1983–The “Year of the Bible”

Is most of America’s {true} history forgotten—or just ignored? This ‘Christian’ nation has a well founded, substantiated history of praising God—and the Bible:

The following bipartisan Resolution was introduced by Sen. Wm. Armstrong (R-CO) on 3/15/1982 and approved by the House of Representatives on 9/21/1982—by the Senate on 9/23/1982 and signed into law by the President of the United States on October 4, 1982:


PUBLIC LAW 97-280 OCT. 4, 1982

Public Law 97-280 96 STAT. 1211 97th Congress

Joint Resolution

Authorizing and requesting the President to proclaim 1983 as The “Year of the Bible”

Whereas the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people;

Whereas deeply held religious convictions springing from the Holy Scriptures led to the early settlement of our Nation;

Whereas Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States;

Whereas many of our great national leaders-among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson-paid tribute to the surpassing influence of the Bible in our country’s development, as in the words of President Jackson that the Bible is “the rock on which our Republic rests”;

Whereas the history of our Nation clearly illustrates the value of voluntarily applying the teachings of the Scriptures in the lives of individuals, families, and societies; Whereas this Nation now faces great challenges that will test this Nation as it has never been tested before; and

Whereas that renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through Holy Scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983 as a national “Year of the Bible” in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our Nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. Note: President Reagan signed this Resolution into law on 10/04/1982.

“1983 was designated as the national Year of the Bible by President Ronald Reagan by Proclamation 5018, made on February 3, 1983 at the annual National Prayer Breakfast.” ¹

February 3, 1983; Proclamation 5018 — Year of the Bible, 1983.

“A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America:

Of the many influences that have shaped the United States of America into a distinctive Nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.

Deep religious beliefs stemming from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible inspired many of the early settlers of our country, providing them with the strength, character, convictions, and faith necessary to withstand great hardship and danger in this new and rugged land. These shared beliefs helped forge a sense of common purpose among the widely dispersed colonies — a sense of community which laid the foundation for the spirit of nationhood that was to develop in later decades.

The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers’ abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual. This same sense of man patterned the convictions of those who framed the English system of law inherited by our own Nation, as well as the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

For centuries the Bible’s emphasis on compassion and love for our neighbor has inspired institutional and governmental expressions of benevolent outreach such as private charity, the establishment of schools and hospitals, and the abolition of slavery.

Many of our greatest national leaders — among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson –have recognized the influence of the Bible on our country’s development. The plainspoken Andrew Jackson referred to the Bible as no less than “the rock on which our Republic rests.” Today our beloved America and, indeed, the world, is facing a decade of enormous challenge. As a people we may well be tested as we have seldom, if ever, been tested before. We will need resources of spirit even more than resources of technology, education, and armaments.

There could be no more fitting moment than now to reflect with gratitude, humility, and urgency upon the wisdom revealed to us in the writing that Abraham Lincoln called “the best gift God has ever given to man . . . But for it we could not know right from wrong.”

The Congress of the United States, in recognition of the unique contribution of the Bible in shaping the history and character of this Nation, and so many of its citizens, has by Senate Joint Resolution 165 authorized and requested the President to designate the year 1983 as the “Year of the Bible.”

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in recognition of the contributions and influence of the Bible on our Republic and our people, do hereby proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible in the United States. I encourage all citizens, each in his or her own way, to reexamine and rediscover its priceless and timeless message.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventh.” Ronald Reagan.

The United States of America—TRULY, a Christian nation. (related posts):

“The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” The President is required by law (36 U.S.C. § 119) to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.”  ¹   † The History of Prayer in America“—NationalDayofPrayer.Org

America, a Christian Nation–led by Christians: “Of the new members, (the 116th Congress) fully 81% identify as Christians. While this is lower than the Christian share of incumbents, it is still higher than the share of U.S. adults who are Christian (71%) ◊ Christians make up large majorities in both chambers. In fact, Protestants alone form majorities in both the House (54%) and the Senate (60%) ◊ Republican members of Congress are more likely than Democratic members to identify as Protestants (70% vs. 41%) ◊ Among Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party in the general public, 82% of registered voters are Christians, compared with about 99% of Republicans in Congress.”–Pew Research Center; 1-3-2019.

What an ‘oath’ in America means: “An oath,” says Webster, “is an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces his favor, if the declaration is false.” An oath therefore is an act of religion; and as the God to whom appeal is made is the “only living and true God,” or the God of the Christian, it is an act of the Christian religion.”–S. M. Campbell, DD., 1870.

America: “Our fathers have made one more trial, knowing that past failures were from want of Christian principle, and that they had settled these shores expressly in obedience to Christian principle, and therefore they might hope. In faith and prayer they struggled; for they felt, that with God all things are possible in the cause of righteousness, and they hoped their children would feel this too. From the first, they set out with the idea of making this community that happy people, whose God is the Lord, – a Christian nation, – what the world had never yet seen, but what all its experience concurred in testifying it must seem or it would never see the amount of prosperity man is capable of attaining on earth. A Christian people! Not merely a sober, industrious people, without religion, if such could be expected, but distinctively a Christian people.”—7/5/1840; M. I. Motte.

“The Constitution was not intended for a people that had no religion, or that needed any legislation on the subject from the proposed General or National Government; it was to be for a people already Christian, and whose existing laws, emanating from the most appropriate, or, to say the least, the most convenient sources, gave ample evidence of their being favourable to religion.”–Robert Baird, Clergyman; 1844.

Regarding the 1st Amendment: “The United States furnishes the first example in history of a government deliberately depriving itself of all legislative control over religion, which was justly regarded by all older governments as the chief support of public morality, order, peace, and prosperity.”—Philip Schaff, DD., LLD., 1889.

“The American clergy and the American statesman; the preacher and the politician—were the two firm hands that first held Democracy’s plow, gripping the reins of this fledgling republic and cutting deep that furrow of freedom in the hearts of men while earnestly sowing the seeds of life and liberty. They understood their role of maintaining the balance between church and state, not the separation thereof. Now is the time for all good pastors to come to the aid of their country. If the American pastor forgets his role in America’s history, he will have lost his purpose for America’s future. America’s current crises are not caused by separation of church and state, but that the church is in a state of separation. America’s preachers have taken their hands off Democracy’s plow.”—Pastor Dan Cummins.

“Every thinking man, when he realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life …that it would be literally—I do not mean figuratively, I mean literally—impossible for us to figure what life would be—if these teachings were removed.”–President Theodore Roosevelt.

“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.”—Thomas Jefferson, 1808.

“Went to church, fasted all day.”—An entry from George Washington’s diary, June 1, 1774.

Christian Faith; “It is 24/7. It must be practiced in the home, the business, the government, and yes, the law.”—Michael Youssef.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144:15