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Thomas Jefferson's Belief on JESUS CHRIST
Thomas Jefferson: America's only President to "TRANSLATE" the writings of Jesus from the Greek!
Have you ever read a quote which "seemed" to show that our Founding Fathers weren't Christians? Almost all of these are twisted, manipulated, set in different settings, and/or lifted from context to make a point of view to promote their own agenda:
anti-Biblical point of view."
The plain truth is - if seeking of truth matters to the modern age - is as follows: America's founding Fathers 'in general':
> > despised denominations, period!
> > despised denominations fussing and fighting,
> > despised denominational leaders living "high-on-the-working-man's labor",
> > despised denominational leaders trying to manipulate and control others' lives, by false religious demands;
If you take many of the vitriolic statements by the Founding Fathers that initially seem to be "anti-God, anti-Christianity, etc.," and inspect them carefully, you will find virtually 100% of them are against "organized denominational religion and its many vices."
Personally, this NewtonStein Academy Research Group - which is quite vast and experienced - is not aware of even one single statement . . . by even one of the Founding Fathers . . . that is "against Jesus Christ!"
Thomas Jefferson, for example, who said more against all phases of organized religion than most any other 25 presidents combined: yet Thomas Jefferson by his own words
> > Loved and adored Jesus Christ!
> > Professed boldly to be a sincere and dedicated Christian in the first degree,
> > Believed in Jesus Christ and His writings to be far superior to all other writings of humanity - saying:
'Christ's words are like diamonds in dunghills' - standing out brilliantly among all other great writings of all great philosophers of all ages including himself!
> > Amazingly, Jefferson took the time to learn the Greek language, just to study the New Testament!
> > Owned Scriptures in several languages and studied them all - from French to Latin - besides the original languages of the Holy Scriptures!
> > Jefferson believed in an "afterlife" of heaven and eternal bliss!
> > Jefferson believed in a final judgement, where all would receive judgement!
> > Jefferson believed in the judgement of God upon Nations, upon the Earth, and said that he, personally:
'trembled for fear when he realized God was just, that He had punished other nations, and that if the USA continued decadent ways, He would have to judge the USA also . . .'
> > These things being true in his own words, Jefferson, admittedly had some some strange beliefs, such as, he didn't believe God performed miracles today, but simply meted out sowing and reaping according to ones deeds.
> > Jefferson also didn't believe Christ was resurrected just after the Crucifixion, but that would be - someday - when himself, Thomas Jefferson,and all other Earthlings were resurrected, at the Last day!
> > Jefferson also didn't believe the Virgin Birth or that Jesus was God's Son in a Spiritual-Conception kind of way, but rather by obedience, faith and commitment, etc.,
**Admittedly, these were unusual understandings, but then Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, and Jesse Jackson have some strange beliefs too!
In spite of these two strange beliefs, Thomas Jefferson believed as follows:
Jesus was the Christ,
died for our sins,
provided eternal salvation,
and was the Saviour . . .not as a "divine being"
. . . but as "a Perfect Man" . . . as the "Second Adam" perfect in every way, living the sinless life Adam did not live.
This "Jesus-was-the-Second-Adam, the PERFECT MAN, was a widespread belief at various times over the centuries, based on the following Scriptures:
In spite of the 2,000 years controversy - some times called "Arianism" - and mostly promoted by the Jehovah's witnesses today, either belief does not nullify salvation.
Scripture very clearly says:
> > Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ,
> > Is born of God! I John 5:1
As precious as the Doctrine of the Virgin Birth is to us, neither Jesus nor Paul EVER even mentioned it (nor did James, Jude, John, or Mark) - much less did they preach, emphasize it, it or make it a matter of salvation - thus it does not prevent Thomas Jefferson's salvation.
This type of conversation could continue to fill a book, but suffice it to show that Thomas Jefferson - as he personally claimed - was a "true Christian" . . . the "VERY kind Jesus wanted men to be!"
Jefferson's Amazing Priorities:
Perhaps his zeal and devotion for Christ can be shown in this example, and all of this has personally pointed out to many college professors who have been shocked to learn:
(a) Thomas Jefferson as President of the USA, with Islamic War, Tripoli, etc., the Louisiana Purchase, etc.,
(b) And ALL that being president of the USA involves (with hand written letters, meetings, etc.),
(c) It was while Thomas Jefferson was President - that HE TOOK THE GREAT AMOUNT OF TIME - to personally translate the Gospel of Jesus - four whole books of the New Testament!
(d) Thomas Jefferson did this from the original languages, and oldest versions and Latin and French Versions (so he did this very seriously!!!)
(e) Thomas Jefferson also did a special version for the American Native Tribes for their understanding;
(f) Which Thomas Jefferson version is popularly called: "The Jefferson Bible" - which is still available today.
Thomas Jefferson was also sincere enough as a 'Boldly professing Christian, that he never smoked tobacco, never indulged in alcohol, never told off-color humor or used any profane language;
Thomas Jefferson had no vices, in any degree, at any age. In fact, Jefferson was quite pleased to share with his children, that he held his high Christian standards all though college . . . sowing no wild oats: just seeds of serious studies!
Furthermore, Thomas Jefferson was a man of:
fasting and prayer,
of faithful prayer,
who held preaching services in the US Capitol Building,
paid for by US tax dollars,
that he faithfully attended;
and further saw to it that the Marine Band - which he as President hired to play for Sunday Preaching at the US Capitol, was also paid out of US tax dollars for playing there each Lord's Day meeting.
Thomas Jefferson CONCLUSION:
No matter how one sees Jefferson with his different understanding of Christ as the "Second-Adam a Perfect-Man, and Christianity, it must be conceded he was a sincere learned and follower of Jesus Christ, and was a sterling example to the highest degree, far better than many TV preachers of the modern generation, and better than most preachers of most ages!
To greater and lesser degrees, each of the Founding Fathers had unique beliefs, just as Pilgrim-Puritans, Southern Baptists, Pennsylvania Quakers, 'Mary-land' Catholics, Princeton Presbyterians, New England Thomas-Hooker Congregationalists, and German Lutherans all had different beliefs - then and now - though all stem from the same Holy Scriptures.
With this back ground, perhaps a better understanding can be gained about what the Founding Fathers truly believed.
Realize, the Founding Fathers were human beings, and as such, were like people today. Some were very irreligious and agnostic when very young, apathetically indifferent when middle-aged, somewhat more concerned when more mature, and seriously reverent when aged: especially Franklin, Lincoln, Hamilton, etc.
In the post AD-2000 era, consider Ted Turner of CNN fame. He was president of the American Atheist Association for decades . . . and is now in his seventies:
> > Ted Turner has now become a believer!
> > His wife Jane Fonda an open Born Again Christian,
> > Ted Turner public declares he "prays when his friends are sick";
> > And Ted Turner - former President of American Atheists Association - tells the world he believes "God is speaking to America through the BP oil spill in the Gulf, and the WV coal mine disasters of 2010!
Is not this amazing?
As was stated before, most thinking people have some strange beliefs! "YOU" may be among them!
Most modern scholars from academic - the atheist, secular, PRO-GAY, anti-Christ, Ivy League who want to manipulate your thinking will not admit to "all" that the Founding Fathers said over their lifetime.
Many Born-Again scholars also ignore some Founding Fathers' statements (such King James being a flaming homosexual his whole life!)
> > Many Evangelicals ignore the agnostic statements of their early years, or the strange beliefs of later years;
> > Modern God-haters hate to admit that ALL of the Founding Fathers became more God-fearing and reverent as they aged.
Keeping these small-minded prejudices of weak modern scholarship in mind, you can gain a truer picture of what our Founding Fathers really believed . . . giving weighted value to the statements of their later years - their wisdom and beliefs - AFTER they had studied and thought about spiritual things for a life time!
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