Along time ago there was one denomination of the Christian church. Only a select few were educated. That’s why we call it the Dark Ages. Only a few had access to the True Light. The printing press started to change that. Johann Gutenberg was a light in a dark world. He invented the movable printing press in 1448. Because of him, it became possible for people to educate themselves. They no longer had to believe everything people in authority told them. Another light in the dark world was a priest by the name of Martin Luther (the German one, not the one from Alabama), he was searching for the True Light.
He found it in
Ephesians 2:8-9 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
8 For by [a]grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God,
9 [b]Not of works, lest any man should boast himself.
Now he had a problem, a big one. This is NOT what the church taught, but he had found the truth he had sought for so long. He eventually wrote and posted a list of complaints against the church in 1517. This was a deadly decision. He had to go in hiding. He knew that if people couldn’t read the Bible for themselves, he could be called a liar. Again, he criminally not only started printing Bibles, he printed them in the language of the people.
One more flame was William Tyndale. Even though all the major European languages had been translated and made available. Tyndale’s translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts, the first English one to take advantage of the printing press, and first of the new English Bibles of the Reformation. It was taken to be a direct challenge to the control of both the Roman Catholic Church and English Laws.
People could educate themselves. Those in control, began to lose some of their control, and those who had no control, began to have some control. This was not popular with those in authority.
A few years later, the flames were further fanned in Scrooby, England where another group of people were prepared for the next step. In 1592, an English Bible had been written-the Geneva Bible. The translators used only Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek transcripts. They did not trust the Latin. This is the Bible the Pilgrims had. These people were resolved to live life firmly by the Bible as much as humanly possible.
“[They] as the Lord’s free people joined themselves… in the fellowship of the gospel, to walk in all His ways made known, or to be made known unto them.” – William Bradford
- The English Crown forbade separation from the Church-King Henry VIII, Elizabeth and Mary had caused a lot of problems, persecuting and imprisoning many. In 1608, the Scrooby group fled into more liberal Holland, despite King James’ efforts to prevent their departure.
- They moved to Holland because it was tolerant of religious beliefs and had many colleges and universities (hum, I guess education was important to them).
- After a decade in Leiden, the low wages, the danger of renewed war with Spain, and concern for their childrens’ future (the Dutch didn’t follow God all that closely) led them to seek another solution. The Leiden Separatist community decided to relocate to America.
- The Pilgrims decided to emigrate to America despite the perils and dangers:
- “all great & honourable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages. It was granted ye dangers were great, but not desperate; the difficulties were many, but not invincible. For though their were many of them likely, yet they were not cartaine (certain); it might be sundrie of ye things feared might never befale; others by providente care & ye use of good means, might in a great measure be prevented; and all of them, through ye help of God, by fortitude and patience, might either be borne, or overcome. True it was, that such atempts were not to be made and undertaken without good ground & reason; not rashly or lightly as many have done for curiositie or hope of gaine, &c. But their condition was not ordinarie; their ends were good & honourable; their calling lawfull, & urgente; and therfore they might expecte ye blessing of god in their proceding. Yea, though they should loose their lives in this action, yet might they have comforte in the same, and their endeavors would be honourable. They lived hear but as men in exile, & in a poore condition; and as great miseries might possibly befale them in this place, for ye 12. years of truce [the truce between Holland and Spain] were now out, & ther was nothing but beating of drumes, and preparing for warr, the events wherof are allway uncertaine.” William Bradford from “Of Plymouth Plantation” (I modified this slightly for readability)
- The 66-day voyage was frequently stormy. At one point, a main beam cracked and had to be repaired using a large iron screw. When the passengers sighted Cape Cod, they realized that they had failed to reach Virginia, where they had permission to settle. The season was late, however, and supplies of food and water were low. They could go no further.
- The Pilgrims drew up an agreement that the passengers would stay together in a “civil body politic.” That agreement, known as the “Mayflower Compact,” was signed on November 21, 1620. The original Mayflower Compact has disappeared; we know its wording from the writings of William Bradford.
- Finding the place “very good for situation,” they resolved to stay. Soon, however, the little band began to suffer mightily from cold and disease. Of the 102 Mayflower passengers, only half remained alive by spring.
- These people relied on God and each other to survive. They frankly had a commune type of system-all food grown was shared equally. This worked okay the first couple of years, but then the people lost motivation. It was decided if they grew food for their own families it might be more beneficial. It was and the community began to prosper.
- Colonial families often had eight or more children. Puritans believed that parents must instill self-control in their children, so they would accept the discipline of the Lord. Reading, important for understanding the Bible, was generally taught at home. There was no official school in the Colony until the 1670s. Children did not have much time to play. Girls worked in the house with their mothers; boys worked with their fathers in the field or the workshop.
- “Children are a blessing great, but dangerous… Above all other, how great and many are their spiritual dangers… one or two proving lewd and wicked will break our tender hearts.” John Robinson
- Another way God had his plan in our founding is Squanto. Squanto willingly went to England with some explorers. Came back home, and was kidnapped and taken to Spain. He ended up with some friars, and learned English, how to read, and received Christ. Because of this, Squanto was prepared to be a huge blessing to the Pilgrims, as they were for him as all of his tribe had died.
There is no way to dispute that God is the founder of our country. There is no way to dispute that the Pilgrims were willing to sacrifice their lives so that they could raise their children in a Biblical manner and to teach them to read the Bible for themselves. They could educate themselves.
This is our history. This is what is at stake. This is why I am fighting CC, so that parents can raise their children, not the government. As I stated earlier, the government wanted control over the people. Education was power over the government. That is why the government wants to educate your children. Control.