In 2021, the people of the United States have the right to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, to honor Native Americans, and Columbus Day, because of the discovery of America in 1492 by the Italian-Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus. Columbus’ achievement was a great enterprise that calls for a place on the pages of history.

From the 15th century to the 20th century, colonial powers had different kinds of governments and different colonial systems. Colonial relationships varied considerably. For instance, the British lost their original North American colonies, which became independent in 1776. By 1914, the U.S. and Japan were significant colonial powers, with different kinds of governments and different colonial systems.

Slavery and colonialism have existed since antiquity.

All races have sinned against God’s 10 Commandments. (Human sacrifices to idols, cannibalism, and genocide are serious offenses against God.)

In modern times, tyrannies, fascism, Nazism, and communism have killed millions of people.

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Man has free will to deny the existence of God or to reject God’s law or to ignore God’s justice or to refuse God’s grace and mercy.

The good members in the church, like the 15th century priests Father Jean Perez and Father Bartolomé de las Casas obeyed Christ’s mandate out of love for God and their fellow man. Father Juan Perez sincerely desired to carry to unknown lands and people the message of Christ crucified. Father las Casas also shared the loving gospel of the risen Christ. The work of Father las Casas to prevent colonists from enslaving indigenous peoples was crowned with victory in 1537 when Pope Paul III issued an edict forbidding slavery. The U.S. abolished the slave trade in 1808.

Christine Ficken


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