Friday, April 9, 2010

Thomas Jefferson Advises: Adore God

President Thomas Jefferson is usually painted as a deist in today's writings and culture. Certainly he was not "Christian" by my definition, although he was perhaps as much a Christian as many today who attend Christian church regularly. He was a man of God, and he revered Christ's teachings. He apparently believed in an afterlife.

Here is some advice he gave in a letter to a young man named after him. He wrote this about a year before he died.

"Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which you have entered, be the portal to one of eternal and ineffable bliss."

See the whole letter here:

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