The Treaty of Paris, 1783
Who knows what that treaty is all about? A very small percentage I expect. So just for kicks, let’s do a search for it and see what we can find…
Here’s one, from Answers.com. According to that source:
“The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War on September 3, 1783. It was signed in Paris by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay, representing the United States, together with David Hartley, representing Great Britain…Under the terms of the treaty, Britain recognized the independent nation of the United States of America. Britain agreed to remove all of its troops from the new nation. The treaty also set new borders for the United States, including all land from the Great Lakes on the north to Florida on the south, and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. The Unites States was also granted access to the fisheries off the coast of Newfoundland.” Yada yada...To read more, you can check out: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_was_the_Treaty_of_Paris_in_1783#ixzz1VQQJx0y4
And then, according to Socialstudiesforkids.com, the Treaty of Paris of 1783 is the:
“Treaty that officially ended the Revolutionary War on September 3, 1783. It was signed in Paris by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay. Under the terms of the treaty, Britain recognized the independent nation of the United States of America. Britain agreed to remove all of its troops from the new nation. The treaty also set new borders for the United States, including all land from the Great Lakes on the north to Florida on the south, and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. The United States agreed to allow British troops still in America to leave and also agreed to pay all existing debts owed to Great Britain. The United States also agreed not to persecute loyalists still in America and allow those that left America to return.” Pretty much the same answer, I’d say. Source: http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/wwww/us/treatyofparis1783def.htm
What you read above is likely what you will find if you are looking for an opinion of the significance of the Treaty of Paris of 1783. That agreement effectively ended the war for American Independence. But here is something that these sources do not tell you, and few sources discussing this subject will. And that is that under the terms of this treaty, both Great Britain and the United States of America entered into the agreement, "in the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity." Whoa! What’s that you say??? How is that possible? America is a nation that divides church and state, right? Well how could the treaty under which the United States of America came into the world, thereafter universally recognized a nation among nations, possibly have entered into such a landmark agreement, and in the process submit itself to the authority of the Holy Trinity??? Good question, friends. Good question.
Now let’s look who signed this agreement, none other than the esteemed Benjamin Franklin, and the ‘to be’ second president of the new nation, John Adams, along with statesmen John Jay, all well-known and respected founders, men who represented the United States at the negotiation and signing of the treaty. According to Wikipedia, “The American Congress of the Confederation, which met temporarily in Annapolis, Maryland, ratified the treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784 (Ratification Day).” So this treaty, signed by the duly authorized representatives of the United States of America, became ratified by the sitting congress of the government of the same, agreed by each representative of every state, unanimously, that this new nation was in fact subject to the authority of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Now what I write here is not open for debate. Anyone reading this can look up the text of the treaty and read it for themselves. So this is not an opinion. What I write here is a statement of fact. And that fact is that the two nations which entered into the aforementioned treaty, in doing so submitted to the authority of the Holy Trinity. Those two nations agreed between each other, and agreed among their people, that in some certain respect, they were "Christian nations." So what does that tell us about these two nations today? And in particular, what does this information tell us about the nature of the United States of America today? Is the America of today any different in its defining character than the nation that entered into the Treaty of Paris in 1783? Because if it is, then that treaty is no longer in effect and this nation is not subject under its provisions.
But if the United States of America is, in fact, the same nation that entered into the Treaty of Paris of 1783, then that nation is a Christian nation, subject to the authority of the Holy Trinity, God of the Bible and New Testament, if for no other reasons, true by definition of the terms of the Treaty to which I refer.
Next time, we will explore further this notion, and search our founding documents for clues that might help us understand better the nature and character of this nation, the United States of America. And as we uncover the layers of truth that these documents have for us to find, we will discover for ourselves the truth of the matter, finally with the goal to understand the authoritative nature of this nation we love.
So stay tuned…