Sunday, December 2, 2007

Treasures of Lutheranism in denominational context, part I

My 100th post! The Bible study today (for the catechumens) was just as good as the sermon and explains nicely why I am a Lutheran.

You don't know something until you can distinguish it from something else. "Battle of [for?] the Bible" (1970s) = arguments whether the Bible is verbally inspired and inerrant, or not. Remember: the original manuscripts were inspired, and the ones we have today are NOT corrupted, just copied doggone well.

Liberal theologians disregard smaller miracles (like Jonah and the large fish--not a whale!) while claiming belief in the most incredible miracle: Jesus, virgin-born, dying for the sins of the world.

Treasure 1: Scripture truth. The Bible is verbally inspired (see above) and inerrant. Words carry truth, not "impact," "emotion," etc. Modern culture does not accept this. 2 Peter 1:21.

Treasure 2: Christocentrism. Scripture, doctrine, and life are all centered around Christ. 1 Cor. 1:23. Worship none other. Not generic spirituality. More key than the glory of God. Neither is the Bible about good parenting, say. ("10 Steps To ...")

Treasure 3: Sacramental. Sacraments forgive sins (e.g. 1 Peter 3:21). Body and blood of Christ are truly present in the Lord's Supper. American Evangelicals say that sacraments turn people off... Liberal Lutherans are ritual-heavy because it's the only thing they have left.

More next week!


Aurora said...

Beautiful post, Hannah. I like your uncompromising faith in the Bible. You must be going to an excellent church.

Aurora said...

I like this:
Liberal Lutherans are ritual-heavy because it's the only thing they have left.

Your church sounds a bit like mine. Ritual replaced by relationship.

Hannah said...

Thanks, Aurora!

My church does have rituals too. However, they are made meaningful by having God's Word attached to them.