Thomas Jefferson: “We are all endowed by our CREATOR with certain unalienable rights”, etc.
Who is this CREATOR that Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, and our other founding Fathers espoused in the Declaration of Independence?
Let’s give some thought to the concept of our Creator and see if we can discern who this person is…and what attributes this divine person maintains. Is our Creator a real source of power, intelligence, awareness, consciousness, and meaning…or is this concept just a meaningless idea of some delusional American founders? Let’s focus first on who our founders viewed as our Creator…as well as who they did not view as Creator. First of all, Thomas Jefferson wrote the main body of our Declaration of Independence and his thoughts and perceptions should be understood. What did he mean when he said: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
After reading much of Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy and theology I can discern some of his thinking with reference to this concept that we call Creator. First of all let’s review the various perspectives of the major historical philosophies about God or the concept of Creator. Going back into history there are many and various Gods that people have viewed as important. The God of Israel goes all the way back to Creation (some 6000 years of history). This God is viewed as our Creator by most Jews, Moslems, and non-Evangelical Christians. Many from India view Vishnu as the ultimate God/Creator. Many native Americans and similar groups view The Great Spirit as Creator of all. Many Chinese view Pangu as the Creator. Plato and some Greek philosophers view the Demiurge as the ultimate Creator. What are some common ‘names’ for this Creator?
When it comes to ‘names’ for the Creator we generally think of these when we think in English: Jehovah or the God of Israel, Allah (the Arabic name for the God of Abraham…used by most Moslems), Jesus or Christ (used by many Evangelical Christians who declared Yeshua equal with the God of Israel), or Yahweh (the unpronounceable name which really has no vowels…YHWH), and Father God (for many non-Evangelical Christians who prefer this name for the God of Israel). The prophet, Moses, who actually experienced the voice and character of God while on Mount Sinai also was given the name I AM WHO I AM…as the name of this God that we call Creator.
So who did our founding Fathers view as our Creator when they wrote the Declaration of Independence? Basically, all the names above could be relevant with the exception of the name Jesus (in English), Yeshua (in Aramaic), or Ihous (in Greek). Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and many other founding Fathers viewed Jesus as a historical Jew, teacher, and prophet…but not God or our Creator. Our founding Fathers thought of our Creator as a divine spiritual person who was similar to the God of Israel or the God of Moses. Most of our founding Fathers did not ascribe Godhead or Creator status to any historical human being (such as Yeshua) who lived as a human being on this planet. This ruled out a fully human person such as Jesus (Yeshua), a historical Jewish rabbi, as Creator of our Universe. The Creator was an invisible spirit, a divine intelligence, a non-image personage, and the supreme intelligence behind all of that which is created. Names like God Almighty, Creator, El, Elohim, Yahweh, Allah, Father, Holy One, Divine Source, are typical names that our founding Fathers would likely accept as substitute names for our Creator (as described in the Declaration of Independence). Why not Jesus or Yeshua?
The simple answer is that Jesus was a historical human being (therefore a created being). He certainly could be viewed as a Christ or Messiah or Savior or Chosen person or Example or Messenger or Anointed One…but certainly not our Creator, Source of Words (Logos), or Giver of our unalienable Rights…as defined and enunciated in our Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson, if here today, would certainly deny any assertions that Jesus was our Creator and/or giver of our Rights, etc. You can discern the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson by visiting this website: http://nobeliefs.com/jefferson.htm. Jefferson was the most knowledgable American on the issue of the Declaration of Independence and the concept of Creator.
In conclusion, we are definitely endowed by our Creator with all our unalienable rights… including our personhood, potential, and eventual destiny. The Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of our Creator is what we all need to seek. Our Creator should be the Ruler, King, and Governor over our planet. Submission to our Creator is essential for peace, prosperity, happiness, and meaning. Kingdom Economics is based on the premise that God our Creator is active in human affairs and instrumental in leading our world to a future that is permanent and sustainable. Our Creator is also the Source of all our ideas, concepts, words, and our awareness (consciousness). Our Creator is Sovereign, in Control, All knowing, All powerful, Omnipresent, and Active in our human destiny. Judgment Day may be coming for the persons on this planet. This Day should be desired if we want a Solution to our present day problems. Give some thought to the concept of Creator as presented and described in our founding document called the Declaration of Independence. View the Declaration at: www.ushistory.org/declaration.
For continuing updates on our global economy, political events, and the coming Judgment Day see: http://kingdomecon.wordpress.com. For a great site to learn about the God of Israel see: www.hebrew4christians.com. These words are relevant today: Studying biblical Hebrew and Jewish heritage will give you the correct context for reading the B’rit Chadashah (New Testament) by equipping you to comprehend the implications of the Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim (the Tanakh or Old Testament). You will begin to better understand the Hebraic mindset that informs the New Testament and to avoid exegetical errors that distort the original intent of the authors of the Holy Scriptures.