Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bible Verse of the day: Eph. 4:28

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

The Man Who Stood Against Rome

"It vexes me that we must read and learn such shameless, gross, crazy lies in the canon law, and must even hold them for Christian doctrine, when they are devilish lies."

This quote by Martin Luther was made in a proposition to the rulers of Germany in An Open Letter to The Christian Nobility of the German Nation Concerning the Reform of the Christian Estate, 1520.

Yes that is right the year was 1520, and it was around 1529-33 that 100 thousand Germans were killed by the Papal Roman soldiers.

Luther translated the Greek Bible to Latin then to German so that any German could read the New Testament.

Why such a stir over a new Bible in one's native tongue? Well the most obvious reason is that if one could read a Bible translated by Luther who opposed the Roman doctrines one might understand that most of the teachings that Rome was selling as God's Word were nothing but lies.

Much of Luther's work by his own admission was a loose translation of the Latin to German often to fit his own doctrinal beliefs.

Luther made his mark with his scolding of Rome concerning the selling of indulgences. An indulgence was a donation that was made to get time off of ones sentence in Purgatory. It could be used for an Aunt or Uncle, Mother or Father etc. Luther was particularly disgusted with this practice and based much of his famous Thesis on eliminating this practice. There is a saying that I was reminded of when I was recently watching a movie about Luther called "Luther" I highly recommend the film to you.

"As the coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs". This reduces it to what it really was, a sham to rob the people of their money.

Today we are faced with many lies about what the scriptures say, and only because we can all read the Bible the lies are more subtle and seemingly more harmless. Lies are lies nevertheless and we must be on guard to keep fast the Word in our hearts and let no man beguile us of our reward.

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