Monday, January 16, 2017

Thank you, Martin Luther; Thank you, Martin Luther King!

Martin Luther King, Jr.  truly lived up to his namesake . . . King turned the world upside down with his dream, his protest against segregation and racism . . .  as did Martin Luther who began a religious protest against the control of the Roman Catholic Church, a protest which we know today as the origin of the Protestant movement.

Although many young folks today know of Martin Luther King, very few know about his namesake: Martin Luther. The Protestant practice of individuals reading the Bible to learn God's plan for His people (God's people, not Martin Luther's people) was initiated by Martin Luther.

Marash Girl was brought up hearing often about Martin Luther, but rather than repeat her father's teachings, Marash Girl quotes from Wikipedia (below):
Martin Luther (/ˈlθər/;[1] German: [ˈmaɐ̯tiːn ˈlʊtɐ]; 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk[2] and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.
Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money, proposing an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles Vat the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlawby the Emperor.
Luther taught that salvation and, subsequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God's grace through the believer's faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority and office of the Pope by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God[3] and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood.[4] Those who identify with these, and all of Luther's wider teachings, are called Lutherans, though Luther insisted on Christian or Evangelical as the only acceptable names for individuals who professed Christ.
His translation of the Bible into the vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible to the laity, an event that had a tremendous impact on both the church and German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation,[5] and influenced the writing of an English translation, the Tyndale Bible.[6] His hymns influenced the development of singing in Protestant churches.[7] His marriage to Katharina von Bora, a former nun, set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant clergy to marry.[8]


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