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Martin Luther: Master of Paradoxes


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2 hours ago, phkrause said:

Martin Luther: Master of Paradoxes

Here's some context to Luther's comment about God becoming a devil: 

"Peter says truthfully (2 Peter 1:19) that the Word is like a lamp shining in a dark place. Most certainly it is a dark place! God’s faithfulness and truth always must first become a great lie before it becomes truth. The world calls this truth heresy. And we, too, are constantly tempted to believe that God would abandon us and not keep His Word; and in our hearts He begins to become a liar. In short, God cannot be God unless He first becomes a devil. We cannot go to heaven unless we first go to hell. We cannot become God’s children until we first become children of the devil. All that God speaks and does the devil has to speak and do first. And our flesh agrees. Therefore it is actually the Spirit who enlightens and teaches us in the Word to believe differently. By the same token the lies of this world cannot become lies without first having become truth. The godless do not go to hell without first having gone to heaven. They do not become the devil’s children until they have first been the children of God."

Luther, M. (1999). Luther’s works, vol. 14: Selected Psalms III. (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald, & H. T. Lehmann, Eds.) (Vol. 14, p. 31). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

Luther's "paradoxical" style was  typical of the academic climate of the day. The Heidelberg Disputation was delivered to a select group of academic types in a format with which they were familiar. Luther's sermons were not delivered in this manner. They were intended to present Christ as a source of salvation rather than an object of contention.

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On 4/16/2022 at 8:51 AM, phkrause said:

A interesting article in the AR

Ph, Sometimes it's just easier to admit that Luther wrote some strange things. I try to focus on the obviously good things he wrote. Thanks for bringing that article to our attention

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