CONGRESS DECLARES THE BIBLE “THE WORD OF GOD”
97th Congress Joint Resolution
[S.J.Res. 165] 96 Stat. 1211
Public Law 97-280 - October 4, 1982
Public law: “… the relations
between the state and the people who compose it, the responsibilities of
public officers to the state, the relations between the state and the
people who compose it, the responsibilities of public officers to the
state, to each other, and to private persons, and the relations of
states to one another. … That portion of law that defines rights and
duties with either the operation of government, or the relationships
between the government and individuals, associations, and
corporations.” -Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th Edition.
Critical Note: It is written,"
As for God, his way is
perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless... -Psalms 18:30 The
Constitution is a flawed experimental instrument!
NEVER Ever be deceived!
Joint Resolution authorizing and requesting the President to
proclaim 1983 as the “Year of the Bible.”
Whereas the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in
shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people;
Whereas deeply held religious convictions springing from the Holy
Scriptures led to the early settlement of our Nation;
Whereas Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that
are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the constitution of the
Whereas many of our great national leaders—among them Presidents
Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson—paid tribute to the surpassing
influence of the Bible in our country's development, as the words of
President Jackson that the Bible is “the rock on which our Republic rests”;
Whereas the history of our Nation clearly illustrates the value of
voluntarily applying the teachings of the Scriptures in the lives of
individuals, families, and societies;
Whereas this Nation now faces great challenges that will test this
Nation as it has never been tested before; and
Whereas that renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through Holy
Scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and
requested to designate 1983 as a national “Year of the Bible” in recognition
of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our Nation, and our
national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.
Approved October 4, 1982.
1 U.S. Cong. & Adm. News '82-29 96 Stat. 1211
Legislative History - S.J. Res. 165:
Congressional Record. Vol 128 (1982)
Mar. 31 considered and passed Senate.
Sept. 21 Considered and passed House.
taken from Blacks Law Dictionary, 6th Edition
domini. In the year of the Lord. Commonly abbreviated
A.D. The computation of time, according to the Christian era, dates from
the birth of Christ.
We live in 2014 A.D.!!!
An abbreviation for "before Christ".
Pertaining to Jesus Christ or the religion founded by
him; professing Christianity. As a noun, it signifies one who accepts and
professes to live by the doctrines and principles of the Christian religion; it
does not include Mohammedans, Jews,
pagans, or infidels. One who believes or
professes or is assumed to believe in Jesus Christ, and the truth as
taught by Him.
Christianity. The religion founded and established by
A festival of the Christian church, observed on the
25th of December, in memory of the birth of Jesus Christ.
In its most general sense, the religious society
founded and established by Jesus Christ, to receive, preserve, and propagate His
doctrines and ordinances. It may also mean a body of communicants gathered into
church order; body or community of Christians, united under one form of
government by the profession of the same faith and the observance of the
same ritual and ceremonies; place where persons regularly assemble for worship;
congregation; organization for religious purposes; religious society or body;
the clergy or officialdom of a religious body.
Religion. Man's relation to Divinity,
to reverence, worship, obedience, and submission to mandates [command] and
precepts [to do or refrain from doing as to moral conduct] of supernatural or
superior beings. In its broadest sense includes all forms of belief in the
existence of superior beings exercising power over human beings by volition,
imposing rules of conduct, with future rewards and punishments. Bond
uniting man to God, and a virtue [moral excellence] whose purpose is to render
God worship due him as source of all being and principle of all government of
Spiritual. Relating to religious or ecclesiastical persons
or affairs, as distinguished from "secular*"
or lay, worldly*, or business matters.
*Secular. Not Spiritual; not ecclesiastical; relating to
affairs of the present (temporal) world.
*Worldly. Of or pertaining to the world or the present
state of existence; temporal; earthly; devoted to, interested in, or connected
with this present life, and its cares, advantages, or pleasures, to the
exclusion of those of a future life. Concerned with enjoyment of this
present existence; secular; not religious; spiritual, or holy.
spiritual. The ecclesiastical
law, or law Christian.
Conflict of Law. ...that branch of jurisprudence, arising
from the diversity of the laws of different nations, states or jurisdictions, in
their application to rights and remedies, which reconciles the inconsistency, or
decides which law or system is to govern in the particular case, or settles the
degree of force to be accorded, to the law of another jurisdiction.
Conflict of personal laws. Term used to describe conflicts
within a particular state arising from application of general law to racial and
religious groups which have their own laws, e.g. tribal laws of the
Foreign. Belonging to another nation or country; belonging or
attached to another jurisdiction; made, done, or rendered in another state or
jurisdiction; subject to another jurisdiction; operating or solvable in another
territory; extrinsic; outside; extraordinary.
It is written:
"BRETHREN, IF any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin
of any sort, you who are spiritual-who are responsive to and controlled by
the Spirit- should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any
sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping eye on yourself, lest
you should be tempted also. Bear (endure, carry) one another's burdens
and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and
observe perfectly the law of Christ, the Messiah, and complete what
is lacking [in your obedience to it]. For if any person thinks of
himself to be somebody [too important to condescend to shoulder another's
load], when he is nobody [of superiority except in his own estimation], he
deceives and deludes and cheats himself." -Galations 6:1-3 Amplified
If indeed you [really] fulfill the
royal Law, in accordance with
the Scripture, You shall love your
neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well. [Lev. 19:18.]
It is written: "IF THEN you
have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His
resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal
treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of
God. [Ps. 110:1.] And set your minds and keep them set on what is above-
the higher things- not on the things that are on the earth." -Colossians 3:1, 2 Amplified Bible
"I APPEAL, to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in
view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your
bodies- presenting all your members and faculties- as a living sacrifice,
holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your
reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do
not be conformed to this world- this age, fashioned after and adapted to its
external, superficial customs. But be transformed (changed) by the
[entire] renewal of your mind- by its new ideals and its new attitude- so
that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and
perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect
[in His sight for you}." -Romans 12:1, 2 Amplified Bible
"ONE DAY as Jesus was instructing the people
in the temple [porches] and preaching the good news (the Gospel), the chief
priests and the scribes came up with the elders [members of the Sanhedrin]
And said to Him, Tell us by what (sort of) authority You are doing these
things? Or who is it who gave You this authority? He replied to
them, I will also ask you a question. Now answer Me. Was the baptism
of John from heaven or from men? And they argued and discussed [it]
and reasoned together with themselves, saying, If we reply, From heaven, He
will say, Why then did you not believe him? But if we answer, From
men, all the people will stone us to death; for they are long since firmly
convinced that John was a prophet. So they replied that they did not
know from where it came. Then Jesus said to them, Neither do I tell
you by what authority I do these things."
-Luke 20:1-8 Amplified
Law Dictionary 6th Ed.): Any oral or written reproach maliciously
cast upon God, His name, attributes, or religion [Christianity/ doctrines of
Jesus Christ]. In general, blasphemy may be described as consisting in
speaking evil of the Deity with an impious purpose to derogate (detract;
belittle) from the divine majesty, and alienate the minds of others from the
love and reverence of God. It is purposely using words concerning God
calculated and designed to impair and destroy the reverence, respect, and
confidence due Him as the intelligent creator, governor, and judge of the
world. It embraces the idea of detraction, when used towards the Supreme
Being, as "calumny" (false and malicious statement; slander) usually carries
the same idea when applied to an individual. It is A WILLFUL AND MALICIOUS
ATTEMPT TO LESSON MEN'S REVERENCE OF GOD BY DENYING
HIS EXISTENCE OR HIS ATTRIBUTES AS AN INTELLIGENT CREATOR, GOVERNOR, AND JUDGE
OF MEN, AND TO PREVENT THEIR HAVING CONFIDENCE IN HIM AS SUCH. ...In English
Law, blasphemy is the offence of speaking matter relating to God, Jesus
Christ, the Bible, or the Common Prayer, intended to wound the feelings of
mankind or to excite contempt and hatred against the church by law
established, or to promote immorality.
It is written:
[Jesus:] "I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men
will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will
never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin. He said this because they
[teachers of the law] were saying, 'He has an evil spirit.'"
America's founders did not intend for there to be a
separation of God and state, as shown by the fact that all 50 states
acknowledge God in their state constitutions:
Constitution Article 3
1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of
Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and
establish the following Constitution ...
Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the
people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and
pioneered this great land ...
1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of
Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this
1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of
Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own formof
California 1879, Preamble. We,
the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom
Colorado 1876, Preamble. We,
the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of
1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut,
acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to
Delaware 1897, Preamble.
Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and
serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences ..
Florida 1885, Preamble. We,
the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our
constitutional liberty . establish this Constitution...
Georgia 1777, Preamble We, the
people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do
ordain and establish this Constitution...
1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii,
Grateful for Divine Guidance ... establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the
people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to
secure its blessings ...
Illinois 1870, Preamble. We,
the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil,
political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and
looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Indiana 1851, Preamble. We,
the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free
exercise of the right to chose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the
People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings
hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these
blessings . establish this Constitution
Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the
people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious
privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We,
the people of the Commonwealth of grateful to Almighty God for the civil,
political and religious liberties...
Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We,
the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil,
political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble. We the
People of Maine.. acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of_the
Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity ... and imploring
His aid and direction.
Maryland 1776, Preamble. We,
the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble.
We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the
goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe ... in the course of His
Providence, an opportunity ..and devoutly imploring His direction ...
Michigan 1908, Preamble. We,
the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the
blessings of freedom .. establish this Constitution
Minnesota 1857, Preamble. We,
the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and
religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings
Mississippi 1890, Preamble.
We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God,
and invoking His blessing on our work.
1845, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri,
with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for
His goodness ... establish this Constitution ...
Montana 1889, Preamble. We,
the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty.
establish this Constitution..
Nebraska 1875, Preamble. We,
the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom .. establish this
Nevada 1864, Preamble. We the
people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom
establish this Constitution ...
New Hampshire 1792, Part I
Art. I Sec. V. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship
God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble. We,
the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and
religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to
Him for a blessing on our
New Mexico 1911, Preamble. We,
the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty
New York 1846, Preamble. We,
the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our
freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of
North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for
our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our
dependence upon Him for the continuance of
North Dakota 1889, Preamble.
We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of
civil and religious liberty, do ordain...
Ohio 1852, Preamble. We the
people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure
its blessings and to promote our common ...
1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of
Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty ..
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section
2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God
according to the dictates of their consciences..
1776, Preamble. We, the people of Pennsylvania,
grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and
humbly invoking His guidance
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble.
We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the
civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and
looking to Him for a blessing
South Carolina 1778, Preamble.
We, the people of he State of South Carolina. grateful to God for our
liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota,
grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties ... establish
1796, Art. XI.III That all men have a natural
and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of
1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic
of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for
life and liberty, we establish this Constitution ..
1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to
... enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and
other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man...
1776, Bill of Rights, XVI ... Religion, or the
Duty which we owe our Creator ... can be directed only by Reason ... and that it
is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and
Charity towards each other ...
Washington 1889, Preamble. We
the People of the State of Washington grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the
Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution ..
West Virginia 1872, Preamble.
Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political
and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia. reaffirm our faith in
and constant reliance upon God ...
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble. We,
the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic
Wyoming 1890, Preamble.
We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil,
political, and religious liberties .. establish this Constitution ...
reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced
with the prospect that maybe, just maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control
federal courts are wrong!
"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."
If you found this to be "Food for
thought.." send to as many that you think will be touched by it also. GOD