A Question of Faith
by Edgar J. Steele
And Jesus called a little child unto him,
and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted,
and become as little children,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
-- Matthew 18:2,3
April 22, 2002
My friend and well-known patriot activist, Jack McLamb, asks the following:
To all constitutional scholars out there on the web. Let's see if you can answer this question from an inquisitive friend my son has been working on educating on such important matters...
"How did the Founding Fathers know that the specific rights they spelled out "right to life, liberty and property/the pursuit of happiness", the right to practice your religion, speak/not speak, assemble, right to self protection (2nd. Amendment), etc. etc., - were/are inalienable rights FROM God?"
Another way to put the question might be: "If we had to prove in a court of law - the particular rights the Founders so listed were given to us by Jehovah God, could we do so?"
Seems a very simple question does it not?,...i.e., "the Founders spelled out certain "inalienable rights" allegedly from GOD. But, how did they learn of, or know for sure, that these particular rights were the rights granted from Almighty GOD to HIS followers? What source/s did they use to gain this precise knowledge?
So far, in answer from the constitutional scholars I have personally contacted, we have been given the answer: "go and read certain (many) books, many of which we have in our library, or have already read, but these books do not seen to have the answer to the precise simple question this young man asked...
In the 20 plus years I have been publishing our constitutional publication for our police and soldiers I have never been asked this question. Sadly, I do not have the answer. But, we police and soldiers here believe we should be able to answer this young man's question. Can you help?
Here is my response:
This one is easy, Jack.
How do you know God exists? You take it on faith, if not by the abundant evidence that surrounds you at every moment of every day.
How do you know that breathing is a right you possess? You take it on faith, the same way the founding fathers took on faith that, in addition to life, there were certain other inalienable rights: liberty and the pursuit of happiness (i.e., the right to make one's own way in the world...to work and to ensure one's continued existence, in other words).
Freedom requires all three, which is why they were enunciated as the touchstone. All the others (speech, bearing arms, etc.) are mere corollaries of the fundamental right of existing and ensuring one's continued existence. Where one's expression of inherent rights bumps up against another's marks the limitations. It's the drawing of artificial, more restrictive, lines by which our government purports to restrict our rights day by day, of course.
Thomas Jefferson said it straight out in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Self-evident. On faith, in other words.
A child's understanding of faith is far more profound than his elders'. Ask your son's young friend how he knows his father is his father and he will show that he "gets" this concept better than you and I, believe me. He knew the answer all along; he just wanted independent, adult verification. He is getting older and thus beginning to forget the easy grace of childhood. We have been beaten down and corrupted by the daily onslaught of government propaganda. He hasn't...just yet.
Questions of faith become difficult only as one ages. Ye must be as a child to enter into the kingdom of God, don't forget. Faith. Here is where we are best taught by our children.
Prove it in court? I wouldn't even try. That would take a
miracle...and that 34th Street existed only in the minds of Hollywood script
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."
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