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.

How to understand Christianity

There's bad news for people who would like to learn about Christianity quickly and easily, as it really can't be taught with slogans, memes, or catchy phrases. That's the bad news. The good news is, of course, the Bible, specifically the New Testament.

If you're a "TLDR" (too long, didn't read) person, then it isn't Christianity that's confusing you, it's people's attempt to condense it that is. And those people, although I wouldn't go so far as to call them evil, are doing a disservice to the teachings of Jesus, and more often than not are doing things that are intended to manipulate. Luckily, you don't have to listen to these people. You can find the Good News for yourself.

If you're protesting that you're no power reader, or Biblical scholar, consider how Jesus himself began his explanations, to children. And if you're too proud to consider yourself a child at the feet of God, I only ask you to reconsider.

So throw away the slogans, memes, catchy slogans, and people who would distort the Word of God, and find out for yourself. And start with a current translation of the New Testament. When I was a kid, it was called "Good News for Modern Man". Of course, that was quite a while ago! But I've read it, and while I can't say that I will ever understand it all, at least I have a chance.

My family, the Puritans, risked their lives to break away from the established Church. For them, a Bible that was translated into their modern language was a dangerous thing to get caught with. They didn't leave England just for the heck of it, their lives were in danger. If you're wondering just how dangerous it got for people who wanted to protest the established church, take a look at Spain at the time, and the Inquisition.

There are a lot of reasons why people would want to manipulate a religion. It's practically the history of abused power in the world. And so, my family for generation after generation, made the ability, and the willingness, to read a priority for their children. And they didn't want anyone in a position of authority giving them a "condensed" version of the Truth.

So find a modern copy of the New Testament, and look at it with the eyes of a child.

Matthew 19:14
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