God has revealed his truth through the natural law and historical revelation culminating in Jesus Christ, but human being cannot be forced to accept it. "Truth ... is to be sought after in a manner proper to the dignity of the human person and his social nature. The inquiry is to be free, carried on with the aid of teaching or instruction, communication and dialogue, in the course of which men explain to one another the truth they have discovered, or think they have discovered, in order thus to assist one another in the quest for truth." (Pope Paul VI, DIGNITATIS HUMANAE, 1965)
To understand the proposition above we need to look at the attitude of Christ who became God's truth in human form. He invited men to accept him as God's Son. To the apostles he said, "... who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ." Not by force but by miracles he influenced their minds to see that He was more than man. One day Jesus healed a blind man in Jerusalem but the Jewish leaders did not want to believe him so they cast him out. Jesus finding him said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you." And he said, "Lord, I believe." (Jn 9:35-38) But there is another side of the equation, the responsibility of each individual, to seek the truth of revelation and once discovered, to accept it because "He who believes and is baptized will be saved. He who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16).
The first amendment of the U.S. Constitutions reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ...."
Despite the separate roles Church and State have in our society, it is obvious that human being have one destiny in God. Therefore, there must be some relationship between religious belief and government. "All five of these tenets [below] run through practically all of the Founders' writings. These are the beliefs which the Founders sometimes referred to as the "religion of America," and they felt these Fundamentals were so important in providing "good government and the happiness of mankind" that they wanted them taught in the public schools along with morality and knowledge."
1. There exists a Creator who made all things, and mankind should recognize and worship Him.
2. The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.
3. The Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.
4. All mankind live beyond this life.
In the next life mankind are judged for their conduct in this one.
(W. Cleon Skousen, The 5000 year Leap, The "Fundamental Points" to Be Taught in the Schools, American Publishing, L.L.C., 1981)
If we look closely at our money, both bills and coins, we will see imprinted
"In God We Trust".
We as a people acknowledge that God exists and that we are under his providential care.