Tyler Baynard English 12
Mrs. Moyer 9/28/2014
The Crucible Then & Now
The Ten Commandments. Every modern christian, islamic, or jewish man and woman know what they are, but do they really know what they are? The Puritans, a group of early religious settlers, knew exactly what the commandments were, and they played a major part in their everyday lives. The two groups are different in a multitude ways for instance.
One of the many ways that modern day christians and those of the Puritan era are different are their morals. In Puritan times they would live by the bible. If one did anything that was perceived as un-christian, he or she would be seen as an unregenerate, and he or she would be bound to hell. Today people don’t fear God to the point of social discrimination or exilement. Today we do everything the commandments forbid. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. ( Exodus 20:17)”. Today we call this jealousy, and it is something that everyone experiences in his lifetime. “ Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)”. From a modern standpoint, you hear about people cheating on each other every other day.
The modern day's morals are completely different. Morals today are based on what society thinks as a whole, and not biased on what the church believes one should do. Now the church still plays a part of society ,and it still has followers ; however, it does not have the power it once had. As I had stated previously the church had complete control over how the Puritans lived their lives ,but today people are more realistic. We now hear stories daily on the news of how somebody was killed ,or we hear about how someone was robbed for all that he or she had ,and then society just blows it off like nothing ever happened in the first place.