This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Understanding the words of God

My family, the Puritans, like all Protestants, resisted any attempt to keep them away from the words of God. They kept a Bible handy. And it was in a modern language that they understood. You may even go so far as to describe their attitude as *Puritanical* when it came to this.

To them, the Bible contained the words of God. They read it, understood it, and lived as close to those words as they could. These were not words to be chanted, or memorized, without understanding the meaning. These were not words to be interpreted for them. This was plain speaking.

If you're interested in the words of God, read the Bible. Like my family in the 1600s, find the most current translation that you can find. Let the words speak to you without any intervention, without any translation, without anything between you and them.

If, for some reason, you have confused the words of God with song lyrics, or memorized phrases, that's understandable. But these are living words, and people like my family fought for the right to be able to see them, and hear the voice of God.
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