Biblical Concept: Declaration of Independence and Bible Verses


Introduction: Several paragraphs of the United States Declaration of Independence brought to mind a number of Bible verses, and then I found more. (The underlines and footnotes are mine.)

Declaration of Independence

[Adopted by the Continental Congress 4 July 1776]

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God[1] entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind[2] requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation[3].

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal[4], that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life[5], liberty[6] and the pursuit of happiness[7]. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men[8], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed[9]. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness[10]. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security[11]. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world . . .

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people[12].




[1] Psalm 19:1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.  Romans 1:20  20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

[2] 1 Peter 2:12  2 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

[3] 1 Corinthians 11:19  19 For there must also be factions among you in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you.  Acts 15:39-40  39 And there arose such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.  40 But Paul chose Silas and departed, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.

[4] Galatians 3:28  28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Colossians 3:11  11 -- a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

[5] Psalm 139:13-16  13 For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb.  14 I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well.  15 My frame was not hidden from Thee, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.  16 Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

[6] 1 Corinthians 7:21   21 Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that.

[7] John 10:10  10 "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.

[8] Daniel 2:21   21 "And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, And knowledge to men of understanding. Romans 13:1-4  1Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  2 Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same;  4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.

[9] Revelation 3:14-17  14 "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:  15 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot.  16 'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.  17 'Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,  (Laodicea /  Laodikei,a|; Laos = people, dike = rights.  Laodicea = people’s rights.)

[10] Deuteronomy 20:17-18  17 "But you shall utterly destroy them, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as the LORD your God has commanded you,  18 in order that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the LORD your God.

[11] Psalm 149:5-9 5 Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds.  6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,  7 To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishment on the peoples;  8 To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron;  9 To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the LORD!  Jeremiah 4:2  2 And you will swear, 'As the LORD lives,' In truth, in justice, and in righteousness; Then the nations will bless themselves in Him, And in Him they will glory."  Jeremiah 18:6-10  6 "Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.  7 "At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it;  8 if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.  9 "Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it;  10 if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it.

[12] Proverbs 16:12   12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established on righteousness.