Friday, December 15, 2017

Can Deism Be Restored?

I recently was thrown off the Deism FaceBook group when I attempted to explain that my knowledge of the Original Gospel Teachings (see ) was based directly upon the past-life experience of my Soul who lived in that first-century time-frame (see ).   And for even making such a statement that is in opposition to the typical Atheist mindset of those who have infiltrated and taken over the modern Deist movement, I was immediately thrown out of the group (see ).  So, let me also confess that the writings of Thomas Paine, such as the book, The Rights of Man, was also based upon his knowledge drawn from his Soul's previous lives.  As also was the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson and the body of Enlightened Deists who understood the Natural Laws which are the Foundation of what has been termed the Clock-Maker Universe (see Clockmaker Vs Jalopy Universe ).  In fact, few modern Deists can explain the Natural Laws as expressed in the Clock-Maker universe, because they totally lack any understanding of the Journey of the Soul.  And because modern Deism has been overrun with Atheists who reject the very core principles upon which Deism is based, their own folly has made it impossible for them to comprehend the Laws of Nature and Nature's God -- thereby rendering the Deist movement little more than Revealed Deism.  And while there are exceptions within the Deist community, they are indeed rare in relation to the movement of Church-bashing Atheists who call themselves Deists so they can use Deism as a platform to oppose organized religion.    

The website actually sells a book on the Deist foundation of Giordano Bruno (see ) -- using Bruno as an example of when a priest rejects religion and embraces science over religion.  Was this true of Giordano Bruno?  And while they attempt to deceive their readers by stating that Bruno became enlightened through science, they typically left out Bruno's own words when he stated "The soul is not the body and it may be in one body or in another, and pass from body to body" (all quotations of Bruno and the sources can be found at Spiritual Religion ).   What this means is that the Soul, according to Bruno, is not the body, and has lived many lifetimes in different bodies as the Soul itself evolves -- which Soul-evolution Bruno presented in the words: "The divine perfection of the individual soul is the aim of all progression".  Which provokes the question: What source in science prompted Bruno to make such statements?  The fact of the matter is that it is simply beyond the very limited thinking of modern quasi-atheists who have portrayed themselves as Deists, to even comprehend the fact that Giordano Bruno learned the Truth in the same manner that I did -- i.e., by tapping into the  previous lives his Soul had lived.  And while I did not know Giordano Bruno in any of my Soul's own past lives, I personally know someone who did -- who had not only attended his lectures, but had spoken to him personally.  And with respect to the Source of Giordano Bruno's enlightenment, Bruno further confirms the core Gospel teaching that was suppressed by the Church to seek the One Teacher as presented in Bruno's own statement that: "Within every man there is a soul-flame, kindled at the sun of thought, which lends us wings whereby we may approach the sun of knowledge."   The sun of knowledge is a portrayal of the Inner Source of Truth and Knowledge which the Original Disciples of Jesus portrayed as The True Prophet .  And in making the foregoing statement, Bruno confirmed the words of the Apostle Peter who is quoted in the Homilies of his disciple Clement as saying that the True Prophet is "...within the mind of every one of us"   Peter then explains: "...but in those who have no desire of the knowledge of God and His righteousness, He is inoperative; but He works in those who seek after that which is profitable to their souls, and kindles in them the light of knowledge. Wherefore seek Him first of all; and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other".  When Bruno stated that "The Divine Light is always in man, presenting itself to the senses and to the comprehension, but man rejects it" -- he was openly acknowledging that the knowledge from his own Soul's previous lives, in conjunction with this Inner Divine Light, was the Source of his Enlightenment. 
What this means is that with the atheist takeover of the modern Deist movement, in traditional deceptive fashion, they lie to the people in a similar manner that the priest-craft of the Church lies to Christians.  Where the Deism website states that Giordano Bruno became enlightened through the study of science, Bruno himself states just the opposite.  In total opposition to the atheist propaganda promoted on the Deist website, Bruno himself states that the "Divine Light" or True Prophet is within the mind of every person, "...but man rejects it" -- embracing instead the gravely flawed wisdom of this world.  And Bruno's enlightened understanding of the Natural Laws is further confirmed in his statement that "Every act performed [by each person] brings its appropriate reward or punishment in another life. In proportion as the soul has conducted itself in a body, it determines for itself its transition into another body" -- which from a biblical perspective, is parallel to the statement: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Gal 6:7 NKJ).  But these statements are in essence no different than the word of the pre-Nicene Church Father Origin who confirmed that “Every soul... comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis).   And this reality of the Natural Laws that is not at all understood by either science or the atheist faux-deists who have infiltrated the modern Deist movement, is explored at The Laws Of Creation .  How did Bruno begin to tap into this Inner Source of Divine Light that he attests to the existence of in all of mankind?  Many of the monasteries had more pure scriptures that had been outlawed by Rome -- and these more pure scriptures contained important teachings that were removed from the canonical Gospels.  And it was these suppressed teachings that the Church had outlawed, that revealed to those who became the very Foundation of the Age of Enlightenment from which the movement known as Deism emerged.       

What was the Source of Thomas Paine's wisdom and Knowledge?  Quoting the Editor's Introduction to Paine's book, The Age Of Reason (see ):  "Like the Quakers among whom he was reared Paine could then readily use the phrase 'word of God' for anything in the Bible which approved itself to his 'inner light'" -- and it was this same "Inner Light" that Bruno portrayed as the "Divine Light" within the mind of man, that the Essene Ebionite Nazirenes portrayed as the True Prophet.   And it was from this Inner Light that Paine learned the Truth of the Gospels from the life his Soul lived in the first century -- and it was this Inner Light that conveyed to Paine and other Enlightened Deists what they must do to bring about a Government that would be the Foundation for the Rights of Man.      

The above of course provokes the question: Why didn't Paine and Jefferson openly state their Source of Knowledge?   If they had, they would have been totally rejected by the majority of the (religious) leaders of their day -- many of whom played important roles in framing the Constitutional Government that insured the liberties of the people in the Bill of Rights -- liberties that were necessary to bring forth a society where the Truth that was outlawed and suppressed by the Church, could be presented in the manner that it has been today (see ).   And it was these same Truths that were rejected by the Church, that were responsible for Giordano Bruno being burnt at the stake.  The Quakers among whom Paine was reared, wisely rejected the literal interpretation of the scripture, and instructed their members to seek the Inner Light within -- and they were therefore rejected by mainstream Christianity as misguided heretics.  Which means that if Paine was to remain effective in the mission he embraced in the foundation of our Constitutional form of government based upon the Unalienable God-Given Rights of the individual, he could not openly reveal to those outside the core of Enlightened Deists the Source of his Knowledge.  In the same way that if the Soul who lived as Jesus came and spoke the Truth to a modern Christian congregation, he would be thrown out as an impostor -- the wisdom of Thomas Paine and his Source of the Inner Light,  has been and continues to be barred and rejected by many Deist groups today.   And in the same way that the dogma of priest-craft has alienated Christians from the core Gospel teachings, the quasi-atheist leaders of the modern Deist movement has caused those in Deism to be intellectually flat-lined.  And the example of the lies in the statement on that Giordano Bruno became enlightened by the folly of science -- while ignoring the very words of Bruno as to the Inner Divine Light that was both his and Paine's True Source of their Wisdom and Knowledge -- demonstrates the intellectual folly of all varieties of Revealed Religion.   Meanwhile, so long as Deists continue to condemn the dogma of the Church as Revealed Religion -- while continuing to lie with respect to the Source of Bruno and Paine's Wisdom and Enlightenment -- then the Natural Laws will continue to inhibit the progress of those who align themselves with the modern movement of Revealed Deism.


Thomas Paine's book, The Age Of Reason, is part of the Sacred Texts website (see ). As written in the Intro (quoting): "Paine's 'Reason' is only an expansion of the Quaker's 'inner light'; and the greater impression, as compared with previous republican and deistic writings made by his 'Rights of Man' and 'Age of Reason' (really volumes of one work), is partly explained by the apostolic fervor which made him a spiritual, successor of George Fox." This is true -- and Paine's Inner Light is the same exact Source of Knowledge as presented by Giordano Bruno when Bruno stated: "Within every man there is a soul-flame, kindled at the sun of thought, which lends us wings whereby we may approach the sun of knowledge."

But what this means is that Paine's portrayal and measurement of "Reason" is in accord with the person's ability to tap into the "Inner Light". And of this "Inner light" the disciple Peter wrote that the Light "is inoperative" in those who fail to seek this inner Source of Knowledge (see ). Which means that the Atheists who promote their faux-deism in the name of the Enlightened Deists of the past, are promoting the absence of light (anti-light) -- which means that what they portray as reason, is in reality anti-reason.

Just before getting myself barred from the Deist group, I was told that there is no such thing as learning from an "Inner Source" -- which, in accord with the words of both Bruno and Paine, would amount to abject ignorance based upon anti-reason, and the epitome of revealed religion.

Before Deism can arise to it former greatness and truth, sincere Deists must themselves oppose the faux-deists and their quasi atheist-religion of revealed deism that they promote in the name of the Enlightened Deists of the past.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Deism And The Genus Of The Constitutional Framers

In a recent interview about the significance of the 4th of July, Prof. Jonathan Turley portrayed the Constitutional Framers as exceptional men of great genus.  Which should provoke the question: What made them a genus?  This question can never be answered by modern academia, because they have no understanding of both Deism, and what Deists portrayed as the Laws of Nature and Nature's God.  And when the Declaration of Independence declared that "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" -- these words were drawn from the knowledge of the Natural Laws.   And in understanding the Natural Laws (see  The Laws Of Creation ), many of the Constitutional Framers understood what can be portrayed as each individual's Spiritual DNA (see The Talents And A Person's Spiritual DNA ).  And since modern academia has built their thinking upon a gravely flawed philosophical foundation -- a foundation where Spiritual DNA cannot be understood -- it is virtually impossible for them to understand what made the Constitutional Framers the genus' that they were. 

Each person is born into this world in accord with their Spiritual DNA that was developed through The Laws That Control Our Lives -- which Laws develop what can be portrayed as a person's Spiritual DNA.  In the words of the Church Father Origen, this reality of advancement was portrayed in the words: “Every soul... comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis).  Which in the parable of the Talents is expressed in the words that each person receives "...each according to his own ability".   The fact that modern academia has no conception of why people are born with greatly varying levels of aptitude and ability to comprehend -- as well as other talents and abilities that most people do not possess -- is because modern academia totally lacks any understanding of the Natural Laws of Creation and their effect upon each person born into this world. 

When Thomas Paine wrote in the Age Of Reason that "I believe in only one God; and I have hope for happiness in an afterlife" -- what must be understood is the wisdom portrayed in the words of Paine when he wrote: "For several years, I have intended to publish my thoughts on religion. I am very aware of all the difficulties related to that subject. That's why I've waited so long before writing it. I wanted it to be my last published work, so that no one would question my motives, even if they didn't agree with my ideas."   And it is also true that if Paine had written more openly throughout his life, those who opposed his ideas on Common Sense and The Rights of Man would have had all the ammunition needed to totally negate the important ideas that he had set forth over the course of most of his life. 

In understanding the Natural Laws of Creation -- and even more important, The Laws That Control Our Lives ( ), and bring about our individual destiny, Thomas Paine understood the words of the Church Father Origen who was known as "the prince of Christian learning"in the third century, second only to the Apostles, where Origen writes that " every one according to his merits; nor will the happiness or unhappiness of each one's birth, or whatever be the condition that falls to his lot, be deemed accidental" (see Predestination @ ). Why? Why did the great pre-Nicene Church Father portray the conditions of one's birth not to be deemed an accident? Because there are no accidents as the Atheist, Secular Humanist's and modern academia promotes.  And that within the experiences of life, all events have a causal factor that few men possess the vision to comprehend.  Origen then goes on and writes with respect to each person's station in life "...that the cause of each one's actions is a pre-existing one; and then every one, according to his deserts, is made by God either a vessel unto honor or dishonor. Therefore every individual vessel [person] has furnished to its Creator out of itself the causes and occasions of its being formed by Him to be either a vessel unto honor or one unto dishonor." And, as stated in the foregoing link, each person's birth into this life is determined by the Soul of that person's own past actions -- i.e., "...either a vessel unto honor or one unto dishonor".  Or, as stated by the Apostle Paul: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7 NIV).  And this same exact message is being presented to every person today, in our own time, in the very life that they are presently living. Our lives are therefore not at all an accident of birth -- but rather, the life that we are presently living has been created by our own past -- "...strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of [our] previous life”. 

The core Deists who were the framers of our Constitution, understood the Laws of Nature and Nature's God -- that all Rights are God-Given -- and that the sole purpose of government is to secure and preserve these essential Rights of the People.  In their failure to understand the Natural Laws, the intellectuals who are representative of modern academia have no working understanding of the Constitution, and remain entrenched in the thinking that man's rights are bestowed upon man by government.   Deists of great insight such as Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, drew upon wisdom gained in the lives their Soul lived as first-century followers of the man Jesus.  And they opposed what they called Revealed Religion, because they knew how corrupted the dogma of the Church had become (see The Original Teachings Have Nothing In Common With Church Dogma ).  A modern intellectual who was also there in the first century is Prof. Walter Williams who wrote in an article entitled America's Move Toward Tyranny : "Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis warned, 'The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.' The freedom of individuals from compulsion or coercion never was, and is not now, the normal state of human affairs. The normal state for the ordinary person is tyranny, arbitrary control and abuse mainly by their own government." And this is equally true with government comprised by both church and state.  And while the Deists who framed our Constitutional form of government instinctively knew this to be true based upon their experiences drawn from their Spiritual DNA, because the thinking of modern intellectuals have been built upon a gravely flaws foundation and their abject ignorance of the Natural Laws, the very fabric of our God-Given Rights and Freedoms that ushered in what has been portrayed as American Exceptionalism (see Natural Law And American Exceptionalism @ ), is not at all understood today.  

In this time of renewed American Crisis, if Enlightened Deists fail to come forth with their greater understanding of the Laws of Nature and Nature's God (see The Laws Of Creation ) -- Enlightened Deists who can explain to others the workings of these Natural Laws -- then all gains could be lost as government continues to violate the Rights of Man and undermine the very Freedoms and Liberties that government is obligated to preserve and protect.   

Friday, February 24, 2017

Reply To: Why George Washington Was Not a Deist, but a Practicing Christian

With respect to the article: Why George Washington Was Not a Deist, but a Practicing Christian @ :

Let be begin by providing a more enlightened history of the Church as set forth at The Secret Doctrine of Christianity @ .  In the beginning all Enlightened Christians were portrayed as Gnostics Christians who remained and integral part of the Church.   Quoting from :

Under the heading of Gnosticism, the Encyclopedia Britannica states: “Among the majority of the followers of the movement, 'Gnosis' was understood not as meaning 'knowledge' or 'understanding', in our sense of the word, but 'revelation'. These little Gnostic sects and groups all lived in the conviction that they possessed a secret and mysterious knowledge, in no way accessible to those outside, which was not to be proved or propagated, but believed in by the initiated, and anxiously guarded as a secret. This knowledge of theirs was not based on reflection, on scientific inquiry and proof, but on revelation. It was derived directly from the times of primitive Christianity, from the Savior himself and from his disciples and friends, with whom they claimed to be connected by a secret tradition, or else from later prophets, of whom many sects boasted. It was laid down in wonderful mystic writings, which were in the possession of the various circles”.   Those Christians who had prepared themselves to receive the Higher Knowledge imparted directly to them by the Logos, must be understood as the Christians who Paul portrayed as having gone beyond the "milk" of the Gospel, and were able to receive the "solid food" from Spirit -- i.e., “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit” (1 Cor 2:10 KJV).   
Regarding these two groups of Christians -- i.e., the faith-based entry-level Christians who could only be given what Paul called the "testimony" of Christ- - and the mature Christians who were no longer in need of the "milk" of the Gospel intended to nourish "babes in Christ", Smith and Wace's Dictionary of Christian Biography states: “We have no reason to think that the earliest Gnostics intended to found sects separated from the Church and called after their own names. Their disciples were to be Christians, elevated above the rest as acquainted with deeper mysteries, and called Gnostikoi because possessed of a Gnosis superior to the simple faith of the multitude… They also boasted to be in possession of genuine apostolical traditions, deriving their doctrines, some from St. Paul, others from St. Peter, and others again from Judas, Thomas, Philip, and Matthew. In addition moreover, to [this] secret doctrine which they professed to have received by oral tradition, they appealed also to alleged writings of the apostles themselves or their disciples”.  Which, while ignored by the faith-based Christians, is confirmed in the ignored words of Jesus when he was asked by his disciples why he ONLY spoke to the multitudes in parables: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding” (Mark 4:11-12 NIV).

With the advent of the Age of Enlightenment, Spiritually Mature and Rational Seekers understood that the leaders of the Church had become so corrupt, that they could only comprehend what Paul portrayed as the "milk" of the Gospel.  Like the Pharisees who Jesus condemned, they were blind to the inner spiritual meaning of the scriptures as set forth in the article on the Key of Knowledge ( ).    Those Seekers who understood the Natural Laws of Creation -- and put the Laws into action within their own Mind and Being (see ) -- became enlightened and knowing in relation to the faith-based aspect of the Church.   Some of these enlightened individuals such as George Washington aligned themselves with the Masons -- others, such as Franklin, Jefferson and Paine, were Deists.   Both groups possessed the Higher Knowledge because they knowingly embraced the Natural Laws of Creation -- using the scriptures as an allegorical blueprint of their own mind -- revealing to them the Forces and Laws of Consciousness. 

On the question is posed: (quoting) By what name do you call an evolved and matured Christian whose spiritual knowledge has enlightened him far beyond the very limited knowledge and understanding of the faith-based believer?   While they can be portrayed as American Gnostics -- they were often called Deists, because over the course of many lifetimes they had submitted themselves to the spiritual process of TheWay, and were themselves enlightened spiritual souls.   But who were the Deists?   Quoting the Wikipedia under Deism: History of religion and the deist mission.   Most deists saw the religions of their day as corruptions of an original, pure religion that was simple and rational. They felt that this original pure religion had become corrupted by "priests" who had manipulated it for personal gain and for the class interests of the priesthood in general.   According to this world view, over time "priests" had succeeded in encrusting the original simple, rational religion with all kinds of superstitions and "mysteries" – irrational theological doctrines. Laymen were told by the priests that only the priests really knew what was necessary for salvation and that laymen must accept the "mysteries" on faith and on the priests' authority. This kept the laity baffled by the nonsensical "mysteries", confused, and dependent on the priests for information about the requirements for salvation. The priests consequently enjoyed a position of considerable power over the laity, which they strove to maintain and increase. Deists referred to this kind of manipulation of religious doctrine as "priestcraft", a highly derogatory term.  Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of "priestcraft" and "mysteries" from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion.   To the detriment of the congregation of believers of all of man's religions, the above position of the Deists is correct.    At its Source, religions such as Christianity are Pure and Spiritual -- but once these religions are placed in the hands of priests who (1) lack the spiritual maturity to fully comprehend the purpose of the teachings from a Spiritual Perspective -- (2) and they recognize the reality that the position of priest is a position of power and influence over others that often garners great wealth and political influence -- both the original objectives and purpose of the religion, as well as the teachings themselves, very quickly become corrupted. 

At the time of our Nations Founding, the Spiritually Mature Souls were called Masons and Deists -- but as demonstrated in the above, both groups retained their connection to the Church -- much like the early Church remained connected to the Gnostics.  And the relationship of the early Church to the Gnostics and the more modern connection to the Masons and Deists is readilly demonstrated in a quotation on where it is written: An interesting and appropriate statement by one of the earliest authorities of the Church is that made by Clement of Alexandria when he compared the inherent weakness of faith-based religion, to that of the Spiritual Christians who had acquired the Sacred Knowledge (Gnosis) of the Kingdom -- i.e., “Faith is the foundation; knowledge the superstructure, by knowledge faith is perfected, for to know is more than to believe. Faith is a summary knowledge of urgent truths; knowledge a sure demonstration of what has been received through faith, being itself reared upon faith through the teachings of the Lord. Thus the Gnostic grasps the complete truth of all revelation from the beginning of the world to the end, piercing to the depths of scripture, of which the believer tastes the surface only. As a consequence of this intelligent sympathy with the Divine Will, the Gnostic becomes in perfect unity in himself, and as far as possible like God. Definite outward observances cease to have any value for one whose being is brought into abiding harmony with that which is eternal; he has no wants, no passions; he rests in the contemplation of God, which is and will be his unfailing blessedness.”

Both the Masons and the Deists possessed the Higher Body of Knowledge that evolved them to a Condition of Knowing and Enlightenment.  The Deists embraced and put the Natural Laws into action -- or, as stated above:
"...Thus the [Gnostic or Deist or Mason] grasps the complete truth of all revelation from the beginning of the world to the end, piercing to the depths of scripture, of which the believer tastes the surface only."  Unlike the people of the simple-faith who have been seduced by priest-craft, the Enlightened Gnostics/Deists/Masons understood that the scriptures are not history -- but rather, allegorical portrayals of the Forces and Laws of Mind and Consciousness as demonstrated in the following statement by Thomas Paine:

But the Church of Rome having set up its new religion, which it called Christianity, invented the creed which it named the Apostle's Creed... It then manufactured the allegories in the book of Genesis into fact, and the allegorical tree of life and the tree of knowledge into real trees, contrary to the belief of the first Christians, and for which there is not the least authority in any of the books of the New Testament; for in none of them is there any mention made of such place as the Garden of Eden, nor of anything that is said to have happened there.  But the Church of Rome could not erect the person called Jesus into a Savior of the world without making the allegories in the book of Genesis into fact, though the New Testament, as before observed, gives no authority for it. All at once the allegorical tree of knowledge became, according to the Church, a real tree, the fruit of it real fruit, and the eating of it sinful.   As priestcraft was always the enemy of knowledge, because priestcraft supports itself by keeping people in delusion and ignorance, it was consistent with its policy to make the acquisition of knowledge a real sin... Reason is the forbidden tree of priestcraft, and may serve to explain the allegory of the forbidden tree of knowledge, for we may reasonably suppose the allegory had some meaning and application at the time it was invented. It was the practice of the Eastern nations to convey their meaning by allegory, and relate it in the manner of fact. Jesus followed the same method, yet nobody ever supposed the allegory or parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the Prodigal Son, the ten Virgins, etc., were facts.   Why then should the tree of knowledge, which is far more romantic in idea than the parables in the New Testament are, be supposed to be a real tree? The answer to this is, because the Church could not make its new-fangled system, which it called Christianity, hold together without it. To have made Christ to die on account of an allegorical tree would have been too barefaced a fable.

In the above words of Thomas Paine what we see is an enlightened understanding of the nature and reality of the scriptures which has been perverted by priest-craft and their corrupt Church.   When we make reference to the Laws of Nature and Nature's God, when the allegorical accounts of the scriptures are properly understood, the True Spiritual meaning of the scriptures are an embodiment of the Natural Laws of Higher Consciousness.  Paine knew this -- as did all the enlightened Masons and Deists.   And this is why it is written in the above quotation in the Encyclopedia: "...Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of "priestcraft" and "mysteries" from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion."   And leaders such as George Washington recognized that to accomplish the restoration of True Enlightenment, it was necessary to maintain a connection to the body of faith-based believers who were still in the Churches, but had reach the point where they desired to embrace the Higher Knowledge that evolves them into a state of Enlightenment and Knowing.  And George Washington was therefore sworn into office as President, on a Bible from the local Masonic Lodge (quoting the Wikipedia) The George Washington Inaugural Bible is the book that was sworn upon by George Washington when he took office as the first President of the United States. The Bible itself has subsequently been used in the inauguration ceremonies of several other U.S. presidents. St. John's Lodge No. 1, Ancient York Masons, are the custodians of what is now known as the George Washington Inaugural Bible. On April 30, 1789 it was upon this Bible that George Washington took his oath of office as the first President of the United States.

At the founding of our Nation, Spiritually Mature and Enlightened Christians were known as Deists and Masons.  In the actual article which can be found at , the author incorrectly states: "Jonathan Edwards, the great father of the first Great Awakening, in his writing says no deist will ever call the Bible the word of God because they believe that God doesn't have a written word" -- and as demonstrated in the above quotation of Thomas Paine, the foregoing statement of Jonathan Edwards is based upon his own abject ignorance of the nature and purpose of the scriptures.  As explored throughout the article on the Key of Knowledge ( ), the scriptures are an allegorical text-book that the seeker uses to find and enter the Presence of God.   As stated by the Church Father Origen who is known as the greatest teacher second only to the Apostles stated with respect to those who believe the literal text of the scriptures: "...What man is found such an idiot as" to believe these forms and symbols literally, and not to understand "...that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed”?  (see The Hidden Reality Of The Old Testament @ the Church historian Eusebius who writes of the doctrines conceived by the early Christians Papias and Irenaeus: “Papias reproduces other stories communicated to him by word of mouth, together with some otherwise unknown parables and teachings of the Saviour, and other things of a more allegorical character. He says that 'after the resurrection of the dead there will be a period of a thousand years when Christ's kingdom will be set up on this earth in material form'. I suppose he got these notions by misinterpreting the apostolic accounts and failing to grasp what they said in mystic and symbolic language. For he seems to have been a man of very small intelligence, to judge from his books..."  (Eusebius, Hist Eccl., Book III, 39.11). 

Factually, both the author of the article and Johathan Edwards upon whom quotes must be understood as men of  "...small intelligence" who are lacking the ability to "...grasp what they [scripture authors] said in mystic and symbolic language".  George Washington was a Mason, because he was enlightened as to the spiritual meaning of the scriptures -- as was Franklin, Jefferson and Paine who were Deists.