America was founded on Judeo Christian Principles and there is no questioning of that fact when one does their due diligence and thoroughly studies our nations history.
Let's start by going back to Jamestown, Virginia, 1607, the first permanent English settlement in America. Listen to their first Charter, "The Cradle of the Republic", "We greatly commending, and graciously accepting of their desires for the furtherance of so noble a work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, propagating of Christian Religion to such people."
Then we have the Pilgrims arriving at Cape Cod in late December of 1620, where before setting foot on dry land drew up America's first contract of government, "The Mayflower Compact".
"In the name of God, Amen. "And it continues"... Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith ... a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia ... in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together."
The Mayflower compact, based on the pattern of biblical covenant, is recognized by scholars as the founding document that led to a whole series of covenants, compacts and constitutions culminating in the United States Constitution framed in 1787.
Then in 1643 the new England Settlements formed their bond in what is known as the “Articles of Confederation” "Whereas we all came into these parts of America with one and the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospel in purity with peace;"
So what about the Signers of our "Declaration of Independence." Were they deists and atheists like the modern day secularists want you to believe? No the truth is, 52 of the 56 men who signed our nation’s birth certificate were Trinitarian Christians. David Barton with “Wallbuilders” points out that at least 24 had seminary degrees.
Now listen to these quotes: George Washington believed God’s Hand was on America. In 1778 he wrote a letter to Thomas Nelson Jr., in which he marveled at how much the Lord was helping the American cause. He said, “The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this [meaning the colonies’ victories in the American War for independence], that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.” In other words, God's hand helped us so much that anyone who can’t see that and can’t thank Him must be worse than an unbeliever.
Then let's look at George Washington's Farewell Address where he pointed out that the two foundations for political prosperity in America were religion and morality and that no one could be called an American Patriot who attempted to separate politics from its two foundations. He explained, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, [Religion and Morality] are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these two great pillars?"
John Quincy Adams, in his speech on July 4th, 1837, at Newburyport said, "The biggest victory won in the American Revolution was that Christian principles and civil government would be tied together in what he called an "indissoluble" bond.
Another proof of the Founding Fathers faith and commitment to God occurred on December 4th, 1800. On that date, both the House and the Senate approved the US Capital to be used for church services. That’s right, there was no “Separation of Church and State” as we hear today. From 1800 all the way through Abraham Lincoln, church services were held in the US Capital. Sometimes crowds were so big (upwards of 2,000) that they would overflow into the Supreme Court Chambers.
Here is another confirmation that America was founded on Christian principles. The very first session of the Continental Congress in 1774 not only started with a prayer, but that prayer lasted 3 hours and included bible study. That day was so incredible that John Adams wrote his wife Abigail a letter stating that God had spoken to them out of Psalm 35 in such a way that they believed for the first time they could defeat the British. Out of that meeting and from that point forward they said God knows what is happening in America and from that day forward you'd see them appeal to God, and bring their cause before God as a just cause. Out of the continental congress eventually grew, "The Declaration of Independence" and ultimately our "Constitution".
The laws of our nation are based entirely on Judeo Christian Principles and the 10 Commandments. For proof of that all you have to do is take a trip to Washington and you'll see "Moses and the 10 Commandments" as you walk up the steps near the top of the Capitol Building, engraved on the two huge oak doors as you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, inside the courtroom on the wall right above where the Supreme Court judges sit, in the Library of Congress, Rotunda, etc. Plus you'll see Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington, D.C.
Patrick Henry, the patriot and Founding Father of our country said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
So there is no doubt was founded as a Christian Nation on Judeo Christian principles, and believe it or not 99.8% of the people in our nation were Christians by the time of the American Revolution.
As we move up through history on into the late 19th century we see that our country was still viewed as a Christian Nation.
All the evidence of our Christian origin was studied by the Supreme Court of the United States, and in 1892 they gave us what is known as the "Trinity Decision". "In that, the Supreme Court of the United States declared: These and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian Nation"
So you might ask, where are we as a Nation today and why would anyone make a statement that we are no longer a Christian Nation? To answer that question we need to take a look at what began to happen around 50 years ago. To do so click here, or click on the button on the top left, "Freedom of Religion Today".