Quotes and Realities
- God's Loving Response To Our Sin
"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities [sin, evil] have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things. No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.... ...so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him...." [To Read about God's Redemption and Good News, click here]
- Isaiah 59:1-4, 16b (NIV)
- Joseph Story
"Probably at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, and of the amendment to it now under consideration [the first amendment], the general if not the universal sentiment in America was, that Christianity out to receive encouragement from the state so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience and the freedom of religious worship. An attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation [condemnation], if not universal indignation [outrage]. It yet remains a problem to be solved in human affairs, whether any free government can be permanent where the public worship of God and the support of religion constitute no part of the policy or duty of the state in any assignable shape."
- Joseph Story: Attorney; Jurist, Educator; U.S. Representative, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by President James Madison, founded Harvard School of Law, along with Chancellor James Kent is known as "Father of American Jurisprudence."
Quoted from: Story, Joseph, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States: with a Preliminary Review of the Constitutional History of the Colonies and States Before the Adoption of the Constitution, fourth edition with notes and additions by Cooley, Thomas (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1873), Page 605, Book III § 1874,1875.
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.