If the Bible was Our Law

John Adams, afterwards president of the United States, wrote thus when a young man:—

"Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged, in conscience, to temperance and frugality and industry; to justice and charity towards his fellow-men, and to piety, love, and reverence towards Almighty God. In this commonwealth no man would impair his health by gluttony, drunkenness, or lust; no man would sacrifice his most precious time to cards or any other trifling and mean amusement; no man would steal, or lie, or in any way defraud his neighbor, but would live in peace and good-will with all men; no man would blaspheme his Maker or profance His worship; but a rational, a manly, a sincere, and unaffected piety and devotion would reign in all hearts. What a Utopia, what a paradise would this region be!"—Works of John Adams.

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