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The Influence of the Bible on America

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Take an exciting  journey from Colonial times through  the late-nineteenth century and discover how The Bible shaped America, its institutions, its laws and its values.

The Bible's profound influence on America, widely understood by previous generations, is largely unrecognized today. For years, Americans saw the Bible as a practical guidebook for directing every aspect of daily life. This inspiring Five-Week series documents the dramatic impact of the Bible on American life and culture over the past four centuries. The video-based course includes discussion, original document & Bible verse study, and a weekly quiz in order to understand the depth of our nation's Godly foundations.

Robert Langdon February 20, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Wonderful! The bible justifies slavery, justifies treating women as subservient to men, justifies racism, and ignorance. it is being used as a scientific document although created before science existed. Its impact in justifying ignorance is through interpretation by men who desire to enslave mankind's minds and maintain the parasitic establishment of religious leaders is readily apparent. There is nothing godly about the bible except to give the impression that it is. Thanks to the many gods of mankind that the Bible along with the Torah, the Book of Mormon, and the Koran are Truly irrelevant and harmful to our survival. The Bible has become the handiwork of Satan throughout our history. We are not a Christian nation. We just say we are. The Republican Tea Party along with the right wing orthodox Christians want to destroy our society and our government to impose their view that God is the only government we need to survive. The Bible is being used to enslave mankind by Religions of enslavement.
D.Mair February 20, 2013 at 05:06 PM
First and foremost let me say all people have the right to their opinions. With that said, the Bible and science are totally opposite. In fact, over many centuries science has tried to discredit the Bible though it has failed at every attempt. Slavery was a common practice in those days and not to distant in our own history. We no longer practice it thank God, nor do we sacrifice animals or shun the lepers. Women being"subservient" The idea that you have to have a head of household makes for good sense otherwise you will never have an end to a discussion however the Bible tells us that the women is equal to the man and the man to the women. To say that there is nothing Godly about the Bible and then say it is satans handiwork is ridiculous. You cannot acknowledge the one without the other. To say that the Bible is harmful to our survival is even more so ridiculous. The Bible teaches love God is Love. Love never hurted anyone. Finally, Jesus never wanted to be in politics or government and He hated religion. Perhaps, we would be better served by people who actually read what it is that they have such strong views against than maybe watching a false interpretation of a movie and then stealing the identity of thefictional Harvard university professor of religious iconology and symbology character…
Robert Langdon February 20, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Science deals with observable phenomena and theories about such phenomena. The theory of God and all the various books such as the Bible, Torah, Koran, Book of Mormon, and others that claim to be the words of the various Gods is based on delusions of the mentally ill or the theological parasites promoting their institutions of religious enslavement. The epistles and gospels were the documents of marketing the theology of Christianity while sacrificing believers as martyrs to further their goals of enslaving mankind to heaven and hell. It is an observable fact that the belief in various Gods has led to the slaughter of millions in the name of some God. We now have the Sunnis and Shites killing each other in the name of Allah. We had the Roman Church versus the Reformists slaughtering each other in the name of Jesus. As for Robert Langdon, , the fictional symbolist , what could be more appropriate to the fiction of the Bible, Koran, and Torah that is used to continue theologies of enslavement. The harm of these false books of the words of the various Gods stares us In the face of history. The evil wrought by Jesus,, Moses, and Mohammed prove that these three are manifestations of a Satan bent on destroying mankind by offering life after death as the alternative to enslavement, physically and mentally.
John Galt February 21, 2013 at 12:59 AM
The Bible, the big lie about a book that is anything but a guidebook other than to hate, suspicion, and ignorance. Does the word of God evolve from accepting slavery to no slavery, accepting witch craft and the burning of heretics to apologies for such belief, accepting no religion except Christianity to tolerance of other religions, accepting the Bible as the answer to our creation and ignoring science, accepting total denial of reality, and creating the idea of an after life with a heaven and hell yet a God that is all forgiving. The Bible is an intolerant document with an intolerant interpretation by intolerant religions. Isn't our nations foundation more on the side of evil as the guide. Our founding fathers were Deists not theologians and feared the evil of religions by evidenced in the First Amendment.
Team Ministry February 25, 2013 at 07:21 AM
"Never be diverted from the truth by what you would like to believe (or disbelieve)." Why is it many people who acuse us who believe the Bible as being intolerant, while they lack tolerance toward others?. Cranbury United Methodist Church has the right to offer a study of biblical influence on our nation. No one is compelling unbelievers to attend. If unbelievers do not trust the Bible, that is their right also. Atheists or agnostics still have ability to be courteous. All who appreciate Judeo-Christian faith and conduct have first amendment rights to do so and to share with other interested people what we treasure as the basis for our beliefs and behaviors. "Anyone is entitled to her or his own opinions, but no one has the right to be wrong about the facts." If unbelievers do not accept that in which we have confidence and hold as convictions, it is their privilege. We admit there have been too many false impressions and misinterpretations about the written Word of God. Nevertheless, the life of Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, is such that even Pontius Pilate, stated in reference to Yeshua (Jesus), that "I find no fault in this Man" (Luke 23:4 & 14; John 18:38; John 19:4 & 6). Apostle Paul listed nine aspects of the "fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, and temperance (self-control)" and added that "against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23). It would be great if everyone had these characteristics.
Robert Langdon February 25, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Employing the words in the bible to empower enslavement, to justify inquisitions, to allow the torture and burning of heretics, to deny human rights of the gay or transgender, to deny women equality, to deny women the right to family planing, deny evolution, and on and on says the word of this god called Jesus and his disciples are words of mortals reinterpreted through history. This sado-masochistic religion of Christianity with it's symbol of the cross holding the crucified body of Jesus has been and continues to be the cloak over the sword of death and enslavement by Christian Soldiers in all your Christian churches. As with Judaism and Islamism, Christianity is an abomination that our founding fathers' feared and excluded their recognition for or against in the First amendment. It is the imposition of religious beliefs with their definitions of goodness and evil upon a secular society evolving their own laws of man that confounds our natural evolution in understanding our universe. One may argue sectarianism tames secularism throughout history but the two have gone hand in hand to maintain their power over the masses. As to truth and facts being absolutes in a relative world of reality, that is the basis of all belief whether sectarian or secular. Me thinks Buddha was right when asked about life after death when he supposedly said who cares.
Robert Langdon February 25, 2013 at 01:57 PM
So continue your team ministry while I raise an army of disbelievers in the written words of God by men, and create a God or Gods, that allow tolerance and good will to all humans of all genders and all beliefs except those that promote evil as is now done.


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