Quotes and Realities
- God's Word Above All
"And God spoke all these words: `I am the Lord your God... You shall have no other gods before me... ... You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God....' Furious with rage, [king] Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.... and said to them... 'if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand? ' Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it... But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.' "
- Exodus 20:1,5, Daniel 3:13,15-18 (NIV)
- Sir William Blackstone
"Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator, for he is entirely a dependent being.... he should in all points conform to his Maker's will. This will of his Maker Is called the law of nature.... This law of nature, being coeval [coexistent] with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.... The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law and they are to be found only in the holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found upon comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature.... Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these."
- Sir William Blackstone: Attorney, Jurist, Political Philosopher, lectured on law, elected to Parliament , chair of Bar, judge in court of Common Pleas, his Commentaries on the Laws of England became the premier legal work used by the Founders and were practically the final word in law for much of America's history.
Quoted From: Barton, David, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2010) , 223: originally quoted from Blackstone, William, Commentaries on the Laws of England (Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1771), Vol I, 39, 41-42.
Have you ever read the Constitution and wondered “what were the Founders intentions behind this or that phrase?” The US Constitution in the Resources section contains online references to the Federalist Papers – an early work by three founding fathers on the intention of each section of the US Constitution. But, if you are looking for something more lively, you could turn to the records of the continental congress link in the Resources section, under Congressional Records, or Elliot's or Farrand's records of the debates, or read about the intentions in the more personalized correspondence, writings and letters of the founders.