Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Today In History - Luther!

I absolutely love the passion of Martin Luther and his calling B.S. on the church in his day. One of my favorite movie portrayals is actor Joseph Fiennes in LUTHER which you can watch on DVD. Struggling with what the Official Church taught and did in the name of God really made him angry and passionate, changing the course of religion and birthed Protestantism. I love the word PROTEST in that, makes the rebel in me grin. Read below - then go watch the movie~!

It was on this date, October 31, 1517, that the Protestant Reformation began in Germany, when 31-year-old Martin Luther posted his 95 theses at Wittenberg Cathedral. That document attacked papal abuses and the sale of offices and indulgences by church officials.

Furthermore, Luther argued several other points:

Luther nails his 95 propositions, or theses,
to the door of All Saints Church, Wittenberg.

• that Christian salvation could be achieved through faith alone — "justification by faith," as it was called — yet faith is a gift from God, not a matter of choice.
• a denial of the doctrine of Purgatory, which is mentioned nowhere in the Bible (the doctrine of the Trinity is also missing from the Bible, but that failed to trouble Luther).
• a denial of the Apostolic Succession, so that there is no intermediary between Man and God.
• an affirmation of the scriptures, and not the church hierarchy, as the final source for doctrine.
• an affirmation of the doctrine of Predestination, that those destined for heaven and for hell were chosen by God without regard for their deeds in life.

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