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John Q. Adams Pro-God Anti-Slavery

If you have an opportunity to read any books written about (or written by) John Quincy Adams, please take time to do so. Adams, 6th President of the United States, was not afraid to speak his mind on any subject.
The following is an excerpt from “Letters of John Quincy Adams to His Sons on the Bible and its Teachings”…

“The first point of view in which I have invited you to consider the Bible, is the light of Divine Revelation. And what are we to understand by these terms? I intend as much as possible, to avoid the field of controversy, which I am not well acquainted with, and for which I have little respect, and still less inclination. My idea of the Bible as a Divine Revelation, is founded upon its practical use to mankind, and not upon metaphysical subtleties. There are three points of doctrine, the belief of which, forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is, a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of those articles of faith, and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark; the laws of man may bind him in chains, or may put him to death, but they can never make him wise, virtuous, or happy…
It is so obvious to every reasonable being, that he did not make himself, and the world which he inhabits, could as little make itself, that the moment we begin to exercise the power of reflection, it seems impossible to escape the conviction that there is a Creator. It is equally evident that the Creator must be a spiritual, and not material being; there is also a consciousness that the thinking part of our nature is not material, but spiritual — that it is not subject to the laws of matter, nor perishable with it.”

Adams believed that all men have the same God-given rights. He worked for years to end slavery. In a speech delivered on the 61th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, he stated…

“The inconsistency of the institution of domestic slavery with the principles of the Declaration of Independence was seen and lamented by all the southern patriots of the Revolution; by no one with deeper and more unalterable conviction than by the author of the Declaration himself. No charge of insincerity or hypocrisy can be fairly laid to their charge. Never from their lips was heard one syllable of attempt to justify the institution of slavery. They universally considered it as a reproach fastened upon them by the unnatural step-mother country and they saw that before the principles of the Declaration of Independence, slavery, in common with every other mode of oppression, was destined sooner or later to be banished from the earth. Such was the undoubting conviction of Jefferson to his dying day. In the Memoir of HIs Life, written at the age of seventy-seven, he gave to his countrymen the solemn and emphatic warning that the day was not distant when they must hear and adopt the general emancipation of their slaves. “Nothing is more certainly written,” said he, “in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.”

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