Why my family could read so well, and the Word of God
My family, the Puritans, placed a special emphasis on reading. And to this day, the ability to read, and read well, is cherished by my family. And while it may be important for success in school, or at work, for the Puritans it was a direct line to the Word of God.
My family didn't just leave England in the 1600s on a whim. Their lives were in danger, as were the lives of anyone who was protesting the current situation with the Church. That's where the word Protestant comes from: protest-ant. It started with Martin Luther, who actually wrote out his protests and hung them on a church door. And as you would expect, the powers in charge were not happy about this, to say the least.
But people like Martin Luther wanted to bring the Word of God to the people. This was a radical idea at the time, translating the Bible from Latin into a modern language. It started with German, and then it wasn't long until it was translated to English.
The Puritans fought for the right to read the Word of God in their own language. They rejected the priests who spoke in Latin, and stood in the way. The Word was God, and the New Testament was Good News, that needed to be shared. It was the Word of Jesus. It was not meant to be locked up, and used by a select few as a way to wield power.
So if it makes you angry that someone else is interpreting the Word of God, well, now you know how the Puritans felt. They wanted to see for themselves, and to do so, they would have to read. And they encouraged it in their children, and their children's children. And it continues to this day.
Posted by Brad Hall