Today begins a new series that hopefully will help people come to understand that we are fast becoming a nation “not under God.”
While there are those who will vehemently deny that America was founded on Christian principles, there is no denying proven history? However, there are those who insist on rewriting history to favor their own agendas.
True there were inhabitants living here prior to the discovery of the new world by explorers who came from Europe, they were not Americans. They were various tribes scattered throughout the land with the various tribal names. But America as a nation had not been formed at that time.
America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine navigator and explorer who played a prominent role in exploring the New World. On his third voyage, he discovered present-day Rio de Janeiro. Believing he had discovered a new continent, he called South America the New World. In 1507, America was named after him. Based on available history, we can see that he was a believer in Christ and the Bible.
Vespucci received his early education from his paternal uncle, a Dominican friar named Giorgio Antonio Vespucci. So what is a Dominican friar?
“Dominican Friars belong to the worldwide family of friars, sisters, nuns and laity which comprise the Order of Preachers (also sometimes referred to as “the Dominicans”). Founded in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman, the Order of Preachers was created in response to a desperate need for informed preaching.”
“The single mission of the Order of Preachers embraces many ministries, developed as needed to bring the Word of God to people in varying societies and circumstances. St. Dominic had this in mind when he urged the first members of the Order to identify with each culture, to listen to the voice of the poor, to those who sought deeper meaning in life and who sought to know God.”
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in November 1620. They were Christians fleeing first England and then Holland because of their faith and belief in Jesus Christ. They fled seeking religious liberty from the control of the state church; and their disagreement on how the Bible should be read and interpreted. One of the first things that they did in America was to build their church.
The Pilgrims were first called “Old Comers.” They were later called Pilgrimes, and in 1820, they were referred to as the colony founders and the “Pilgrim Fathers.” Follow the link above to read more about the Pilgrims in America who came over on the Mayflower.
They first left England and went to Holland, but there they still did not find the land where they could comfortably live and practice their Christian faith. Since they no longer agreed with the Church of England and the Catholic Church, they sought a new land and came to America.
Their churches were created around the church as described in the New Testament. They studied the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin. They had many differences with the two churches in England and fled to Holland where later they felt they were losing their language and culture and then decided to risk everything and come to the “New World.”
Thus, the Christian faith came to America along with the very first European inhabitants. Since that time, there have been two major faiths in America – the various Protestant Churches and the Catholic Church. Before 1845, the Catholic population in America was very small, and they were mostly English Catholics.
After the potato famine in Ireland, and other conditions in Europe, Catholic immigrants began flocking to America. Many members of other faiths—Jews, Protestants, and even some Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists—arrived in the successive waves of massive immigration to the United States between the 1840s and 1920s.
Follow this link for an interesting comparison between the beliefs of the Catholic and Protestant Churches. They are similar in many ways that they both claim Christianity. However, the compiler of this contrasting list indicates that the Protestant Church became corrupt but does not indicate the historical events of corruption in the Catholic Church over the centuries. Most likely both were and many today still are. The influence of satan on either church was not compared here. The list was prepared by Diffen.
People of all religions have been welcomed in America unless they broke the law of the land. Today, there is a push to allow certain religions to establish their own civil laws in difference to the laws of the United States. Also, America does not force any religion on a non-believer. The Constitution prohibits the United States government from forming a state religion that everyone must recognize and practice. However, over the last few decades, the government has overstepped the bounds of the Constitution and has implemented laws that are in direct opposition to the freedom of religion.
If you are interested in reclaiming a Christian America, you may wish to subscribe to this page using the tab below. It is free. This is the first in a series of articles proclaiming the heritage of America as being a Christian nation. This series is intended to help educate those who have a false idea of what Christianity is and why America flourished when the nation was “one nation under God.”
Part Two: America, the beginning of a Christian based government