Thomas Jefferson—Unbeliever

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. —2nd Corinthians 4:4

       I was greatly saddened to learn that Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was NOT a Christian. Jefferson made so many wonderful patriotic quotes concerning freedom and the dangers of the central bank. I was amazed as I watched a PBS documentary on the life of Thomas Jefferson. He was a scientist first, a farmer second and politician last. Jefferson was a witty inventor.

Jefferson was an accomplished architect. George Washington and Jefferson laid out the city of Washington D.C., clearly in an occult manner. Both men were high-level Freemasons. Jefferson's Monticello estate was superb. He also designed the state house for Virginia.

It is tragic that such a brilliant man would be so foolish as to reject the Word of God. I realize that there are historical writings which reveal that Thomas Jefferson claimed to be a Christian, including an actual photo of Jefferson's handwritten statement “I am a real Christian.” Albeit, just as most professed Christians today are not true born-again believers, the following quotes from Mr. Jefferson make it quite clear that he was NO Christian:

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.” —Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823 

Here you clearly learn that Jefferson denied Jesus' virgin birth, and so denied the Son of God. Jefferson was an incredible orator, admirably patriotic and certainly spoke the truth about the evils of the central banks. Sadly, Jefferson's writings reveal him to be no Christian . . .

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

"History I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose. " — Thomas Jefferson to Baron von Humboldt, 1813

"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites" –Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782.

"Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the teaching of Jesus."

"The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ."

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

SOURCE: Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, author, scientist, architect, educator, and diplomat

I admire a mechanical contraption that Jefferson built that records a duplicate letter as you're writing. He always had unfinished projects that he was working on, never a dull moment, working around his home mansion. Jefferson didn't like politics. He was an amazing person and suffered many sorrows to his soul, dying a broken-hearted man. He referred to death as “THE HEALING GRAVE.” People back then had genuine feelings, loyalty to principle and fear of God.

Today, people are soul dead, hard-hearted, without natural affection, cruel and Godless (Romans 3:18). Jefferson, as did most great men back then, wrote thousands of letters throughout his lifetime. I hate TV and radio, which has ruined the world. Hardly anyone writes letters anymore. And the literary beauty of the letters back then are incredible, expressing the sincerest feelings of their soul. I would have loved to have lived during those early days of America. People were real back then. It is a shame that unsaved people back then were more sincere than many phony Christians today.

Thomas Jefferson was one of America's greatest patriots. Our founding fathers, if they could come back today with the power to execute justice, would have most of congress and Washington D.C. hanging by their necks by sundown. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! END


The following well-prepared news piece is from PBS. U.S. President Thomas Jefferson was convinced that he could improve on God to write the Bible, so he butchered the Words of God.,

Thomas Jefferson And His Heathen Bible

The 'Jefferson Bible' was Thomas Jefferson's attempt to extract an authentic Jesus from the Gospel accounts.

by Marilyn Mellowes
The White House, Washington, D.C. 1804.

Thomas Jefferson was frustrated. It was not the burdens of office that bothered him. It was his Bible.

Jefferson was convinced that the authentic words of Jesus written in the New Testament had been contaminated. Early Christians, overly eager to make their religion appealing to the pagans, had obscured the words of Jesus with the philosophy of the ancient Greeks and the teachings of Plato. These "Platonists" had thoroughly muddled Jesus' original message. Jefferson assured his friend and rival, John Adams, that the authentic words of Jesus were still there. The task, as he put it, was one of

abstracting what is really his from the rubbish in which it is buried, easily distinguished by its lustre from the dross of his biographers, and as separate from that as the diamond from the dung hill.

With the confidence and optimistic energy characteristic of the Enlightenment, Jefferson proceeded to dig out the diamonds. Candles burning late at night, his quill pen scratching "too hastily" as he later admitted, Jefferson composed a short monograph titled The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth. The subtitle explains that the work is "extracted from the account of his life and the doctrines as given by Matthew, Mark, Luke & John." In it, Jefferson presented what he understood was the true message of Jesus.

Jefferson set aside his New Testament research, returning to it again in the summer of 1820. This time, he completed a more ambitious work, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French and English. The text of the New Testament appears in four parallel columns in four languages. Jefferson omitted the words that he thought were inauthentic and retained those he believed were original. The resulting work is commonly known as the "Jefferson Bible."

Who was the Jesus that Jefferson found? He was not the familiar figure of the New Testament. In Jefferson's Bible, there is no account of the beginning and the end of the Gospel story. There is no story of the annunciation, the virgin birth or the appearance of the angels to the shepherds. The resurrection is not even mentioned.

Jefferson discovered a Jesus who was a great Teacher of Common Sense. His message was the morality of absolute love and service. Its authenticity was not dependent upon the dogma of the Trinity or even the claim that Jesus was uniquely inspired by God. Jefferson saw Jesus as

a man, of illegitimate birth, of a benevolent heart, (and an) enthusiastic mind, who set out without pretensions of divinity, ended in believing them, and was punished capitally for sedition by being gibbeted according to the Roman law.

In short, Mr. Jefferson's Jesus, modeled on the ideals of the Enlightenment thinkers of his day, bore a striking resemblance to Jefferson himself.

SOURCE: Thomas Jefferson Wrote His Own Bible, Which Eliminated Christ's Virgin Birth And Deity


“One man with courage is a majority.” —Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson


The Need for Morals and Virtue in Society

America has never been a Christian nation . . .

Thomas Jefferson put it most poignantly:

No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and people so demoralized [lacking good morals] and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control, their reformation must be taken up ab incunabulis. Their minds [must] be informed by education what is right and what wrong, be encouraged in habits of virtue and deterred from those of vice by the dread of punishments, proportioned indeed, but irremissible. In all cases, follow truth as the only safe guide and eschew error which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession. These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure of order and good government. – Thomas Jefferson to John Adams (1819. ME 15:234)

Religion, as well as reason, confirms the soundness of those principles on which our government has been founded and its rights asserted. – Thomas Jefferson to P. H. Wendover, (1815. ME 14:283)

To put it in today's language, it was Jefferson's conviction that by nature, people are depraved, immoral and lacking self-control. He therefore believed that the only way that the American style of government could be maintained was to instruct everyone in right and wrong from birth, and train them toward good habits and virtue through disciplinary consequences. Political self-government, he said, requires that citizens be raised to despise dishonesty and embrace personal integrity through instruction and repeated admonitions. Religion and reason, he said, form the basis for our nation's foundations.

Thomas Jefferson and the other founders built our nation upon Christian principles and ethics, and warned that America would morally disintegrate if it forsook its "religious" roots. Although such a foundation could not make our nation "Christian," we would be wise to listen to our predecessors and embrace our Creator and the Bible that communicates how to walk in morality and virtue.

SOURCE: America has never been a Christian nation


False Quotes by Jefferson

In fairness to Thomas Jefferson, some of the modern quotes attributed to him are false. The following quote is not found among the writings of Thomas Jefferson; therefore, it should be considered false... 

“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.”

Even monticello.org confirms this:  http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Christianity_is_the_most_perverted_system_that_ever_shone_on_man
 
Here's another false quote:
 

“I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth.”

If you look at Jefferson's notes on the State of Virginia, you will see that only some of this quote was truly penned by the hand of Jefferson. Only the part that is underlined is true Jefferson. The rest is false. 
 
Go here to see the section on Religion in the Notes on the State of Virginia (287): http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-singleauthor?specfile=/web/data/jefferson/texts/jefall.o2w&act=text&offset=8287826&textreg=1&query=burnt
 
Here's another popular quote, where only some of it is actually Jefferson.  Again, the underlined part is true Jefferson.  Even the true part is only paraphrase, not word for word. 
 
“Christianity...(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone on man. ...Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the teaching of Jesus.”
 
This link will take you to the actual letter where this is found.  The part you're interested in is found at the bottom of page 1 and into page 2, http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/P?mtj:2:./temp/~ammem_8FGO
 
This whole quote is false...
 
“The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.”
None of this means that I believe Jefferson was a Christian. He, of course, said he was a Christian; but did not believe in the virgin birth, the Godhead, miracles, the resurrection, et cetera. Thomas Jefferson was an admitted Christ-rejecter. No truly born-again Christian would deny the Godhead, virgin birth and resurrection of Christ. These are critical Biblical teachings, called the Doctrine of Christ. Thomas Jefferson denied the Doctrine of Christ.
 
I have provided these false quotes by Jefferson in order to be truthful and fair. My heart's desire behind my entire online ministry has always been to preach THE TRUTH. My goal has never been to criticize or tear anyone down, God forbid. The Bible commands believers to speak evil of no man (Titus 3:2); but this does not mean that we should not speak out against evil. God commands us to speak out against evil (Ephesians 5:11; Titus 1:10-13; Romans 16:17). Thus, I do not condemn Thomas Jefferson in any way, nor any other man, for we are all guilty sinners in God's eyes (Romans 3:23).

It is tragic that most professed Christian believers are false sheep. Most people who claim to be Christians have churchianity, but not Christianity. Many people believe in God, as do the devils, and tremble (James 2:19). Salvation is found only in the precious name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31).

 
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Faith of Our Founding Fathers?


Hitler claimed to be a Christian; but was not. President George W. Bush claims to be a Christian; but is not. Just because someone claims to be a “Christian” means nothing if they don't believe in their heart (Romans 10:9-10). Salvation is repenting toward God by faith in His Son to be forgiven of your sins.

Jesus said that men would be known by their fruits... “Ye shall know them by their fruits . . .” (Matthew 7:16). Although it's impossible to determine if a person is saved merely by outward observation, we can know for certain by the words they speak. Thomas Jefferson denied the Godhead and called the Bible a dunghill... something no true Christian would ever do. Though an educated and brilliant thinker; Jefferson was NOT a Christian! 

“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” —Galatians 1:9


"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth" —Philippians 2:10