HIS HW#5 - Briana Ramirez Professor Salhi History 101-004 22nd April 2017 Discussion questions 14.4 1 According to Luther what is faith and where does

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Briana RamirezProfessor SalhiHistory 101-00422nd, April 2017Discussion questions 14.41.According to Luther, what is faith and where does it come from?According to Luther, faith is spiritual and does not necessarily consist of complying with all of the church’s orders and teachings. It comes from the soul that has experienced the wonders of faith through adversity. Faith prompts goodness out of people not through obligation but by pure devotion. It is more so about trusting the promises of God and the merits that come with Christ. Faith is an experience that gives the faithful a great taste of strength. Luther also said, “It is impossible to write well about it or to understand what has been written about it unless one hasat one time or another experienced the courage which faith gives a man when trials oppress him”(Lualdi 288). Faith was something Luther did not feel, even though he was a monk soon to be priest. While in the Catholic Church, Luther never felt the taste of strength aforementioned. Faithcomes from God; it is like a “spring of water welling up to eternal life” (Lualdi 288).2.How can an individual Christian become a “new man” through such faith?An individual Christian can become a “new man” by following his inner faith and not theexternal one, because the external one has no influence on the inner men. According to Luther, “it does not help the soul if the body is adorned with scared robes of priests or dwells in sacred places… (Lualdi 288). It is true what Luther said, because if we think about it, no matter what
you do on the outside of your body or around your life, your inner man will not be influenced to become better and more faithful men. Humans are essentially two fold in their nature: the inner and outer. The inner, also referred to as the “new man” consists of a person’s soul while the outeris merely flesh. Luther argues that “no external thing has any influence in producing Christian righteousness or freedom…” (Lualdi 288), furthermore asserting that no amount of religious clothing or rituals an individual attends to will facilitate divinity. There is nothing the flesh can do hence to become a “new man”, the soul must accept the Word of God and trust in him in all circumstances3.By defining faith alone as essential to salvation, in what ways does Luther under-mine basic Catholic teachings?By defining faith alone as essential to salvation, Luther undermines basic Catholic teachings by stating in his writings some of the teachings the Apostles and God taught. He pointsout those teachings specifically because most of the Catholics especially the Church priests and Popes have adored, and idolatry figures not mentioned in the bible. If the word of God is present in the teachings of faith, he who hears Gods words will be blesses with; joy, liberty, freedom, life, power, grace, glory and many more blessings. Luther undermines basic Catholic teachings through his fundamental idea that faith, no work is suffice in bringing salvation to Christians.

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