How to understand Christianity
My family, the Puritans, held strong views on how to learn Christianity. They read the Bible. That's how they understood Christianity. And if that sounds like a simplistic point of view, take a look at how they viewed the world of Faith.
The Puritans rejected the ceremony of the Church. They rejected practices such as keeping the written Word of a God only in Latin, and thereby only accessible to Priests. They rejected having the World of God given to them in an abbreviated way by authority figures. They wanted the Word of God for themselves.
And this meant more than getting the Bible translated into modern languages, which began with Martin Luther, who insisted that it be translated into his modern German. This meant insisting on literacy as means of direct access to the Word of God.
To this day people like me, and other Protestants, feel very strongly about this. Like the Puritans of the 16th Century, our religious leaders are seen only as that, as leaders, not holy men. A preacher, or a minister, may quote the Bible, but the congregation is in charge.
If you want to understand Christianity the way that the Puritans did, you will need to read the Bible. Reject short-cuts, reject being told by someone (authority figure or not) what it means. And that means finding a modern translation, in a language that you understand.
Posted by Brad Hall