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Friday, January 11, 2013 12:01 am
The title of Mark Souder’s guest column on Dec. 25 deserves a response: “Jesus was no politician; and no politician could stress God without being crucified.” That’s not the constitutional point a politician such as Souder should make. No politician should stress God because doing so is unconstitutional. In the Constitution human beings are not defined in terms of religious beliefs. It does not acknowledge our people’s dependence on God or their past. All human beings can be (but atheists, Muslims and gays are not) free and equal citizens. Constitutionally, religious belief is inessential baggage — and no person running for president (Souder’s example) should stress God.The gospels, for example, are not just nonpolitical; they are in fact, transpolitical. Christ does not demand that his followers establish a specific form of government or even that they rule politically, and the New Testament contains no legal code for political governance. The Gospels instead teach all citizens to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s while revealing that God’s true kingdom is not of this world.

Christianity, by distinguishing divine law from human law, makes possible the separation of church and state, although it does not necessarily demand separation as Christ did. Christian thinkers turned elsewhere (Plato, Aristotle, Saint Thomas Aquinas, etc.) for political guidance.

But our founding fathers turned to John Locke for their guidance. Locke performed this task. In fact, the American Constitution of 1789 is largely a Lockeon construction. It has been said that “Locke dominates American political thought as no thinker anywhere dominates the political thought of a nation.” This seems to be true at least from the Declaration of Independence forward.

So, what’s permitted? Our deistic founding father’s creation of “America’s public religion” (Benjamin Franklin) Sept. 6, 1774. Why’s that unacceptable to fundamentalists? It’s economical; that’s why.

B.J. PaschalThose who foolishly think vouchers put God back into the schools are sadly mistaken, for God is already everywhere; for God is omnipresent. (Psalm 139:7-12). It is religion which is not to be taught in the public schools.

If parents want their children taught religion (heaven forbid) they can send their children to church (Sunday school) where they will be taught religion. Religion includes lies by those who blindly serve Satan because they know not truth. Hence, they have aligned themselves with the armies of the beast (Revelation 14:9-11).

Revelation advances to the present from just a blink away in the future; and the past is just a blink away from the present. You can always change sides before you literally die. Such change of mind is baptism and does not require witness or ritual.

God is one, all of creation and vice versa. All of creation is created in the image of God, not just the image of man. Jesus was just a man adept in understanding. Worship of Jesus (a graven image in your mind) is idolatry, which blinds you to truth. Our brain makes us superior to other animals; but, idolatry lowers your thinking to the level of the beast, the beast of Revelation. Mere religion is not truth.

Richard D. Sloan

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