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From the beginning of mans very existence he has desired to have a relationship with God The Bible tells us in Genesis that God ceated man because he wanted someone to love Him because he could not because he had to Gods word also tells us that Gods wish is for all believers to love one another rather than fight amongst themselves Dispite What Gods wishes are throughout history we find that many different battles and persecutions have taken place over religion In the next few pages we will look at some of these different religions that were around at the time of the birth of our country The great United States The early 16th century is where we shall start The religions that we will be looking at are the Puritans Quakers Catholics and the Jews First lets look at the Puritans The early settlers came to the new world in search of a home where they could worship God in a manner that they wanted without the persecutions that they faced in their home lands The Puritans were just like any other religious group They wanted to create a new existence in America different from what they had known in England In England the puritans faced persecution oppression and torment simply because they believed differently from the Anglican Church and English society and government Their goal was to find a land where they were free to practice their beliefs without the constant torment and America was just the place for which they were searching The puritans looked at America in much the same way that the Israelites looked at the promised land They simply had to posses it However when they arrived they turned into the very element of persecution from which they escaped not only did they segregate their religion but they also refused to allow other groups attain the same religious freedom they too had so badly sought
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