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Bill of Rights

On December 15, 1791, the United States Congress ratified the first ten amendments to the Constitution, which we call the Bill of Rights.  Several of the early North American colonies had already put lists of rights in their constitutions.  So when the United States of America was founded, some of these rights were written into the Federal Constitution.  Here are some of them:
—Americans have the right to say and write what they wish. 
—Americans have the right to meet together peaceably. 
—Americans even have the right to complain to their Government! 
—Congress cannot set up an official religion for the country or keep people from worshipping as they wish. 
—In peacetime, Americans cannot be forced to take soldiers into their homes. 
—An official cannot search a person or his home or take property without a warrant. 
—A person cannot be put on trial unless a grand jury has decided there is enough evidence for a trial. 
—No person can be tried twice for the same crime. 
—No person can be forced to give testimony against himself (this rule was to prevent the use of torture). 
—No person can be executed, imprisoned, or fined except after a fair trial. 
Notice how many of these Rights speak about what a person can expect if taken to court!  As Christians, we have a “Bill of Rights” that tells us what we can expect in the Heavenly Court.  You and I can be assured we have an Advocate in Heaven who personally takes responsibility of our case!  His name is Jesus Christ.

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
— 1 John 2:1-2 NIV
Updated: Jun 10, 2012