Was Thomas Jefferson A Christian? Did He Believe In Jesus Christ?

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What really were Thomas Jefferson's views on Christianity and Jesus? Was he a Christian? Did he believe in Jesus? Was he a Deist? Was he an Atheist?
by Quinton on March 14th, 2010

What really was Thomas Jefferson and why is one of the most scholarly and well-read founding fathers such a mysterious character when it comes to Christianity? Why is he (and a few others like Franklin and Paine) the outcast when it comes to America being founded on Christian principles? Why is it that Christian patriots love everything Jefferson did and wrote about in office... except for when it comes to religion? I would like to present my take on such an important issue.

Let me first start out by saying I used to disagree with Thomas Jefferson on religion. I used to get pissed when he would say things like:

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.
Thomas Jefferson

or

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.
Thomas Jefferson

I could never understand why I, being a Christian, couldn't agree with one of the greatest founding fathers on Christianity. Why would he say things like this about Christianity? Why didn't he have the same take on Jesus as most Christians and other founding fathers for that matter? Don't all Christians believe in Jesus? What the heck is going on here? How can you do so much for such a great "Christian" nation but then say these things? It creates a huge problem because everyone knows this guy was not an idiot, but for some reason he agrees with virtually nobody when it comes to Christianity and Jesus. A lot of people simply write him off as being wrong on the subject of religion and theology. But the more one looks into it the more one discovers that he most likely was not wrong. In fact, it appears that he was dead on. So what does this say about the people who disagree with him?

I think this topic hits on a very important point that so few people are ever able to really think about or comprehend, and that is: different levels of understanding. What do I mean by different levels of understanding? I mean that Thomas Jefferson took a much more educated approach to Christianity. He was at a much HIGHER level than most Christians.

Allow me to elaborate. I can no longer call myself a Republican because that party no longer adherers to my values. They have become perverted and I have become smarter. It used to be reasonable to be a Republican when they practiced Constitutional principles like small government, monetary responsibility, free-enterprise, and so on. But now the Republican party practices none of these things. They love big government, they love war, they love taxes, they love all the things the Constitution doesn't. So I now have to call myself a libertarian or a conservative or a Constitutionalist or anything that hasn't been perverted by the Republican party.

This is precisely the way Jefferson feels about Christianity. He knows that Christianity has been hijacked and perverted by the Caesars. He knows the history behind Rome and all the filth and money that came with the formation of Christianity. He knows the ugly side of it. Most Christians do not. So when he comes out and disagrees with the ugly aspects he gets ridiculed by the majority of Christians who do not have the educated and refined view Jefferson has. This is the exact same as if I were to disagree with certain Republican principles because they aren't really Republican. I too would be bashed by the majority of Republicans, the ones that have been perverted and have lost the true principles. Look what happens when Ron Paul, a real Republican, comes out and says it's not a Republican value to vote in favor of war. Every Republican in office ridicules him.

This is what is going on with Thomas Jefferson and Christianity. He is the REAL Christian who understands Christianity while most Christians are not at his understanding. They haven't done their homework to know what the Bible is really saying. They haven't read outside of the Bible to see how everything fits together - just like how most Republicans have not done their homework to understand why Ron Paul has a much higher understanding than they do.

Wait, wait, wait... how can Thomas Jefferson be a REAL Christian if he doesn't believe you need to be saved by Jesus? I'm glad you asked. This is what used to confuse me on Jefferson for the longest time. Here it is: JESUS IS A METAPHOR. That's right a metaphor, just like many, many other things in the Bible. Yes, he was a real person and yes he did great things. But in the story of the New Testament Jesus is a metaphor for spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. Of course you need to be saved through Jesus, that is, spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. Of course you need to be born again and shed your old ways. Of course you need the blood of Christ to be saved. You need to change yourself and your understanding to be saved, otherwise you will not pass the test. This is what the story of Jesus is saying in my most humble opinion. And I am almost positive this is the way that Thomas Jefferson took it.

Fellow founding father Thomas Paine sums it up well:

The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun.
Thomas Paine

This obviously opens up a huge can of worms and creates a huge sub-topic for discussion. It is not the purpose of this post to talk about Jesus and Sun Worship, but suffice to say there are huge similarities and things that need to be addressed in modern day Christianity.

So when you have a guy like Thomas Jefferson coming out and saying things about the teachings of Jesus being hijacked it starts to become more clear what's going on. You start to understand why he respects Jesus clearly, but disrespects the way the clergy has totally twisted things to enslave humanity. He knows what's going on. He has done his homework fully.

I forgot to observe, when speaking of the New Testament, that you should read all the histories of Christ, as well of those whom a council of ecclesiastics have decided for us, to be Pseudo-evangelists, as those they named Evangelists. Because these Pseudo-evangelists pretended to inspiration, as much as the others, and you are to judge their pretensions by your own reason, and not by the reason of those ecclesiastics.
Thomas Jefferson

That's right. Go read what the Gnostics had to say. What does Jesus say in the Gospel of Thomas? What about the Kolbrin Bible? What about all the other texts that aren't in the Bible? Why do so many Christians shy away from reading something about Jesus that ISN'T in the Bible? The Bible is just one book. There is a whole library of history out there for you to learn what Jesus was really all about.

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson has uncovered something that few Christians are prepared to handle, the same way Ron Paul has discovered something that few Republicans are prepared to handle. But then again, maybe he was just some lost intellectual that was too logical and unemotional to understand such a simple concept of atonement for all who believe in the Son of God. I leave that for you to decide. However, it may be wise to follow Jefferson's advice in educating yourself on ALL the histories of Christ and to make your OWN decision based off your own research and reasoning, not that of the ecclesiastics.

So was Thomas Jefferson an atheist? Absolutely not! Was he religious? No. Did he like the church? Nope. Was he a Deist? Yes. Was he a Christian? Yes - a real Christian. He even says so himself:

I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.
Thomas Jefferson

So one has to ask themselves: If Thomas Jefferson is claiming to be a real Christian and other people with opposed beliefs are also claiming to be real Christians then who has got it right? Or perhaps both do and are at different levels of understanding commensurate to their current evolution? After all:

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God
Ephesians 3:10

In other words:

It is important next to realize that the secret doctrine concealed in the Bible must be discovered with the aid of certain keys. Each of the myths, fables and symbolic figures has at least seven complete and distinct interpretations. In other words, to open the door, that is, unveil the secret, the key must be turned seven times in the lock.
Manly P Hall

Maybe this Thomas Jefferson wasn't so stupid when it came to religion after all.

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daughtereponymous's picture
daughtereponymous: Jefferson knew they were here.
4 years 1 month ago

The old and the new testament both alike speak about fallen angels that war on G-D and us.
Jesus, was not G-D but a Jewish man, that over came the fallen of heaven the Watchmen and Kerchiefs, and called them sons of Devils and seeds of Satan. These are spoken in scripture many times, the hunt the souls that seek the One whom the soul does love. Read Song of Solomon 3:3 the Watchmen that took in Solomon with all his great wisdom, into the lie and deceit of who G-D was and who he is to G-D Most High. Ezekiel 13:20-21-22-23 tells they hunt us down and feed us lies and deceits they are called the Kerchiefs. Psalm 14:4 says they eat us like bread and Psalm 75:8 speaks of the mixed seeds that make the red mixture of wine, that G-D holds in His hand in a cup. This mixed wine is our mixed DNA. The fallen of heaven have put their DNA in mankind and beast. Out of all this chaos G-D has sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. read Jeremiah 31:27 and 32:27. G-D has given all the same: all have hope and all have free-wills, to chose G-D likeness to grow in or the likeness of the fallen of heaven.

Sons of G-D grow in the likeness of G-D read Psalm 17:15 and sons of men and beast grow in the likeness of the fallen, having but one breath read Ecc. 3:18-19.

The church suppress the Book of Enoch and the other lost books they the fallen of heaven in high places put out of our sight so not to be uncovered. You will find them in the books of Jubilees, Jasher, and Testimony of the Twelve Patriarchs, they rebelled against G-D and attempted to enslave the whole world and provoke G-D. And according to the Lost Book of Jasher they not only tweaked with the DNA of mankind, but also with the animals . They once before G-D'S DNA was added to control, creation, we had such beast as the Pegasus, Minotaur, the unicorn and the dinosaurs.

Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities, against Powers, against The Rulers of Darkness of This World, against Spiritual Wickedness In High Places.

In truth they are still here and it is not a movie, they make them so we laugh when this comes up.
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daughtereponymous: I Like Jefferson thinking
4 years 1 month ago

I think Jefferson, knew more than what he put down.

http://daughtereponymous.wordpress.com/ gives a lot about the lie and deceit that great horror of darkness that covers truth. and http://thechildrenoftherainbow.blogspot.com/ has much to say.

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truthor: Oh sure
3 years 6 months ago

God's advesary will do and say anything to steal and kill the souls of humanity, its the New Age one world religion of the illuminati NWO.

"No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation." D. Spangler, Director of Planetary Initiative, United Nations.

Note: in 1782 The Symbol of the Illuminati was adopted by the Masons and Freemasons as the "all seeing eye of God" (what GOD?). I believe only the highest level "initiates" of these secret societies thrunout America had any knowledge of the true,

Illuminati-Luciferic Conspiracy.

"The seal of the pyramid was created by the Rothschild family and brought to North America by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN and ALEXANDER HAMILTON before 1776. The Rothschild family is the head of the organization in which I entered in Colorado.

All the Occult Brotherhoods are part of it. It is a Lucifer Organization to install his reign in the whole world. The eye on the pyramid is the eye of Lucifer . Supposedly the Rothschilds have personal dealings with the Devil. I have personally been in his villa and have experienced it. I know it is true". John Todd, Masonic Council of Thirteen

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daughtereponymous: I keep getting marked as
4 years 1 month ago

I keep getting marked as spam. I do not understand why, this is just a test.

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Quinton: Sorry about that. That
4 years 1 month ago

Sorry about that. That happens on posts that have links from new members to prevent spam. As you can see your posts have been published. Thanks!

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PEACELOVELIBERT...: this isnt to you, its to the man thats writing about T.J
1 year 9 months ago

im really impressed brother,, RON PAUL REVOLUTION! now in this day and age, we have the opportunity and the knowledge to really make the constitution relevant and really consider all one another equal.. thomas jefferson just set things up for us to end slavery and restore equality, in his day it wasnt possible for him to do it right then and there but he set it up for us, and now at this time we can improve on it and make it a more perfect document to protect our god given rights and liberty, Ron Paul is my president,, JESUS IS MY KING, as well as dr pauls, lets keep the revolution going and keep educating yourselfs and lets save the future as one, in one heart, one mind, one love,, GOD BLESS ALL... IMPEACH OBAMA QUICK, STRIP HIM OF HIS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, RESTORE ITS HONOR ALONG WITH THE HONOR OF BEING PRESIDENT BY HANDING IT OVER TO RON PAUL,, WE GOVERN OURSELVES AND HAVE ALMIGHTY GOD FOR OUR RULE, I LOVE ALL OF YOU

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Aimsterskitz0rz: :)
4 years 4 weeks ago

Just want to say this is a great Article!

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alextron's picture
alextron: Yeah I admire Thomas Jefferson
3 years 9 months ago

I love his idea of Cascadia in the North West!

It inspired me to give this Angelic Realm the name: CASCADIA (spirit wise spirit diameter)
What was at the Diameter? Some evil 1 eyed black triangle put there by the evil god RA,
called gotsu... and the evil 1eyed black triangle that was in our sun called GAOTO

Supreme Angel Lord Alextron is the protector
of this Angelic Realm.

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inanna17: ?
3 years 9 months ago

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Timmy Drud: Great Article
3 years 8 months ago

This is a very fantastic article. It has clearly shown that Christianity as we know it today is only but a compromise of Pagan practices and Christianity as practiced by the Essenes and disciples of Jesus. Paul in his many writings mentions milk being fed to little children and bones to mature people.In that regard, christianity is two-fold, one for the carnal and the other for the spiritual. I conclude that Jefferson belonged to the spiritual and all opposed to his views are carnal.

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truthor's picture
truthor: oh
3 years 6 months ago

so how do you feel about the one world religion being implemented by the Freemasons?

"No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation." D. Spangler, Director of Planetary Initiative, United Nations. -

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charlesche: Man is very limited to the ways of YAWEH!!!!
3 years 7 months ago

Jefferson's public life was not without turmoil, failure and scandal, nor was his private life without tragedy and trouble. His beloved wife died at a young age. Five of his six children died prematurely, four in infancy. In all his adult life he was never free from the burden of seriously threatening indebtedness.

The character of Jefferson's religion is one of the most interesting aspects of his intriguing life. Certain evangelicals, who were also his political opponents, tried very hard to make Jefferson's religion a factor in elections. They filled the press with scurrilous attacks on his "deistical" beliefs. He made it his steadfast policy never to respond to any of these attacks or, indeed, to make any public statement at all concerning his faith. Ironically, in spite of the attacks, evangelicals flocked to support Jefferson because they favored the end of tax support for established churches—which meant freedom for their independent churches—as passionately as did he. Today religious conservatives portray Jefferson as a sympathetic figure, unaware of his religious beliefs, his understanding of religious freedom or his criticisms of evangelical religiosity.

These facts about Jefferson's religion are known. He was raised as an Anglican and always maintained some affiliation with the Anglican Church. He was also known to contribute financially, in fair proportion, to every denomination in his town. While a student at William and Mary College, he began to read the Scottish moral philosophers and other authors who had made themselves students of church history. These scholars opened the door for Jefferson's informed criticism of prevailing religious institutions and beliefs. But it was the world renowned English Unitarian minister and scientist, Joseph Priestley, who had the most profound impact on his thought. According to Priestley's Corruptions of Christianity, published in 1782, and many other of his books, the teachings of Jesus and his human character were obscured and obfuscated in the early Christian centuries. As the Church Fathers adapted Christianity to Mediterranean-primarily Greek-forms of thought, they contrived doctrines altogether foreign to Biblical thought, such as the doctrine of the Trinity. Jefferson assumed that a thoroughly reformed Christian faith, true to Jesus' teaching, would be purged of all Greek influence and doctrinal absurdity.

Jefferson never joined a Unitarian church. He did attend Unitarian services while visiting with Joseph Priestley after his immigration to Pennsylvania and spoke highly of those services. He corresponded on religious matters with numerous Unitarians, among them Jared Sparks (Unitarian minister, historian and president of Harvard), Thomas Cooper, Benjamin Waterhouse and John Adams. He was perhaps most open concerning his own beliefs in his long exchange of letters with John Adams during their late years, 1812-26.

It is probably safe to say that Jefferson first acquired from Joseph Priestley features of his world view and faith which he found confirmed to his satisfaction by further thought and study for the rest of his life. These included a withering a scorn for Platonic and all forms of Neoplatonic metaphysics; a fierce loathing of all "priestcraft" whose practitioners he held guilty of deliberately perpetrating rank superstition for centuries, thus maintaining their own power; a serene conviction that Jesus' moral teaching was entirely compatible with natural law as it may be inferred from the sciences; and a unitarian view of Jesus. These features are all well attested in his voluminous private correspondence.

Jefferson's earliest writings on religion exhibit a natural theology, a heavy reliance on reason, and the belief that morality comes not from special revelation but from careful attention to the inward moral sense. In a letter to his nephew Peter Carr in 1787, Jefferson advised, "Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a god."

He considered Jesus the teacher of a sublime and flawless ethic. Writing in 1803 to the Universalist physician Benjamin Rush, Jefferson wrote, "To the corruptions of Christianity, I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence, and believing he never claimed any other."

Jefferson found the Unitarian understanding of Jesus compatible with his own. In 1822 he predicted that "there is not a young man now living in the US who will not die an Unitarian." Jefferson requested that a Unitarian minister be dispatched to his area of Virginia. "Missionaries from Cambridge [that is: Harvard Divinity School] would soon be greeted with more welcome, than from the tritheistical school of Andover." Jefferson's christology is apparent in these and similar letters, and also in one of his most famous writings, the "Jefferson Bible."

Of immense appeal is the image of President Jefferson, up late at night in his study at the White House, using a razor to cut out large segments of the four Gospels and pasting the parts he decided to keep onto the pages of a blank book, purchased to receive them. This original project of 1804, which he titled "The Philosophy of Jesus," he refined and greatly expanded in his later years. The final product, completed in 1820, he called the "Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth," which was the version Congress published. Jefferson's "Life and Morals" argues no theology. It is simply his edited version of the Gospels. He literally cut out the virgin birth, miracle stories, claims to Jesus' divinity and the resurrection. Some scholars believe he first assembled his collage of Jesus' teachings for his own devotional use. A late reference to the "Indians" who could benefit from reading it, was likely directed at those public figures, often Christian ministers, who had viciously attacked his religious beliefs without in the least understanding them or—as Jefferson believed—Jesus.

Thomas Jefferson's genius is everywhere apparent in his thirst for and his comprehension of the best enlightened philosophy, history, science, political theory, agriculture and religion of his age. Tragically, he failed utterly to engage, in any substantively practical way whatsoever, the massive realities of American racial oppression and injustice. Jefferson's writings display deep reservations as well as moral anguish concerning Negro slavery; yet he never freed his own slaves. Much attention, in Jefferson's time and in ours, has focused on his alleged sexual relations with his mixed-race slave, Sally Hemings, the light skinned half-sister of his wife. There is now compelling DNA evidence that Jefferson was the father of at least one of Hemings' children. He did free two of Hemings' children in his will and Hemings was given her freedom shortly thereafter. But millions of African Americans have had to suffer many more decades of cruel economic slavery, even after legal slavery was ended in the 1860s, because of the common, absurd notion, which Thomas Jefferson shared and only mildly questioned, that the "dark" races were inferior to the "white." Moreover, Jefferson's presidential removal policies proved horribly destructive to Native Americans. They set the pattern for the Bill for Indian Removal, signed by President Jackson in 1830, whose cruel enforcement resulted in the Trail of Tears of 1838-39 and other atrocities. Jefferson's prophetic advancement of human liberty is deeply tainted by his shameful legacy in matters of race.

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truthor: Illuminati Created the US to Advance NWO
3 years 6 months ago

Illuminati Created the US to Advance NWO

http://www.henrymakow.com/the_united_states_is_a_masonic.html

GREAT SEAL: Under the proposal of THOMAS JEFFERSON, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN and JOHN ADAMS, on JUNE 10 1782, The US Congress adopted the "Illuminati" symbol as the back or reverse of the GREAT SEAL of The United States. The Eagle with olive branch and arrows was the front of The Great Seal of The United States.

MDCCLXXVI. On The Illuminati Symbol of the GREAT SEAL on the USD dollar bill is a date in Roman Numerals, MDCCLXXVI. This date is 1776. What is coincidental is this is the same date when Adam Weishaupt founded the Bavarian Illuminati, funded by Mayar Rothschild and a secret group of super wealthy investors. Most people assume this date refers to JULY 4 1776 when the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed.

ANNUIT COEPTIS: the latin phrase means "our enterprise", our "conspiracy" or "our pact". All of which symbolisze the pact that the Illuminati made with LUCIFER and to carry-out his dark plan upon the earth, including the infiltration and take over (via revolutions) of all western governments with the USA as its "prize".

IT IS INTERESTING THAT THE WRITING ON THE 1782 GREAT SEAL AND ON OUR USD DOLLAR TODAY IS IN LATIN NOT ENGLISH. IT SEEMS SOME OF FOUNDING FATHERS DID NOT WANT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CITIZEN TO KNOW WHAT

THE WORDS MEANT BUT WERE HIDDEN (OCCULT).

NOVUS ORDUS SECLORUM... This phrase means "NEW WORLD ORDER" of the ORDER OF THE NEW AGE. In modern times, the phrase was first used by President Bush 41 soon after the first Iraq war.Again, the NEW WORLD ORDER is the goal of the Illuminati, to bring about a One World Government, a Luciferic Theocracy, led by the Son of Lucifer, whom scripture calls The Beast and Antichrist of Rev:13 as all opposition will be eliminated.

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paulb: Thomas Jefferson
2 years 11 months ago

OK was he a Christian,well lets look at how he lived,Sally Heming his slave who Mr. Jefferson had children with(see DNA),Thomas Paine his friend who was NOT A Christian(yoke with Bible says DON'T),His Bible Jefferson wrote ,and it does away with virgin birth of Jesus Christ,takes all of Christ miracles out of this text. He loved enlightenment,I am not the judge, however this proves he was in BIG SIN if he was a Christan. See Jefferson and Civil Liberties The Darker Side,by Leonard W. Levy (book) and also watch free on (utube) The Hidden Faith of The Founding Fathers,by Christian Pinto (truth) WAKE UP USA!

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paulb: Thomas Jefferson
2 years 11 months ago

Was he a Christian ,Jefferson And Civil Liberties ,The Hidden Faith of The Founding Fathers,free to watch on utube,Sally Heming he had children with,hmm,oh and his Bible takes out ALL the miracles Jesus Christ did,plus NO virgin birth,hmm?

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paulb: keep get nnnnn spam???????
2 years 11 months ago

why spam

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