What Is Martin Luther's Examination Of The Greed

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“Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.” Martin Luther was a man who knew that no man could be perfect. Luther dedicated his life to studying and practicing Christianity. Martin Luther believed that no man or church had the authority to judge or save a person from sin and that the duty fell to God, and God alone. Luther’s teachings were staunchly against the concept of indulgences created by the Roman Catholic Church to make money and support the church. The idea that God’s mind could be made up by any earthly amount of money and the papal decree was ridiculous to Luther. According to Luther God is not some man made structure that can be controlled by pushing the buttons the right way, God is totally autonomous and…show more content…
Humans are now able to develop and maintain this relationship with God. What exactly should this relationship look like? According to Luther our relationship with God should be one that is respectful and dependent on God. The Small Catechism’s examination of The Creed provides examples of this, “I believe that God has made me and all creatures… and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true,” (Luther 15). Humans must know and admit to the fact that they are the creation of God, and that this should be honored above all things. This shows that God is all powerful and humans must recognize and respect that. The Lord’s Prayer also shows outright respect to God with its First Petition. The First Petition state “Hallowed be Thy name,” and Luther explains that “God’s name is indeed holy in itself; but we pray in this petition that it may become holy among us also,” (Luther “Small Catechism” 19). It must be respected that God is holy above all other things and this must be

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