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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 United States;

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.

 

Definitions taken from Blacks Law Dictionary, 6th Edition

Anno 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.

 P.s.  We live in 2014 A.D.!!! 

B.C.  An abbreviation for "before Christ".

Christian. 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 Jesus Christ.

Christmas Day. A festival of the Christian church, observed on the 25th of December, in memory of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Church.  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 things.

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.

Law 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 Indians.

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 Bible

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.]  -James 2:8

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 Version

 

Blasphemy- (Black's 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.'" -Mark 3:28-30

 

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:  Vermont Constitution Article 3


Alabama 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 ...
 
Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona,  grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...

Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own formof government...

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 Universe.

Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy
 
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...
 
Hawaii 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 religious liberty...
 
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.
 
Missouri 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 Constitution .
 
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
endeavors ..

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.
 
North Carolina 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 those ..
 
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 ...
 
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty .. establish this..
 
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..
 
Pennsylvania 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.
 
South Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties ... establish this

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
 
Texas 1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
 
Utah 1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution ..
 
Vermont 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...

Virginia 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 tranquility ...

Wyoming 1890,  Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties .. establish  this Constitution ...

After 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." -William Penn
 
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