We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Wrong. These truths are not self evident.
Definition of Equal:
- Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.
- Having the same privileges, status, or rights: citizens equal before the law.
All men are not created equal, in any specific meaningful sense of the word.
No measurable quantity related to people is uniform across all people. This is another way of saying no two people are physically equal. (Though twins may be very very similar)
No two people have the same value. Value is a tricky word, but the ultimate arbiter of value is God. He is eternal, and He judges rightly, so His opinion on what has value and what does not is final. God does not value all humans equally. My evidence:
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. “ – Romans 9:13
God valued Jacob more than Esau. Therefore at least one human was valued differently, which is enough to break the idea of “equality.” But we can even deduce the great diversity of loves God has for mankind based on the nature of love itself. Love is relational, and as such necessarily takes different forms in different relationships. Since every relationship is unique, all perfect love is unique, which means God loves us all unequally.
What about legal equality? Some countries may grant it in name, but no country grants it in practice. The word of an officer is always taken higher than the word of a peasant. Members of the government always have authority over their subjects. That is just what being in government means.
In no specific sense are all men created equal, unless equal is taken to mean only something vague and pleasant. But if equal is taken to describe some facet of reality, then unfortunately for the idolaters of equality, their idol is a false one, nowhere to be found on this earth, or (probably) in the next.