The Humpty Dumpty Theory of Language and The American Constitution

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

Humpty Dumpty & Alice
Humpty Dumpty

So what is The Humpty Dumpty Theory of Language?

"I don't know what you mean by 'glory'," Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't- till I tell you. I meant 'there's a nice knock-down argument for you!'"

"But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'," Alice objected.

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean- neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master-that's all." from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

"it means just what I choose it to mean- neither more nor less." Humpty Dumpty was controlling language and the people around him by stating that the words spoken meant whatever he choose them to mean despite their actual meaning.

There was a time when Americans had shared a common knowledge and had common values and priorities. Those values and priorities had a distinctly Christian application even though many people had no idea that was the case.

There was also a time when Americans shared a common language, and had social capital invested in knowing what each other meant by what they said. There were to my knowledge very few if any people purposely twisting and manipulating language and words the way many people are today (Trump would be a prime example).

Outright lying about a words meaning to gain power and influence have seemingly become badges of courage for many, including many who claim to be Christian.

Recently within all of the culture wars some have attempted to justify their behavior by claiming the American Constitution is divinely inspired.

Only The Bible is Divinely Inspired

The Mormon Church has long claimed that part of the message the Prophet Joseph Smith received from an Angel was used to write the Constitution. The Mormon church itself states the American Constitution is divinely inspired.

To begin with the entire incident surrounding Joseph Smith's encounter with a supposed Angel speaks more to demonic influence than divine revelation. Therefore everything that comes out of it is suspect and evil.

Even the Mormons admit the Constitution has errors (about slavery for example). If it has errors it cannot be divinely inspired.

For many Americans, Evangelicals among them to claim the Constitution is divinely inspired is yet another example of The World, the Flesh and the Devil. Either American Evangelicals have no clue what inspired by God means or they have chosen to believe the heresy of Mormonism. America is part of Satan's worldly system and we cannot like Humpty Dumpty wish something into existence just by saying if means what we want it to mean.

"The word “inspiration” means breathing in—whether air for the body or ideas for the mind. As the good book says in Paul’s letter to his colleague Timothy, All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Theories vary on how God’s Word was produced. One popular school of thought is that the writers of the Bible were simply stenographers. Passive recorders wrote down whatever God dictated. This has been the view of the Roman Catholic Church for centuries. In support of this idea, 2 Peter 1:21 says, For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." from the article: What Does it Mean That the Bible Is Divinely Inspired? God allowed the human author latitude in his own diction, idioms, and logic. The result of dual authorship is that while each human author wrote in a unique style, the end product was exactly what God wanted, communicated, and written without error.

As Christians we must abandon the sins of deceit and manipulation to try and justify our opinions. The only way to halt the decline of America is if each of us immerses ourselves in our relationship with Christ!

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