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Faith of our Fathers Benjamin Franklin

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The faith of our fathers segment of this blog has been lacking please accept apologies many times over. The purpose here was to look at our founding fathers. Today we will take a few minuets and visit Benjamin Franklin. His parents wanted him to be a Minster; raised as an Episcopalian (identified by the Library of Congress) he preferred to contemplate his own relationship with God in the privacy of his own home. A native of Boston Massachusetts his father was a Puritan who emigrated from England, soon afterward married Miss Folger, a native of Boston.

The families’ intention for Mr. Franklin to become a minister did not work out as planned and at the age of seventeen, he boarded a ship for New York and finally ending up in Philadelphia. Later as a delegate to the constitutional convention, he was known for what was considered “God” talk. When the deliberations were going Franklin suggested calling on the clergy to pray for their deliberations. In the midst of chaos, Franklin recognized the existence of Holy God.

“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when present to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?… I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men.”

While it is well documented that Franklin became a Deist later in life (adult years) it should also be recognized that the God of the Holy Bible had an influence in his life. In a letter to the President of Yale in 1790 Franklin mad it clear about his personal doubts:

“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity; tho’ it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble….”

Just as Benjamin Franklin had a crisis of belief in before his death in 1790 at the age of 84. Many of us have the same crisis of belief in 2008. As Franklin stated Jesus divinity is no to be dogmatized. Rather one to study before your time runs out.

The choice is yours to make…United we stand and divided we fall


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August 23, 2008 at 7:49 PM

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