The fact that the spirit of God dwells in man, and it's conceptualization is necessary for a righteous life was first codified by the Hebrews over three thousand years ago. That is where the concept of Gods chosen people originated. The founding of the Christian religion based on the teachings of Christ extended that concept to all of mankind. This concept, along with the rational thinking of the Age of Enlightenment brought forth the freest and most blessed nation on the face of the earth. We squander the sacrifices of previous generations of Americans that built this great nation, at our peril.