Jan. 1, 2013 AD
Prophet on Catholics
Satan on Jews?
the Prophet of God
Talk to any Lutheran and you may very well be told that Martin Luther was the greatest religious thinker since Christ -- a modern-day prophet of God.
Luther was the most widely read author of his generation, and he acquired the status of a prophet within Germany
"Martin Luther called out the evils in the Catholic Church and proved its illegitimacy", they will say.
Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin.
Hence, the "good deed" of "an indulgence", to help pay for the building of St. Peter's Cathedral, in return for "forgiveness of sin" was an affront to God's grace.
An especially potent point when the Papacy at the time had been corrupted by the utterly corrupt Medici family of Italy, who were trying to build a religious palace better fit for a king, than fit for the God who sent himself to mankind as a humble poor child born in a manger.
A Christ who gave the gift of sight, water into wine, ability to walk, return of Lazarus's life, and even eternal salvation - while only asking for their worship and love in return.
It is arguable whether Luther was theologically right or not, but there can no doubt that corrupt members of the Catholic Church were sorely abusing the good deeds
, freely given out of a loving admiration of God, side of their argument, versus the forced deeds
, like indulgences which the Church was insisting upon as a minimum payment for the forgiveness of your sins.
It was a great starting point Luther made and the Roman Catholic Church did clean up its act in the Counter-Reformation.
In ordinary times, this monk would have started a new order of Monks, but such would not be the case.
He would start a new religion instead!
The Lucifer against God
The fact of the matter is that Martin Luther gave far more damming condemnation of Judaism than he ever said against Catholicism.
For instance, Luther was hardly an inclusive and tolerant lover of Jews, if he lived in a community who segregated themselves from Jews because they felt Jews were guilty of the unrepentant murder of Christ.
Luther rarely encountered Jews during his life, but his attitudes reflected a theological and cultural tradition which saw Jews as a rejected people guilty of the murder of Christ, and he lived within a local community that had expelled Jews some ninety years earlier.
If you think challenging the payment of indulgences to be an earth-shattering challenge to theological thinking, how about challenging the Jews for rejecting Christ's divinity altogether?
Luther considered the Jews blasphemers and liars because they rejected the divinity of Jesus, whereas Christians believed Jesus was the Messiah.
Contrary to most Christians today, Luther did not consider unbelieving Jews to be God's chosen people anymore but worst. Would any of today's Christians, nay Lutherans, want to say that Martin Luther was not a Christian for this religious belief?
Luther argued that the Jews were no longer the chosen people but "the devil's people": he referred to them with violent, vile language
Just to be sure that we are not misunderstood about how Martin Luther really felt about the Jews, there is this.
Luther advocated setting synagogues on fire, destroying Jewish prayerbooks, forbidding rabbis from preaching, seizing Jews' property and money, and smashing up their homes, so that these "poisonous envenomed worms" would be forced into labour or expelled "for all time". In Robert Michael's view, Luther's words "We are at fault in not slaying them" amounted to a sanction for murder.
Luther's "recommendations" for how to treat the Jews was a clear reference to the "sharp mercy" of Deuteronomy 13, the punishments prescribed by Moses for those who led others to "false gods
In fact, Kristallnacht was nothing more than Luther's recommendations to the Germans on how they should treat Jews and there can be no coincidence that Kristallnacht occurred on Martin Luther's birthday.
"On 10 November 1938, [Kristallnacht], on Luther's birthday, the synagogues are burning in Germany."
Indeed, Lutherans were so convinced Luther was right, they voted for Hitler in greater numbers than did Catholics, thus defeating the common misconception and diversion that Hitler was born Catholic and that the Catholic Pope was Hitler's biggest fan.
According to Professor Dick Geary, the Nazis won a larger share of the vote in Protestant than in Catholic areas of Germany in elections of 1928 to November 1932.
Now, if these same devout Lutherans of today are asked if their beloved and respected Martin Luther was right about calling out the evils of Judaism, they will throw you out of their church and shun you.
Or they will apologize and tell you how wrong he was in talking about Jews. "He was old, sick and senile, by that time". they will tell you.
Might even try to say that, "Satan had defeated and entered Martin Luther's soul"
I just don't understand how Luther can be God's prophet on one hand and God's arch-nemesis Lucifer on the other hand.
Is this the way God reveals divine authority to a Lutheran?
Needless to say, Lutherans today have totally rejected everything Luther had to say when speaking of the non-Christian religion of Judaism, while still embracing his hatred of the Christian religion of Catholicism.
Since the 1980s, Lutheran Church denominations have repudiated Martin Luther's statements against the Jews and have rejected the use of them to incite hatred against Lutherans.
The real story
With the defeat of Germany in two World Wars, the last one being where Jews defeated an anti-SeaMite Hitler, can there be any doubt in anyone's mind that the real reason Luther is still allowed to be revered for splitting the Christian community into Lutheran and Roman Catholic factions; while at the same time, can be allowed to be so reviled for being an anti-SeaMite; is precisely because the Jews want it that way?
And much the same can be said about Calvin's anti-SeaMite views as well.
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