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Thomas Paine's Profession of Faith-Worth Reading Again

Thomas Paine
Friend of Thomas Jefferson
and Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Paine is not respected by all.  During the time I was a Seventh-day Adventist, I read with interest the following by Ellen G. White:

"Thomas Paine, whose body has mouldered to dust, and who is to be called forth at the end of the 1000 years, at the second resurrection, to receive his reward, and suffer the second death, is purported by Satan to be in heaven, and highly exalted there.  Satan used him on earth as long as he could, and now he is carrying on the same work through pretensions of having Thomas Paine so much exalted and honored; and as he taught on earth, Satan is making it appear that he is teaching in heaven.  And some on earth who have looked with horror at his life and death, and his corrupt teachings while living, now submit to be taught by him who was one of the vilest and most corrupt of men; one who despised God and his law. . .

. . .  Satan dictated much of his writings, and it is an easy thing for him to dictate sentiments through his angels now, and make it appear that it comes through Thomas Paine, who was his devoted servant while he lived.  But this is the masterpiece of Satan.  All this teaching purporting to be from apostles, and saints, and wicked men who have died, comes directly from his Satanic majesty." Chapter 30, The Great Controversy

And yet, when studying the American Revolution and the French Revolution, what he helped start was the foundation for our "Bill of Rights" and the French "The Rights of Man."  He was at the heart of fostering the ideas that men and women are all equal before the law, regardless of gender or race or religion.  I think we have a lot to owe people like Thomas Paine.  But I know why he gets the bad rap from religion.  It's because of his religious beliefs.  I think they are worth reading, so here they are.

Thomas Paine's Profession of Faith

It has been my intention for several years past to publish my thoughts upon Religion. I am well aware of the difficulties that attend the subject; and from that consideration had reserved it to a more advanced period of life.  I intended it to be the last offering I should make to my fellow citizens of all nations, and that at a time when the purity of the motive that induced me to it could not admit of a question, even by those who might disapprove the work.

The circumstance that has now taken place in France, of the total abolition of the whole national order of priesthood and of everything appertaining to compulsive systems of religion and compulsive articles of faith, has not only precipitated my intention, but rendered a work of this kind exceedingly necessary; lest, in the general wreck of superstition, of false systems of government, and false theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity, and of the theology that is true.

As several of my colleagues, and others of my fellow-citizens of France, have given me the example of making their voluntary and individual profession of faith, I also will make mine; and I do this with all that sincerity and frankness with which the mind of man communicates with itself.

I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.

I believe in the equality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.

But lest it should be supposed that I believe many other things in addition to these, I shall, in the progress of this work, declare the things I do not believe and my reasons for not believing them.

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

All national institutions of churches--whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish--appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind and monopolize power and profit.

I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise. They have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. He takes up the trade of a priest for the sake of gain, and, in order to qualify himself for that trade, he begins with a perjury. Can we conceive anything more destructive to morality than this?

Soon after I had published the pamphlet, Common Sense, in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion. The adulterous connection of church and state, wherever it had taken place, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, had so effectually prohibited, by pains and penalties, every discussion upon established creeds and upon first principles of religion, that until the system of government should be changed those subjects could not be brought fairly and openly before the world; but that whenever this should be done, a revolution in the system of religion would follow. Human inventions and priestcraft would be detected, and man would return to the pure, unmixed, and unadulterated belief of one God, and no more.


Unknown said...

I have read this article and I appreciate the thought and consideration you have put into it. One thing that I find interesting while comparing the writings of Ellen G White to the statements of Thomas Paine is that there is a understandable reason why Ellen would write a statement like this against Paine.

Thomas Paine, though a champion of many great political principles, was not very fond of the Christ. Actually, he was very antagonistic against the church. He was instead, a humanist. He believed in one God but he has never specified who that god is. He did not claim himself to be that God but so we do not even know who he believes in as far as a Deity. But considering the fact that he did denounce all of Christianity, it's clear that his god is not our God. He could be referring to some spiritual "Ascended Master" which is prominent in the New Age, humanistic philosophy. The Fallen Angel, Satan could have visited him in visions and personally used him to spread humanistic beliefs and to promote the rejection of the Bible and the concept of a Christian God. His teachings focused on SELF and not God. When we take this position we are automatically in league with the devil since inspiring rebellion against God is the ultimate goal of Satan.

So I would not be too quick to dismiss EGW's statements just because Thomas Paigne stood for some virtuous moral values (in a strictly secular context). The man was a staunch opponent to Christianity.

Kirby Clendenon said...

I find it interesting that many cannot conceive that a simple belief in God, nameless as he, she or it might be, cannot be the same God that Christians or any other religions worship. What if there is indeed one God, and all religions, in seeking that same God, clutter the landscape with doctrines of their own imaginations? Is the not the nameless God they all started with the same?

I see the same problem with regard to Christianity vs. Intelligent Design. When I let it be known that I believe in Intelligent Design, it seems to be automatically assumed I am anti-Christian or anti -God. I think we are ultimately reaching toward the same God, but Christianity has for thousands of years cluttered the field with doctrines of men, as has all other religions. There is little place in this world for a person who believes in Intelligent Design and is awestruck by whoever or whatever is behind such design, yet refuses to indulge the churches and doctrines of human design.