A cultural war is being waged in America against the Bible using a misinterpretation of the concept of “Separation of Church and State.” The misinterpretation lies in the fact that the Bible is not a church or a religion. The Bible is a historical record of God reaching out to us to give us “peace on earth and good will to men,” and other benefits. The Old Testament records the history of God reaching out through Abraham, and promising to bless the world through his lineage. The Bible informs us that this was accomplished through the birth of Christ, through whom we receive forgiveness for our sins by his substitutionary death on the cross. The New Testament records the ministry of Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection, and the early history of how He and God reach out to the world through the earliest Christian disciples and churches.
Religions and their “churches,” mosques, temples etc…are institutions organized around expressing worship based upon the interpretation of historical writings, like the Bible. The phrase “separation of church and state” is being misused to ban the Bible. “Separation of church and state” is common usage for the phrase “wall of separation between the church and the state” which Thomas Jefferson originally penned in a letter to the Baptist Association at Danbury, Connecticut on January 1, 1802. His purpose was to assure them that the American Constitution establishes a wall to protect them from the government favoring one religion or Christian sect or denomination over another, to their detriment. Founding Father’s like Jefferson and Madison intended to keep the state from manipulating religion for political purposes. It was not designed to keep Biblical values from influencing matters of the state and public life.
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