Which branch of Christianity based on the great efforts and teachings of Martin Luther ?
The teachings of Martin Luther:
“Know, 0 adored Christ, and make no mistake, that aside from the Devil, you have no enemy more venomous, more desperate, more bitter, than a true Jew who truly seeks to be a Jew... a Jew, a Jewish heart, are hard as wood, as stone, as iron, as the Devil himself. In short, they are children of the Devil, condemned to the flames of hell.”
“O Lord, I am too feeble to mock such devils. I would do so, but they are much stronger than I in raillery, and they have a God who is a past master in this art; He is called the devil and the wicked spirit.. They have transformed God into the devil, or rather into a servant of the Devil, accomplishing all the evil the Devil desires, corrupting unhappy souls , and raging against himself: in short, the Jews are worse than the devils.”
“What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews? First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honour of God and of Christianity, in order that God may see that we are true Christians. Secondly, their homes should be likewise broken down and destroyed. Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayerbooks and talmuds in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught. Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threats of death to teach anymore.”
“Now whoever wishes to accept venomous serpents, desperate enemies of the lord, and to honor them, to let himself be robbed, pillaged, corrupted and cursed by them, need only turn to the Jews. If this is not enough for him, he can do more: crawl up into their...... and worship the sanctuary, so as to glorify himself afterwards for having been merciful, for having fortified the Devil and his children, in order to blaspheme our beloved lord and the precious blood that has redeemed us. He will then be a perfect Christian, filled with works of mercy, for which Christ will reward him on the-day of judgment with the eternal fire of hell (where he will roast together with the Jews).”
“In truth, the Jews, being foreigners, should possess nothing, and what they do possess should be ours.”
“...Cursed goy that I am, I cannot understand how they manage to be so skillful, unless I think that when Judas Iscariot hanged himself, his guts burst and emptied. Perhaps the Jews sent their servants with plates of silver and pots of gold to gather up Judas’ piss with the other treasures, and then they ate and drank his offal, and thereby acquired eyes so piercing that they discover in the scriptures commentaries that neither Matthew nor Isaiah himself found there, not to mention the rest of us cursed goyim..”
“If I find a Jew to baptize, I shall lead him to the Elbe bridge, hang a stone around his neck, and push him into the water, baptizing him with the name of Avraham!.. I cannot convert the Jews. Our lord Christ did not succeed in doing so; but I can close their mouths so that there will be nothing for them to do but to lie upon the ground.”
“I hope I shall never be so stupid as to be circumcised; I would rather cut off the left breast of my Catherine and of all women.”
“If we are to remain unsullied by the blasphemy of the Jews and not wish to take part in it, we must be separated from them and they must be driven out of the country.”
These anti-semitic words uttered by popes, priests, pastors and laymen, were put into action by unruly Christian mobs and later by Hitler’s followers.
Right up to Hitler:
“I believe that I am today acting according to the purposes of the Almighty Creator. In resisting the Jew, I am fighting the Lord’s battle.”
To the German Christians under Hitler:
Paul Althaus, a Lutheran theologian of renown in Germany, warmly greeted the rise of Hitler. He wrote that, “The Protestant churches have greeted the political turning point as a gift and miracle of God”.. (“Die deutsche Stunde der Kirche,” p.5)
Many times Althaus explained to Christians his preference for the Third Reich over the former Weimar Republic. “We Christians know,” he stated, “that we are bound by God’s will to the promotion of National Socialism, so that all members of the people will be ready for service and sacrifice.” (“Kirche and Staat,” p. 29)
In a document signed by many Christian theologians it was stated, “We as believing Christians thank God our Father that he has given to our people in its time of need the Fuhrer as a pious and faithful sovereign, and that he wants to prepare for us in the National Socialist system of government, good rule, a government with discipline and honor. Accordingly, we know that we are responsible before God to assist the work of the Fuhrer in our calling and in our station in life.”. (“Ansbacher Ratschlag,” p. 145)
Another high ranking Christian theologian, Leutheuser, believed that the Holy Spirit moves where it chooses, and stated that, “more spirit of religion has come to Germans through Hitler, than through many of the churches.” (Julius Leutheuser. “Die deutsche Christusgemeinde,” p. 18,19) This same Christian leader asserts that “Germany has been given a mission from God. The leader and prophet is Adolf Hitler.” (SiegfriedLeffer. “Christus im Drittem Reich der Deutschen,” p. 13-18)
The Vatican under Pope Pius XII made a Concordat of collaboration with National Socialism. Hitler’s portrait was placed on all walls of Catholic churches and Sunday schools. Church bells were rang at every Nazi victory, including the arrest and transportation of the last Jew from every town in Germany. The Roman Catholic Church never protested against Hitler’s barbarism including the massacre of a million and a half Jewish children.. (Dictionary of Antisemitism, p. 43)
At a Church conference, Hitler affirmed that the Catholic Church has always regarded Jews as evildoers and had banished them into ghettos. He (Hitler) is only doing what the Church had been doing for fifteen hundred years.. (ibid, p. 79)
In fact the Catholic youth organisation of Germany was combined with the Hitler youth following the signing of the Concordat of Collaboration sponsored by Msgr. Pacelli later to become Pope Pius XII. Together they sang the Horstwessel Lied in the church vestries “Wenn das Judenblut vom Messer spritzed”.. (‘When Jewish blood runs off the dagger,’ ibid, p. 109)
In a speech to Polish Catholics, Hitler declared: “I as a German Catholic, ask only what is permitted to Polish Catholics. To be antisemitic is not to be un-Catholic. The Church used every weapon against the Jews, even the Inquisition. Christ himself was a pioneer in the fight against Judaism.” (ibid, p. 146)
An interesting quotation appears in the Encyclopedia Britannica under “German Christians:”
“Protestants who attempted to subordinate church policy to the political exigencies of Nazi Germany. The German Christians’ Faith Movement, organized in 1932, was nationalistic and so anti-Semitic that extremists wished to repudiate the Old Testament and the Pauline Letters because of their Jewish authorship. In July 1933 the state territorial churches merged to form the German Evangelical Church, and in September the German Christian candidate, Ludwig Muller, became Reichsbishop. Muller’s efforts to make the church an instrument of Nazi policy were resisted by the Confessing Church, under the leadership of Martin Niemoller. After World War II the German Christian Church party was banned.”
- Martin ChemnitzLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well, I personally knew one Lutheran that fought against Hitler and the German war machine. Was hit by a mortar during the Battle of the Bulge. Getting beyond the agenda of the asker.
Why do you not take into account that the German style of National Socialism here in the United States was not popular among either Lutherans or Germans? A good majority of Germans and Lutherans are smart not to fall for that crap. Also a lot of Lutherans in the USA are from Scandinavian decent and can't relate to what you are talking about. Lutheranism is not defined by this issue nor do Lutherans follow everything that Martin Luther wrote, said or believed. Germany also does not define what is Lutheran, as if it can be encapsulated by one country.
No instead the asker wants to over simplify this issue and make Lutherans look bad. Bravo!
What is it with all these people asking the same darn question quoting the near same evidence?
- 3 years ago
Martin Luther and Calvin seem the standard impacts on the instant crop of Fundies. Intolerance, narrow mindedness, judgement, sin, sin, sin. Jesus himself seems to be getting just about sidelined interior the technique, different than as a acceptance to incant every time they sense the ought to furnish themselves some form of credibility. "What could jesus do" is by no skill responded by making use of "he'd kick the wealthy militaristic arseholes the hell out of his temple and invite some social outcasts in" yet extremely by making use of "he's damn you all to hell for being human" and that i don't understand a lot approximately Paul, so i will not be able to truly remark on that. different than to assert that when you consider that he's between the interpreters of the life of Jesus, including his own 2 bits and imposing his own meanings on all of it....he probable have been given all of it incorrect!!
- 1 decade ago
So are you trying to ask about the Lutheran Church being the first Protestant church, just trying to get us all to be another version of Christianity or trying to prove how stupid it all is?
- huffybLv 61 decade ago
Lutheran of course--although the Catholics gave Hitler backing---you must remember --religion breeds tribalism--of which racism is a component As long as this "us & them" mentality infects mankind we will remain fragmented.
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- NelsLv 71 decade ago
Your question: Lutheran
- Atticus FinchLv 41 decade ago
Lutheranism was founded by that heretic, Martin Luther.
- 1 decade ago
can you put some legitimate sources for your claims? These are strong accusations.
- Anonymous1 decade ago