Each person is born into this world in accord with their Spiritual DNA that was developed through The Laws That Control Our Lives http://OuterDarkness.Nazirene.org#TheLawsThatControlOurLives -- 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 ( http://OuterDarkness.Nazirene.org#TheLawsThatControlOurLives ), 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 "...to 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 @ http://ChristianReincarnation.org#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 http://TheCall.Nazirene.org#OriginalTeachings ). 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 @ http://ThomasPaineRedux.Nazirene.org#AmericanExceptionalism ), is not at all understood today.