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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017  |  70 comments
Reformation’s 500th Anniversary: Remembering Martin Luther’s Contribution to Literacy

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's famous 95 Theses, which helped spark the founding of the Reformation and the division of Christianity into Protestantism and Catholicism.

The 95 Theses critiqued the church's sale of indulgences, which Luther regarded as a form of corruption. By Luther's time, indulgences had evolved into payments that were said to reduce punishment for sins. Luther believed that such practices only interfered with genuine repentance and discouraged people from giving to the poor. One of Luther's most important theological contributions was the "priesthood of all believers," which implied that clerics possessed no more dignity than ordinary people.

Less known is the crucial role Luther played in making the case for ordinary people to read often and well. Unlike the papacy and its defenders, who were producing their writings in Latin, Luther reached out to ...


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pennned wrote:
you have encouraged me... even for that it was worth it. Good day to y'll.
Thanks, Penned, my pleasure

"A wise man will hear,
and will increase learning;
a man of understanding
shall attain unto wise counsels" Proverbs 1

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B. McCausland wrote:
Yes, a little of true knowledge goes along way in connecting the dots of the huge picture.
you have encouraged me... even for that it was worth it. Good day to y'll.
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pennned wrote:
Sr BMC, I have been astonished to learn about kabbalism and the beliefs of many Jewish sects, which they believe and are not ashamed of (though we are taught to tell them what they believe, as rude as it is). the disp' teachers hid the bible and world history from my eyes. now the scriptures come alive better.
Yes, a little of true knowledge goes along way in connecting the dots of the huge picture.
It is unwise to believe that the predicament of the banking Jews of Luther's day is totally disconnected from our present reality.
Take care
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John for Jesus wrote:
Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
Revelation 2:4
John for Jesus, I forgive you for your misrepresentations of what I said.

I really like that scripture you referenced.

To remember our first love, which is the cornerstone of our faith, Jesus Christ.

When they tried to build their faith on something else other than Jesus Christ and His (racially blind) salvation for Jew and Gentile, the Lord said they may lose their lampstand.

Sr BMC, I have been astonished to learn about kabbalism and the beliefs of many Jewish sects, which they believe and are not ashamed of (though we are taught to tell them what they believe, as rude as it is). the disp' teachers hid the bible and world history from my eyes. now the scriptures come alive better. Blessings to the followers of the Messiah.

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"They pervert the words *Seid Gott willkommen* [literally, "Be welcome to God"] and say, *Sched wil kem!* which means: "Come, devil," or "There comes a devil." Since we are not conversant with the Hebrew, they can vent their wrath on us secretly"

Throughout history, Jews had been involved with intrigue and dark arts.
It is not for nothing that Christ termed them as children of the devil involved in exorcist arts, (Jh.8:44) & we read of *synagogues of Satan* bothering the early church in Rev.2&3; all false believers as stated in Ac. "they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, *a Jew*, whose name was Barjesus" (Bariēsou=son of Jesus)

Christ had to deal with a religious class very much on line with the
Babylonian Talmudists tradition. This is obvious by observing His remarks when in dialogue with them. However, there was a remnant, as always is, who heard him gladly. To this he warned them to flee when the abomination would come over the holy place, which they did, escaping the destruction of Jerusalem, which fulfilled His words: "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate" Mt.23
Their land remained desolate for over 18 centuries, till the end of the 19th cent. when Austrian Jewish bankers bought plots of land in the area to establish a Jewish nation

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John for Jesus | Atl  Find all comments by John for Jesus
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B. McCausland...

Who needs Jesus when you have Luther? Even when he was dead wrong you explain his sins away.

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
Revelation 2:4

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News Item5/20/17 9:06 AM
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John for Jesus wrote:
Did you miss the part ... "We are at fault for not slaying them"?
... rulers must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure mu... Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them...
If this does not help we must drive them out
Luther appeals to justice *from the rulers* in a time when blasphemy was penalised as a crime

From 'On the Jews and Their Lies':

"They invent many lies about the name of God, the tetragrammaton, saying that our Lord was able to define this name (which they call Schem Hamphoras), and whoever is able to do that, they say, is also able to perform all sorts of miracless ... they rob Jesus of the significance of his name, which in Hebrew means "savior"... But the Jews, in their malice, call him Jesu, which in Hebrew is neither a name nor a word but three letters, like ciphers or numeral letters ... In this manner they use the name Jesu, signifying 316. This number .. is to denote ...the blasphemous word *Vorik* .. they say *Deleatur nomen eius,* which means .. "May God exterminate his name," or ""May all the devils take him"

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Reformation under Luther as well as Luther’s Bible owed a debt to the Waldenses.
Waldensian influence, both from the Waldensian Bibles &from Waldensian relationships, entered into the Authorized Bible.Referring to King James translators, one author speaks of a Waldensian Bible they used:
“It is known that among modern versions they consulted was an Italian, and though no name is mentioned, there cannot be room for doubt that it was the elegant translation made with great ability from the original Scriptures by Giovanni Diodati, which had only recently (1607) appeared at Geneva.”
It is therefore evident that the translators of 1611 had before them four Bibles which had come under Waldensian influence: the Diodati in Italian, the Olivetan in French, the Lutheran in German, and the Genevan in English. We have every reason to believe that they had access to at least six Waldensian Bibles written in the old Waldensian vernacular.
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Luther's Old German Tepl manuscript has an origin different from the version adopted by the RCC- Luther followed Tepl for his translation, which probably is the reason why the Catholic Church reproved Luther for following the Waldenses-the peculiarity of its small size, indicated it a "smuggled bible"- preserving & passing down life giving truth.
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Philip Schaff wrote:
he richest fruit of Luther's leisure in the Wartburg, and the most important and useful work of his whole life, is the translation of the New Testament, by which he brought the teaching and example of Christ and the Apostles to the mind and heart of the Germans in life-like reproduction. It was a republication of the gospel. He made the Bible the people's book in church, school, and house. If he had done nothing else, he would be one of the greatest benefactors of the German-speaking race....

Cochlaeus, the champion of Romanism, paid the translation the greatest compliment when he complained that "Luther's New Testament was so much multiplied and spread by printers that even tailors and shoemakers, yea, even women and ignorant persons who had accepted this new Lutheran gospel, and could read a little German, studied it with the greatest avidity as the fountain of all truth. Some committed it to memory, and carried it about in their bosom. In a few months such people deemed themselves so learned that they were not ashamed to dispute about faith and the gospel not only with Catholic laymen, but even with priests and monks and doctors of divinity." .

--Luther's Bible
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John for Jesus | Atl  Find all comments by John for Jesus
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B. McCausland...

That was to disprove the notion that Luther wanted them killed if they didn't leave?! Did you miss the part where he said, "We are at fault for not slaying them."?

They [rulers] must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure must also be followed in this instance. Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them, as Moses did...
If this does not help we must drive them out like mad dogs.
-Martin Luther (On the Jews and Their Lies)

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John for Jesus wrote:
... exterminating the Jews .. He didn't like the fact that they wouldn't accept the gospel. So kill them, if they don't leave!
From 'On the Jews and their lies'

".. no one is holding them here now. The country and the roads are open for them to proceed to their land whenever they wish. If they did so, we would be glad to present gifts to them on the occasion; it would be good riddance. For they are a heavy burden, a plague, a pestilence, a sheer misfortune for our country. Proof .. is .. the fact that they have .. been expelled forcibly ... they were banished from France (which they call *Tsorfath,* from Obadiah 20), ... Very recently they were banished by our dear Emperor Charles from Spain, the very best nest of all (which they called *Sefarad,* also on the basis of Obadiah). This year they were expelled from the entire Bohemian crownland, where they had one of the best nests, in Prague.
Likewise, during my lifetime they have been driven from Regensburg, Magdeburg, and other place ... We are at fault in not slaying them. Rather we allow them to live freely in our midst despite their murdering, cursing, blaspheming, lying, and defaming, .... we protect and shield their synagogues, houses, life, and property"

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Shelly Neese wrote:
In the earlier years of his life, Martin Luther condemned the Catholic Church for its treatment of the Jews and deemed Jewish obstinacy toward conversion as reasonable given their torturous treatment at the hands of the papacy. In his article “Jesus Christ was born a Jew,” written in 1523, Luther sympathized with Jewish history, saying, “if I had been a Jew and had seen such dolts and blockheads govern and teach the Christian faith, I would sooner have become a hog than a Christian.”

... At some point, Luther even met with Jewish apologists to explain his interpretation of certain Old Testament messianic passages. When they refused to accept his exegesis over their Talmud, Luther refused to ever meet with Jewish leaders again....

When Jewish converts never materialized and Jews were no more inclined to Protestantism than Catholicism, Luther’s views changed radically. A disillusioned Luther became a loudspeaker for the world’s most ancient hatred. He began preaching violent anti-Semitic rants,...

--http://tinyurl.com/k2tr6sv (Martin Luther Revisited)

Interesting article on Luther, well worth reading.

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John for Jesus wrote:
Genocide:
The deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
That is what Luther taught. I will have to go pull out his "Jews..." booklet and give you more specific details, for you to pretend aren't so bad.
I was showing the correlation between what Luther believed and how that has been passed on again because you are a perfect example of that.
You have gone too far, as genocide and denunciation or imprecation differ, which you interchange as valid, without complete understanding of the individual in his own time, context, work and space

Sorry, but proving you have chosen to disregard in a light manner obvious and relevant information presented, may it be stated that only earnest, and respectful contributions of good faith, and clean understanding are furthermore considered

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Genocide:

The deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

That is what Luther taught. I will have to go pull out his "Jews..." booklet and give you more specific details, for you to pretend aren't so bad.

I was showing the correlation between what Luther believed and how that has been passed on again because you are a perfect example of that.

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John for Jesus wrote:
1. .. call for genocide
2. Luther's hatred has been passed on to the Protestant churches.
1. Please, use decency; you are overlapping boundaries of speech. What makes you deduct this about Luther?
2. You seem to lack reading comprehension skills, as this has been treated already.

Fare well

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So the call for genocide is somehow a matter of justice?! Any others you would like to add to the list? Like I said before, Luther's hatred has been passed on to the Protestant churches.
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John for Jesus wrote:
Yeah, let's listen to the hate filled lunatic! I'm sure he was being accurate, lol. Even if he was, Christians are called to love their enemies. Which I think would exclude genocide! But that's just me.
Please, be not conceited in you own undersdanding. History backs his assessments as accurate and correct.
You are adding unwise opinion to the issue out of biblical context, as love and justice do not exclude each other in Scripture.

"Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne:
mercy and truth shall go before thy face." Ps 89

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Yeah, let's listen to the hate filled lunatic! I'm sure he was being accurate, lol. Even if he was, Christians are called to love their enemies. Which I think would exclude genocide! But that's just me.
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John for Jesus wrote:
a bad job
".. their Talmud and their rabbis record that it is no sin for a Jew to kill a Gentile, but it is only a sin for him to kill an .. Israelite. Nor is it a sin for a Jew to break his oath to a Gentile ... they say that it is rendering God a service to steal or rob from a Goy, as they in fact do through their usury. For since they believe that they are the noble blood and the circumcised saints and we the accursed Goyim, Gentiles, they cannot treat us too harshly ... they are steeped in greed, in usury, they steal and murder where they can and ever teach their children to do likewise... Someone may think that I am saying too much. I am not saying too much, but too little- for I see their writings. They curse us Goyim. In their synagogues and in their prayers they wish us every misfortune. They rob us of our money and goods through their usury, and they play on us every wicked trick they can. And the worst of it is that they still claim to have done right and well, that is, to have done God a service ... their rabbis, Talmudists, and Kokhbaites .. they regard as more authoritative than all of Scripture .. they defame our Lord Jesus Christ, calling him a sorcerer and a tool of the devil"
From 'On the Jews and Their lies'
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