Steve Duane
Section 6

The concept of God is one that has intrigued and inspired the

mind of man down through the ages. From generation to generation,

and from culture to culture, this concept has evolved in keeping with

man’s growing understanding of himself and his world. In learning

about other peoples’ concept of God, we may sometimes come to a

greater understanding of our own, such was the case in our studies of

other cultures’ idea of an afterlife.

The Native Americans held a natural concept of God. They

connected with their God through a serene sense of self-being. Like in

the Walum Olum creation story, nature is intertwined with the

intangible thought of a higher form of life. The Native Americans

explained phenomena in nature that they did not understand with

tales of religion, and their gods.

The Puritans, who left their old home in England to become

closer to God in a distraction-free environment, held a strict view of

God. The Puritans believed that everything that happened was an act

of God and happened to benefit them. This belief is shown in the

poem by Anne Bradstreet, “Upon the Burning of Our House.” She calls

God, “The one that gives and takes.” Also in her poem “My Dear and

Loving Husband” she conveys her feelings of holy love to her husband

and how she’d take her husband over anything else in the world.

I hold a different view of God than both of these groups. I feel

that God is everywhere that I am. I feel that I can talk to him

whenever I need to and he will help me in my times of need. I don’t

think that God wants us to change our whole way of life just to please

Him. I believe that if we do good in life, make the best of it, and

keep the faith in Him than we will be rewarded.