Daily Archives: 6 Mar 2019
The problem with the ‘if it was ok for ________________’ (insert OT person) argument is that YOU AREN’T _____________!
To be accurate the phrase ‘eternal life’ should only be used in connection with God. God alone is eternal and thus he alone possesses eternal life (i.e., life without beginning or ending).
Humans, on the other hand, can only be said to have ‘everlasting’ life as this means life with a beginning, but no ending.
Hearing Christians talk about their ‘eternal life’ is bothersome as it fails to recognize the distinction between Creator and Creature.
Martin Niemöller wurde am 14. Januar 1892 in Lippstadt geboren. Seit 1933 war er Mitbegründer, führendes Mitglied und kompromissloser Verfechter der Bekennenden Kirche. 1937 wurde er wegen staatsabträglicher Äußerungen und Störung des inneren Friedens verhaftet. 1938 ließ Hitler ihn als seinen persönlichen Gefangenen ins Konzentrationslager Sachsenhausen verschleppen. 1941 wurde er in das Konzentrationslager Dachau verlegt. Während seiner Konzentrationslagerhaft genoss Niemöller hohes Ansehen im Ausland und galt als die Symbolfigur des Widerstands gegen Hitler schlechthin. 1945 wurde er kurz vor der Erschießung durch ein SS-Kommando in Südtirol befreit.
Nach Kriegsende war er von 1945 bis 1956 Leiter des Kirchlichen Außenamts der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland und von 1947 bis 1964 Präsident der Evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau. Außerdem hatte er zahlreiche ökumenische Ämter inne. Niemöller kritisierte scharf die Gründung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und die Wiederbewaffnungspolitik der Bundesregierung unter Konrad Adenauer. Der ehemalige U-Boot-Kommandant wandelte sich zum radikalen Pazifisten und Gegner der Atombewaffnung. Niemöller starb am 6. März 1984 in Wiesbaden.
In seiner berühmten Rede „Der Weg ins Freie“ bekannte Niemöller offen, seiner christlichen Verantwortung gegenüber anderen Verfolgten des nationalsozialistischen Regimes wie Juden und Kommunisten vor seiner Haftzeit nicht gerecht geworden zu sein.
This man is a hero. In every sense of the word.
Luther left the Wartburg on March 1, 1522, arriving at Wittenberg on March 6. One of the first things he did was to preach a series of eight sermons, during the week beginning March 9, in an effort to counteract the extreme reforms which had been forced through by Karlstadt and Gabriel Zwilling. Luther was by no means opposed to reform measures, but he held that they should be brought about by persuasion, not compulsion.*
One of those sermons was on marriage, which Luther commences thusly:
How I dread preaching on the estate of marriage! I am reluctant to do it because I am afraid if I once get really involved in the subject it will make a lot of work for me and for others. The shameful confusion wrought by the accursed papal law has occasioned so much distress, and the lax authority of both the spiritual and the temporal swords has given rise to so many dreadful abuses and false situations, that I would much prefer neither to look into the matter nor to hear of it. But timidity is no help in an emergency; I must proceed. I must try to instruct poor bewildered consciences, and take up the matter boldly.
And then of course he does.
*Luther’s works, vol. 45 : The Christian in Society II p. 13.
The children of God have all the afflictions. The ungodly children of Satan enjoy the highest state of well-being. Everything seems the opposite of what it should be. The godly are maltreated, the ungodly receive gifts. In this vein the flesh blasphemes the work of God. So today we see our word and God’s Word to be futile, everything seems exactly the opposite of what it should be, and then we see God’s work to be unjust.
So God and Satan weary us with masks and external spirits so that we are led to believe that what is of God is Satan, and what is Satan is of God, and then we say in our heart, “I wish I had never been born.” All of us must experience this mood.
All the godly have felt this mood together with Christ, who cried on the cross (Matt. 27:46), “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” or with Jeremiah, who said (Jer. 20:14), “Cursed be the day on which I was born!”*
Yeah that hit the spot…
* Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 17: Lectures on Isaiah: Chapters 40-66, pp. 127–128.
A reforming theologian, Ursinus was born Breslau in 1534 and studied at Wittenberg from 1550 to 1557. He then moved to Geneva for further study and from there took a teaching post in his native city of Breslau. His doctrine of the Lord’s Supper led to his dismissal from Breslau in 1559. But in 1561, thanks to his mentor Peter Martyr Vermigli, received an invitation from Elector Frederick III to come to Heidelberg as director of the theological academy.
It was at Heidelberg that with Caspar Olevianus he made his most notable contribution to church life by drafting the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). He also undertook the defense of the Catechism against Lutheran objections.
From 1562 he added the professorship of dogmatics to his administrative duties and also prepared a new liturgy. Zanchius relieved him the burden of teaching in 1568, but Ursinus became involved in a difficult struggle to bring in a new discipline on the Genevan model (1570). The death of the electtor in 1577 opened the way for Lutheran influences. Ursinus, with Zanchius, move to Neustadt in 1578 and spent his last year there. In addition to his work on the Catechism, he also wrote an important treatise on the Lutheran Book of Concord and did much to promote Peter Martyr’s Loci.*
He died on this date (March 6) in 1583. He is a theological superstar.
- Facsimile Edition of the Heidelberg Catechism (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)