The French Revolution was modeled after the successful American Revolution which led to Independence in 1776 and the removal of the British monarch as well from this country, and the thirst for new birth of freedom and democracy. However, here is where the similarities basically stopped. Whereas the United States was and is founded on a set of principles, based on Judeo-Christian ethics and morality, the French were, well, the French!
Our freedom in the West was sown into the fabric of men’s souls by the Bible, Religious Liberty and the following, among many other giants: the Pilgrims; the Puritans; Jonathan Edwards; George Whitefield; Samuel Cooper and the great preachers of personal and literal freedom. British born atheist Tom Paine’s “COMMON SENSE” was a secular philosophical impetus for the America Revolution. However, once that was over, he left these shores and showed his true atheist colors in France!
While Paine was the great pamphelteer and encourager of the US effort, he quickly became the man who introduced secular humanism in Europe (through his book THE AGE OF REASON). Europe is the way it is today, because of Thomas Paine, primarily, and others like him. Here is part of what Paine wrote in this book “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. [Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason].
It was not just Paine, who not surprisingly fell from grace as a hero in the newly formed USA, after the French Revolution, but the famous French writer Voltaire. Voltaire’s entire purpose in life was to dismantle Christianity and do away with the bible. He once said “Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.
Within the past two weeks we will have celebrated both Revolutions – American and French. While the condition of America is approaching reprobate status and we are in need of national repentance and prayer, it is more likely to happen in US. This is because of the powerful Christian underpinnings of this country. The seeds of atheism took hold long ago in France, a country where less than 2% of that country are real believers in Jesus Christ.
As we face drought, hopelessness, desperation and depression here in the US, again caused by godless men and women, we are STILL clearly at an advantage on this French independence day. Whereas the bloody guillotine became identified with their French Revolution, we can take comfort in that our TWO EDGED SWORD -the powerful Word of God – the Bible!
Please visit Bernie’s site to read the entire piece, which serves as a sobering and important reminder of our Judeo-Christian foundation in the USA, which has resulted in the establishment of the freest nation the world has ever known. A nation that respects the individual and his or her right to worship as they please….or not worship at all.
There’s a reason why the symbol of the American Revolution is the Liberty Bell, not the guillotine.