WHAT WAS THEIR VIEW OF GOD

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That he was very near, very angry, and played favorites.

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Puritans feared and revered god, and were psychotic about taking the Bible seriously.

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Puritans feared God and believed that he was an angry and punishing God and so they did their best to appease Him with their lifestyle (and do good). The Puritans believed that God chose only certain people (the "elect") to be saved and go to Heaven but that no one knew if they were saved or not, so they all tried to do good deeds on the pretense that there was a slight chance that they could reach salvation.

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Puritans believed that everything in their lives should be a reflection of God; they strived to be god-like and holy. Because of this they were very strict and quick to judge all "sinful" actions publicly. This public display of humiliation was a way to keep the rest of the colony in line with the Bible and living a very religious life.