Drinking Deeply

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 10:10 PM

Quotes from Luther

Shamelessly ripped from the latest pyromaniacs post.
It is a sin and shame not to know our own book or to understand the speech and words of our God; it is a still greater sin and loss that we do not study languages, especially in these days when God is offering and giving us men and books and every facility and inducement to this study, and desires his Bible to be an open book. O how happy the dear fathers would have been if they had our opportunity to study the languages and come thus prepared to the Holy Scriptures! What great toil and effort it cost them to gather up a few crumbs, while we with half the labor— yes, almost without any labor at all—can acquire the whole loaf! O how their effort puts our indolence to shame.
And from the 95 Theses

1. When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said "Repent," He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

3. Yet its meaning is not restricted to repentance in one's heart; for such repentance is null unless it produces outward signs in various mortifications of the flesh.

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Blogger Mike Cheng said...

Is it necessarily a sin not to study the languages of the Bible? I mean, it's the job of the entire church as a whole to discover what the Bible teaches, and I'm not sure if God calls every Christian to study Greek and Hebrew. Maybe I'm just taking Luther's quote out of context.  

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Blogger mxu said...

You're right, it's not a sin to not study the languages.

Luther was speaking into the time where knowledge of the Bible in the vernacular was unheard of. Even the priests knew little to nothing of Latin, Greek, or Hebrew, yet somehow were claiming authority.

I think his rebuke is directed specifically at the priests.  

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