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 the Puritans wanted to read the mind of God

My family, the Puritans, were among a group called Protestants, who wanted to understand the Word of God for themselves. They wanted to throw away the Priests, and the ceremonies. They wanted the Word to be translated into a language that that ordinary people could understand, not just Latin. And as you would imagine, this outraged many people in the Church, as this was seen as an attempt to read the mind of God.

Martin Luther

By the time of the rise of the Protestants, the Word of God, especially the Gospels of Jesus Christ, had been carefully preserved for over 1500 years. Like anything precious, they were guarded, revered, and then ultimately locked away. And then people like Martin Luther had begun to wonder why this direct connection to the Word of God had been buried away. It was, after all the Good News that Jesus had shared. And the idea that the Gospel be freely shared was a revolutionary idea during the time of Martin Luther. He wanted to see the Bible translated into his modern language, which was German.

My ancestors fought for their right to see the Word of God for themselves. And not only were they seen as blasphemous, they were seen as a genuine threat to the power of the clergy, and ultimately the power of Kings. They were asked to leave their native country, England, and decided to suffer the howling wilderness of the New World.

It's been so long ago that nowadays it's difficult to imagine the outrage that the established Church would have had against the Protestants. But it's as if ordinary people were trying to read the mind of God.

My family won, and changed the Church, both Protestant and Catholic. The Bible changed from being something that was locked away to being something that was shared. And the good news flowed again.

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