I was recently musing about historical notions of the concepts of God with an Atheist friend of mine, and I asked him which ones he found offensive. I brought up Calvin’s God of predestination and the God of Deism. He said, “The God of Deism is worse than Calvin’s notion of God because he is a deadbeat dad.” Wham! A switchboard went off in my brain. As a Christian myself I have always hated the concept of the God of Deism. And guess what Ladies and Gentleman, that God is the “In God We Trust” on the dollar bill. That God was the God of the founding fathers. But just what is this concept of this God anyway?
The premise of Deism is that God created the universe and then basically said, “You are on your own boys.” In other words, no intervention. The reasoning behind the Deists came from Galileo’s second law of motion that states that if God does not stop an object from moving it is basically meant to move. Of course, Galileo was not a Deist, however when Deists on both sides of the ocean started to extrapolate from Galileo, a very cold God was born. I read a real good overview many years ago of Deism by the great American Deists and I actually felt sick to my stomach. I kid you not. I thought to myself, that I am just reacting that way because Christ as a God of love had really intervened in my life? Maybe. Until my Atheist friend confirmed what I felt.
Now the big boys of the U.S. Constitution: Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, etc. were all stone cold Deists. So was Thomas Paine. Jefferson went so far as to actually put forth a translation of the New Testament and take out anything supernatural. I guess he was writing Jesus Christ Superstar in advance. Well, someone reading this might just think it doesn’t matter what you believe. Oh really? Ideas matter. Ideas impact the world and real human lives. Have you ever stopped to think about how this deadbeat dad of Deism has effected American heartlessness? The founding fathers pro-violence-false liberty may have been different had they not had embraced this God.
You might object and say that they were pro-liberty and disagree. Read Levy’s Book, Jefferson: The Darker Side. As President he was being very sneaky in undermining all his lofty liberty ideals with private letters to those in power in certain States to suppress any freedom of speech against those who criticized his administration. He also believed in slaves, and George Mason who didn’t, refused to sign the Declaration of Independence after writing a damning piece on slavery. Ideas matter. Boy, oh boy, do they matter. And they are at their most deadly when those high and mighty ideals say one thing and those who write them do another.
The whole American ideal is a hands off affair, just like its God printed on the one dollar bill. This God does not pay his child support. This God creates and leaves Americans as orphans. This God is a heartless God and is worshiped by people who began the country and keep it going by its own power, while equality and charity get tossed by the wayside. This God’s sperm is in the gutter and his love is in the sink. This God and his deadbeat disciples of non-intervention refuse to help those left by the roadside for dead. This God and his zombies would not know a real Christian if he kicked him in the ass. Neither would he know an real Atheist either. After all, where there is no passion, there is no feelings for others. Where there is no feelings for others, there is no town, city, or state. In fact, there is no nation.
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