If you were to think of a document other than the Bible that people can more easily cite almost without thinking, that document would be the Declaration of Independence. The comparison with the Bible is spot on. It is not that the Declaration of Independence is sacred in the religious sense of the word. But it holds a reverent place in the hearts of the American people and in the founding history of this great nation.
While not the first words of the Declaration of Independence, these poignant words have the kind of prophetic power that anyone who hears them will immediately be inspired by the beauty, poetry, and deep truths that were so beautifully expressed in that declaration. document. We believe that these truths are self-evident, that all men are created equal, that their Creator endowed them with some inalienable rights, that among these are life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
This statement of that famous statement so beautifully demonstrates some basic principles that show why this document has such a profound impact on the minds and hearts of Americans. The claim that the truths contained in this document were indeed true is a profound claim in its own right. The Declaration of Independence makes me suggest that what is stated in those pages are theories, possibilities, even political ideology. These are truths that give them the same value as the claims of value that are often taught in a religious setting. Truths are eternal values and values that are not altered by circumstances, who or whatever guides the government of the earth or the whim of lawmakers. These truths exist above those temporary earthly ideas and live on that plane of the eternal.
"Self-evident" is a powerful phrase and reflects the founder's belief in what has been called natural law. Natural law is the belief system that there are laws that are part of our natural state of existence and cannot be taken away (inalienable). These laws are our rights as creations of the almighty and any system of government must recognize these laws because they are above the government. It is a basic belief system of the American system that ALL people are entitled to these rights and cannot be taken away.