American Founder’s quotes on God, Jesus, and Christianity

It is appalling to realize that a sizeable number of U.S. citizens are significantly ignorant of American history and our founding principles. Our great nation was established based on sound Biblical precepts of morality, freedom, & justice. However, these uniformed denizens of our country are not content to languish in their blissful state of ignorance, no, they aggressively attack our founding concepts by subterfuge, leveling deceptive claims that God and His essential standards have nothing to do with America’s creation. Herein, I submit evidence to the contrary. The following quotes are from the top 10 American Founding Fathers who owed all their success, and proclaimed their solid allegiance, to almighty God.

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George Washington
1st U.S. President
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
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–The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.

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John Adams
2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”
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–Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.

“The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their address, or by me in my answer. And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence. Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.”
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–Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, excerpt from a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
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–Adams wrote this in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776.

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Thomas Jefferson
Washington’s Secretary of State, 3rd U.S. President (2 terms), and Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which cannot take side with us in that event.”
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–Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.

“I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
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–The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.

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John Hancock
1st Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”
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–History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.

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Benjamin Franklin
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Unites States Constitution

“Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity; though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the truth with less trouble. I see no harm, however, in its being believed, if that belief has the good consequence, as probably it has, of making his doctrines more respected and more observed; especially as I do not perceive, that the Supreme takes it amiss, by distinguishing the unbelievers in his government of the world with any peculiar marks of his displeasure.”
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–Benjamin Franklin wrote this in a letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University on March 9, 1790.

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Samuel Adams
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Father of the American Revolution

“And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace.”
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–As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797.

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James Madison
4th U.S. President

“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”
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–Written to William Bradford on November 9, 1772,
-Faith of Our Founding Fathers by Tim LaHaye, pp. 130-131; Christianity and the Constitution — The Faith of Our Founding Fathers by John Eidsmoe, p. 98.

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James Monroe
5th U.S. President

“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”
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–Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.

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John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President

“The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made ‘bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God’ (Isaiah 52:10).”
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–Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.

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Alexander Hamilton
Washington’s Chief of Staff, Secretary of the Treasury, originator of the National Bank, and signer of the Declaration of Independence and ratifier of the U.S. Constitution

“I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.”
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–Famous American Statesmen, p. 126

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For truth, justice, God’s morality, honor, and the original American way,
The Word Guru

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2 Responses to American Founder’s quotes on God, Jesus, and Christianity

  1. John Kelly says:

    Nice cherry-picking. But your quote from Benjamin Franklin establishes that he was not a Christian. In his own words:
    “As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity….” In other words, Franklin doubted that the New Testament quoted Jesus accurately–so much for “divine inspiration”–and did not quite believe in either the Trinity or the divine nature of Jesus. I wonder why you cited him.
    Strangely enough, these very people wrote a constitution that prohibited any test of religion for government office, and forbade the government to establish a religion. They had a perfect opportunity to establish Protestantism, Christianity, or at least monotheism. They didn’t. That speaks volumes.
    As for basing our government on Biblical concepts of morality, freedom, and justice, I have searched the constitution in vain for language addressing blasphemy, respect for the Sabbath, or women’s obligation to wear hats in church. Some provisions are in direct conflict with Scripture: the 1st and 8th Amendments rule out stoning people to death for blasphemy or adultery (in women).
    I’ll admit that until the 14th Amendment was ratified, the constitution agreed with the Bible on one issue: slavery. Both were perfectly OK with it. I guess part of restoring our country to the Christian roots you imagine it had will be to repeal that amendment and bring back slavery. If it was good enough for Paul and Solomon, it ought to be good enough for us!
    You might be interested in reading Forrest Church’s “So Help Me God: The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle Over Church and State.” It might broaden and deepen your understanding of the first four presidents’ approach to religion in the country they helped found.

    • I write this response not because this person is worthy of it, but because there possibly might be those of sound mind, open mind, or good moral values that can benefit from my reply.

      I appreciate your effort to respond; however, as Jesus said, you are “straining at a gnat, but swallowing a camel”. The bible also spoke of those like you when it says many in the last days will exhibit abject folly – professing themselves to be wise, they actually become fools. It would be beneficial if you could view the big picture, include some honesty and truth, and deal with relevant issues. The big picture you ignored, and this quote is used to display, is that Franklin opened his quote with “I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped….”.That sets the tone of the relevancy. Franklin’s solid belief in God & the principles taught by Jesus, in agreement with the other founders, is the key to the issue that America was founded on that belief in God and the precepts of Jesus. Whether they thought He was divine or not, is not a relevant ingredient. I, of course, believe that Jesus was God appearing in human form, but because Franklin was yet not able to accept that fact doesn’t negate the big picture of the overriding allegiance to God and His providence.

      You erroneously assume that the point of my document is to claim America is a “Christian” nation, which it is not, and that by the founder’s purposeful and wise design. Because Christianity is basically a label that humans gave to followers of Jesus and in human terms classified it as a religion, the founders were absolutely not going to grant sanction to it as spelled out in the 1st amendment. They were still very aware of the oppression of organized religions that forced pilgrims to seek the new world and then eventually tried to establish their stranglehold in the American colonies.

      The founders wanted to establish a nation totally free of religious domination, but as Franklin said, “As to Jesus… I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see….” the founders agreed that Jesus’ moral code was the best to use for the standards of the new nation. What you, John, and others like you cannot seem to grasp is that adhering to a sound moral code does not automatically make one religious or create a religion. After all, Hammurabi established a moral code as well, but his system was not labeled a religion.

      You mentioned “cherry picking”. Your reference to it is a deceptive ruse for your immoral agenda, but the founders did some shrewd cherry picking of their own by taking Jesus’ precepts to use as the basis for their government, but leaving out the organized, government sanctioned religion aspect that plagued European culture for so long. It was just common sense to run with what is wise and good.

      Your gross error, or it might be purposeful deception, is that you try to plug Old Testament rules into the scenario. That is totally off base because Jesus brought a New Testament. The old contract with the Jewish nation was discarded and a new one took its place for all of Mankind, not just the Jews. You foolishly set forth a mock search of our constitution for Old Testament Jewish laws like stoning, but under Jesus’ New Contract, those things do not apply to modern Man. Jesus’ message of honesty, love, forgiveness, charity, & freedom is the “big picture” standard, not petty trivialities that you obsessively dwell upon like asking women to cover their head in church. Male biases like that were common in the 1st century A.D. and Jesus knew that Men must be left to finally see the light on equality by slow process that He bagan, and wasn’t going to force them to do things beyond their current thinking. He created Man with free will and He does not play the dictator. This is a reality of life and God is realistic. Moreover, it is essential to note that it is not necessary to embed words like “Bible” or names such as “God” or “Jesus” into a document to enable it to be classified as “of God”. The moral and humanitarian principles are sufficient in themselves for literary identity. Only those ignorant of what Jesus taught are unable to see the constitutions Biblical (New Testament) origin.

      John, you also forget or refuse to acknowledge that, overall, the Bible is a history book as well as a record God’s standards for Man’s proper behavior. It chronicles many things good and bad like honest historical accounts should, but it is the height of ignorance to assume that setting forth actual occurrences that happen to be unethical, immoral, or heinous constitutes approval of such things such as stoning women, killing babies, or slavery. If that were so, we would have to ban most history books in school because they are all filled with accounts of wars and all manner of Man’s inhumanity to Man.

      Slavery is a favorite for the Biblical detractors because they refuse to view realities of life. Slavery as seen in the Bible, was primarily a state of existence allotted to losers of wars, especially for aggressors earning their just rewards. In Jesus’ day, slavery was also the territory of many poor people who, when unable to provide for themselves or their family, sold themselves into slavery to the wealthy as a means of survival. This was the predominate form noted in the New Testament. It is essential to know that Jesus never taught, encouraged, approved, or condoned slavery. Some letters of the New Testament simply ask slaves, for the sake of peace and righteousness to endure their slavery. That is not an approval of the practice. In addition, these slaves could not free themselves, so that is why they were encouraged to be patient with their conditions. However, these recorded instances are the fodder for immoral or atheistic agitators whose prime agenda is denying the relevancy of God and His moral design for Man.

      Atheists are aggressively pursuing their evil agenda to discredit anything concerning Jesus and His morality. They are unable to cope with any responsibility to their Creator. They are in rebellion against God’s authority because it is a major stumbling block and hindrance to their quest for freedom to be immoral. They are taking a devious step further in a public and legal crusade to force others to join their destructive vendetta that ultimately endangers American freedom that is based on the very moral precepts that they vow to destroy. The result if they succeed is anarchy and chaos. I choose order and sound standards of morality – just like Jesus wisely taught.

      The Word Guru

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