One of my favourite words in the Bible

but 2In a little village in Germany in 1483 Martin Luther was born.  Martin Luther was, under God, the instigator and one of the biggest drivers of the protestant reformation in Europe – with its subsequent break from the Roman Catholic Church.  By the 15th Century Roman Catholicism was dominant religion in Europe. After school Luther went on to university and studied law.  He decided to become a monk in one of the strictest orders in the Catholic Church.  Priests taught Luther and the general public that one could save yourself by prayer, fasting and penance.  The result being that Luther’s teachers were wearied by constant prayers, fasting and penance! Luther later wrote: “If ever a monk got to heaven by his monkery, it was I”. Yet he faced a long spiritual crisis, anxiously anguishing over how sinful man can come to a holy God. Luther finally experienced great joy and his eyes were opened to understand a radical, biblical truth. He wrote later, “I felt myself to be reborn, and to have gone through open doors to paradise.” What happened? What truth did he grasp?

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