What Does it Mean to Break the First Commandment?

In light of the inclination of so many far right fundamentalists to blame things like earthquakes and hurricanes on human wickedness, I offer for your reading pleasure and edification, Martin Luther’s explanation of what it means to break the first commandment.  Particularly relevant is the bold faced segment.

What It Means to Break the Commandments

Breaking the First

Whoever tries to do away with trouble by witchcraft, by the black arts, or by an alliance with the devil.
Whoever uses [magic] writings, signs, herbs, words, spells, and the like.
Whoever uses divining rods, travels by a magic cloak, or steals milk, uses incantations to find treasure, resorts to crystal-gazing.
Whoever governs his life and work according to certain days, celestial signs, and the advice of fortune-tellers [Lev. 20:6].
Whoever uses certain incantations as blessings and charms against danger from wolves, sword, fire, or water to protect himself, his cattle, his children, and any kind of property.
Whoever ascribes any bad luck or unpleasantness to the devil or to evil persons and does not, in a spirit of love and praise, accept both evil and good as coming from God alone [Phil. 4:11], responding to God with gratitude and willing submission.
Whoever tempts God and exposes himself to unnecessary danger to body [Luke 4:12] and soul.
Whoever shows arrogance because of his piety, knowledge, or other spiritual gifts.
Whoever honors God and the saints only to gain some temporal advantage, forgetting the needs of his soul.
Whoever does not trust and rely upon God’s mercy at all times and in everything he does.
Whoever doubts the Creed or God’s mercy.
Whoever does not defend others against unbelief and doubt or does not do all in his power to help them believe and trust in God’s mercy.
Here belongs every kind of doubt, despair, and false belief.   — Martin Luther

Obviously Pat Robertson and his ilk don’t realize that they are, by making the claims they do, nothing more than idolaters and false teachers.

2 thoughts on “What Does it Mean to Break the First Commandment?

  1. Well, well, that is interesting.

    I don’t know about you, but every single time there is a natural disaster, I await the: “It’s God’s judgement” type comment and it always comes, right on cue.

    And what does this type of comment do for the Gospel? Nothing but damage in my opinion.


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