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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.
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Religion, Theology, Theism, Conceptions of God, Jewish theology, Christian philosophy, God, Singular God, Puritans, Anne Bradstreet, God in Judaism, God in Christianity
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