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Wikipedia Summary for Martin Luther

Martin Luther, (German: [ˈmaʁtiːn ˈlʊtɐ]; 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, priest, author, composer, Augustinian monk, and a seminal figure in the Reformation. Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; in particular, he disputed the view on indulgences. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.

Luther taught that salvation and, consequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God's grace through the believer's faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority and office of the pope by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge, and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with these, and all of Luther's wider teachings, are called Lutherans, though Luther insisted on Christian or Evangelical (German: evangelisch) as the only acceptable names for individuals who professed Christ.

His translation of the Bible into the German vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible to the laity, an event that had a tremendous impact on both the church and German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the writing of an English translation, the Tyndale Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in Protestant churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora, a former nun, set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant clergy to marry.

In two of his later works, Luther expressed antagonistic, violent views towards Jews and called for the burnings of their synagogues and their deaths. His rhetoric was not directed at Jews alone but also towards Roman Catholics, Anabaptists, and nontrinitarian Christians. Luther died in 1546 with Pope Leo X's excommunication still in effect.

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To have peace and love in a marriage is a gift that is next to the knowledge of the gospel.

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God has set the type of marriage everywhere throughout the creation. Every creature seeks its perfection in another. The very heavens and earth picture it to us.

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A mighty fortress is our God , A sword and shield victorious ; He breaks the cruel oppressors rod And wins salvation glorious .

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Faith is a living and unshakable confidence. a belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.

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Sinners are attractive because they are loved; they are not loved because they are attractive.

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I always loved music; whoso has skill in this art is of good temperament, fitted for all things. We must teach music in
schools; a schoolmaster ought to have skill in music, or I would not regard him.

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The Holy Spirit is no skeptic. He has written neither doubt nor mere opinion into our hearts, but rather solid assurances, which are more sure and solid than all experience and even life itself.

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Christian life consists of faith and charity.

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A good servant is a real godsend, but truly this is a rare bird in the land.

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An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.

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Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.

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In our sad condition our only consolation is the expectancy of another life. Here below all is incomprehensible.

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There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.

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A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.

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Sin cannot tear you away from him Christ even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders.

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Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.

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My temptations have been my masters in divinity.

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We are but the instruments or assistants, by whom God works.

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If the earth is fit for laughter then surely heaven is filled with it. Heaven is the birthplace of laughter.

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The confidence that God is mindful of the individual is of tremendous value in dealing with the disease of fear, for it gives us a sense of worth, of belonging, and of at homeness in the universe.

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Dearest Jesus, holy child, make thee a bed, soft, undefiled, within my heart, that it may be a quiet chamber kept for thee.

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Forgiveness is God's command.

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Sheep, cattle, men-servants were all possessions to be sold as it pleased their masters. It were a good thing were it still so. For else no man may compel nor tame the servile folk.

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A Christian is never in a state of completion but always in a process of becoming.

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What the situation will be like in the world before the Lord returns, namely, Christ will be despised, and the preachers of the Gospel will be regarded as fools.

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God may delay, but He always comes.

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Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have always received more than I asked for. God may delay, but He always comes.

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What shall we do with...the Jews?...their homes also should be razed and destroyed.

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I do not admit that my doctrine can be judged by anyone.

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What man, if he were God, would humble himself to lie in the feedbox of a donkey or to hang upon a cross?

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The truth is mightier than eloquence, the Spirit greater than genius, faith more than education.

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How rich a God our God is! He gives enough, but we don't notice it. He gave the whole world to Adam, but this was nothing in Adam's eyes; he was concerned about one tree and had to ask why God had forbidden him to eat it.

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What is sought by means of free choice is to make room for merits.

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I frankly confess that even if it were possible I should not wish to have free choice given to me, or to have anything left in my own hands by which I might strive for salvation.

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The inner man cannot be forced to do out of his own free will, what he should do, except the grace of God change the heart and make it willing.

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The forces of good and evil are working within and around me, I must choose, and in a free will universe I do have a choice.

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The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.

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A man cannot do good before he is made good.

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He who receives a sacrament does not perform a good work; he receives a benefit. In the mass we give Christ nothing; we only receive from Him.

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Not only the adoration of images is idolatry, but also trust in one's own righteousness, works and merits, and putting confidence in riches and power. As the latter is the commonest, so it also is the most noxious.

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Some indeed have invented outrageous lies about the Turks in order to stir up us Germans against them, but there is no need for lies; the truth is all too great.

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For hardly any of the ecclesiastical writers have handled the Divine Scriptures more ineptly and absurdly than Origen and Jerome.

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This new subterfuge is, of course, calculated to deceive the simple and innocent into thinking that the matter is settled.

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A prince is venison in heaven.

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What more scoundrelly trick could you have played on us?

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You see, however, which is called the Court of Rome, and which neither you nor any man can deny to be more corrupt than any Babylon or Sodom, and quite, as I believe, of a lost, desperate and hopeless impiety.

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Rome, who was formerly the gate of heaven, is now a sort of open mouth of hell.

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I owe you a small thanks, for you have made me far more sure of my own position by letting me see the case for free choice put forward with all the energy of so distinguished and powerful a mind, but with no other effect than to make things worse than before.

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If I had to baptise a Jew, I would take him to the bridge of the Elbe, hang a stone around his neck and push him over with the words 'I baptise thee in the name of Abraham'.

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Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless thinking and vain idolatry.

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It is not our work, but God's gift, that we now hate ourselves and our sinful lusts and follow after love.

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Virtually the whole of the scriptures and the understanding of the whole of theology--the entire Christian life, even--depends upon the true understanding of the law and the gospel.

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Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him. In Hebrew, Be silent in God, and let Him mould thee. Keep still, and He will mould thee to the right shape.

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I would rather obey than work miracles.

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May the Lord fill you with His blessings and with hatred of the Pope.

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After the devil himself, there is no worse folk than the pope and his followers.

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Great thieves go Scott-free, as the Pope and his crew.

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A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd. He must nourish, defend, and teach; he must have teeth in his mouth, and be able to bite and fight.

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A preacher should have the skill to teach the unlearned simply roundly, and plainly; for teaching is of more importance than exhorting.

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It is neither safe nor prudent to do anything against conscience.

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God is not a God of sadness, death, etc., but the devil is. Christ is a God of joy, and so the Scriptures often say that we should rejoice ... A Christian should and must be a cheerful person.

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Let Christ's righteousness and grace, not yours, be your refuge.

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What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good.

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Our bodies are always exposed to Satan. The maladies I suffer are not natural, but Devil's spells.

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The quest for glory can never be satisfied, it must be extinguished.

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Women should remain at home, sit still, and bear children.

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In a delightful garden, sowing, planting or digging are not hardship but are done with a zeal and a certain pleasure.

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I compare it with a lie, which like to a snowball, the longer it is rolled the greater it becomes.

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Divinity consists in use and practice, not in speculation.

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And though this world with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.

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To do so no more is the truest repentance.

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Why do you rant and brag with such a spate of words, as if you wanted to overwhelm me with a sort of tempest and deluge of oratory-which nevertheless falls with the greater force on your own head, while my ark rides aloft in safety?

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The bible is a remarkable fountain: the more one draws and drinks of it, the more it stimulates thirst.

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Exhort your household to learn the Ten Commandments word for word, that they should obey God…For if you teach and urge your families things will go forward.

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Against the flying ball no valor avails.

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If you could understand a single grain of wheat you would die of wonder.

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Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed so is the body.

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It is impossible for one man both to labor day and night to get a living, and at the same time give himself to the study of sacred learning as the preaching office requires.

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The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them out of clay.

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We may search long to find where God is, but we shall find Him in those who keep the words of Christ. For the Lord Christ saith, If any man love me, he will keep my words; and we will make our abode with him.

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Earth has nothing more tender than a woman's heart when it is the abode of piety.

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Adam and Eve derived the fullness of joy and bliss from their contemplation of all the animal creatures.

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Antichrist is the pope and the Turk Muslim together. A beast full of life must have a body and soul. The spirit or soul of Antichrist is the pope, his flesh or body the Turk.

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Personally I declare that I owe the Pope no other obedience than that to Antichrist.

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Without armaments peace cannot be kept; wars are waged not only to repel injustice but also to establish a firm peace.

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