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ON FAITH

Faith can put a candle in the darkest night.
--MARGARET SANGSTER (1838–1912)

Faith does not mean believing without evidence. It means believing in realities that go beyond sense and sight—for which a totally different sort of evidence is required.
--JOHN BAILLIE (1741–1806)

A Christian who walks by faith accepts all circumstances from God. He thanks God when everything goes good, when everything goes bad, and for the “blues” somewhere in-between. He thanks God whether he feels like it or not.
--ERWIN W. LUTZER (1941– )

Beware of worshiping Jesus as the Son of God and professing your faith in him as the Savior of the world, while you blaspheme him by the complete evidence in your daily life that he is powerless to do anything in and through you.
--OSWALD CHAMBERS (1874–1917)

Christian faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows. Standing without, you see no glory, nor can imagine any. But standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors.
--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE (1804–1864)

Luther, Martin (1483-1546)

The “Father of the Protestant Reformation.” Luther was a monk in Germany who became convinced that the doctrines of the church were not consistent with the Bible. In particular, he felt that the church ignored the biblical teaching of justification through faith by grace. In 1517 he posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church. In this document he set forth his disagreements with the Roman authorities in the church, particularly with regard to the sale of Indulgenses. His rallying cries became ‘by faith alone’, ‘by grace alone’, and ‘only the Scriptures’. By ‘by faith alone’ he meant that a person could be saved only through faith, not by indulgences granted by the church. In 1520 he was exconnunicated by Pope Leo X, and in 1521 he received a hearing before an imperial diet in Worms. He was asked to recant his teachings, but he refused, saying, “Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”

One of his great contributions to the Protestant movement was his translation of the Bible into German. This helped establish a precedent of translating the Bible into the common language of the people. The Luther translation is used to this day in Germany, and it has had an effect on German culture and language similar to that of the King James Version in English. Luther’s followers came to be known as Lutherans, and his teaching formed the foundation for the Lutheran churches.


 
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