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July 5, 2013

TISCIONE: Self-evident truths

By LOU TISCIONE

We’ve just celebrated our Independence Day. We have been blessed by our sovereign God to live in a country established upon the rule of law. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins with a sentence that should be remembered as we continue to live blessed lives. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We shouldn’t allow ourselves to be distracted by whether or not our country was founded as a Christian nation. Even a cursory reading of our founding documents reveals that they were not developed in a moral or religious vacuum. Surely, many of our Founding Fathers were deists, seeing God as the cosmic watchmaker, far removed and uninvolved with His Creation. The God revealed in the Bible is both transcendent and imminent.

However, our founding documents, especially the Declaration of Independence, relied upon Biblical principles. We were founded as a Judeo-Christian country. The basis of our law was grounded in God’s Law. Our stated view of mankind was drawn from the Bible. 

Returning to the sentence quoted from the Declaration of Independence, the first observation is that our founders understood absolute truth. They referred to self-evident truths. That is, they assumed that all men clearly understood that there are absolutes and those absolutes should be evident to all men.

What were these “self-evident” truths? First, they declared that all men were created. They affirmed that there is a God. The self-evident truth is that He is the Creator. The Bible teaches that men and women are made in God’s image. Further, the act of God in creating man is documented to be with one man and one woman. Adam was a historic being. Adam was endowed with an immortal soul, unlike all other creatures. Our founders like all of their contemporaries understood that mankind was not the product of millions of years of chance.

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