Many Muslims call the United States a “Christian” country, and all Americans are “Christians.” Are these true? They do this because many of their countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Malaysia, just to name a few, are Muslim countries with sharia (Muslim law). Everyone in the country, or a certain group in the country, is required by law to be Muslim. So they assume the U.S. is the same.
Many of the first immigrants to the U.S. were fleeing religious persecution. Most of them would have considered themselves “Christians.” But many of the individual groups would have disagreed with each other.
The U.S. Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are based on principles found in the Bible. Several of the Founding Fathers were Christians. But Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, was a Deist! He created his own version of the Bible, where he cut out all of Isa’s miracles, along with any other mention of supernatural things. Then he pasted the left-over sections together. George Washington and John Adams were also Deists, rather than Christians.
One of the main tenets in the U.S. Constitution is the separation of church and state, which means that there is no official religion. Another equally important tenet is religious freedom. No one is required to declare a religion. A person can believe whatever he wants to believe. So the United States is not a Christian country. There are many Christians who live in the United States, but there are also lots of Christians in Muslim countries!
What is a Christian?
Many people think a Christian is a person who goes to church a few times a year, celebrates Christmas and Easter, and says, “I am a Christian.” But this viewpoint is incorrect. A Christian is a person who has trusted in Isa Al-Masih as the payment for his sins. A Christian follows Isa and strives to do what He has commanded.
According to this definition of “Christian,” it is something that anyone can do, no matter where you live! The Injil promises, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [Isa Al-Masih], he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (The Injil, 2 Corinthians 5:17).
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