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[mov-quote] Luther (2003)

Luther (2003)

Luther (2003)

Genre : history, church, drama
Rating : 4/5Verdict : good to learn history of one of the most important Christianity events
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Older Monk: Martin, what is it you seek?
Martin Luther: A merciful God: A God whom I can love. A God who loves me.
Older Monk: Then look to Christ. Bind yourself to Christ and you will know God’s love. Say to Him, “I’m yours. Save me.”

Older Monk: God gave you gifts for a purpose.

Martin Luther: Those who see God as angry…do not see Him rightly… but look upon a curtain as if a dark storm cloud has been drawn across His face. If we truly believe that Christ is our Savior…then we have a God of love, and to see God in faith is to look upon His friendly heart.

So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”

Frederick the Wise: There are two ways of saying no to someone you believe to be stronger than yourself.
The first is to say nothing and go on merely doing what you were doing before, and pretend that you never heard, allow time and inertia to be your allies.
And the second is to say no in such a kind and thoughtful way it befuddles them.
Naturally, if both these strategies fail, there is nothing but to relent.
Or to fight: And of course, if you decide to fight, you also have to decide to win.

Frederick the Wise: When I was a child, I thought like a child, I was a child, I played like a child.
And now, thanks to the adults, I’ve had to join the world of adults.
And I am appalled…by how easy they thought it was to bribe me.

Older Monk: Martin, I hoped you’d help reform the church, not destroy it. With all its sins, the church is still the church.
What is a child without its family? How would people fare left to themselves, helpless and frightened?
All my life, I have seen a world that hates evil more than it loves good. I beg you to look to the good, Martin.

Martin Luther: I would like to answer satisfactorily, without injury to the divine word or danger to my soul.

Martin Luther: I cannot renounce all of my works because they are not all the same.

First are those books in which if I have described Christian faith and life so simply that even my opponents have admitted that these books are useful. To renounce these writings would be unthinkable for that would be to renounce accepted Christian truths…

The second group of my work is directed aginst the foul doctrine and evil living of the Popes, past and present… Through the laws of the Pope and the doctrines of men, the consciences of the faithful have been miserably vexed and flayed. If I recant these books, I will do nothing but add strength to tyranny and open not just the windows but also the doors to this great ungodliness…

In the third group I have written against private persons and individuals who uphold Roman tyranny and have attacked my own efforts to encourage piety to Christ. I confess that I have written too harshly. I am but a man and I can err. Only let my errors be proven by Scripture and I will revoke my work and throw my books into the fire.

Martin Luther: Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason and not by Popes and councils who have so often contradicted themselves, my conscience is captive to the word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. I cannot and I will not recant.

Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.

(thanks to the Luther movie)

*****

Film ini sendiri mengenai sejarah awal mula perpecahan Gereja.

Untuk mendapatkan dana bagi pembangunan basilika St. Petrus (dibangun tahun 1506-1626), Paus Leo X menawarkan indulgensi (pengampunan dosa) yang bisa ditukar dengan uang. Seorang biarawan Dominika, Johann Tetzel, menjual surat indulgensi ke seluruh Eropa yang hasilnya untuk pembangunan Basilika St. Petrus.

Tindakan ini juga menimbulkan protes keras dari seorang teolog Jerman dan biarawan Ordo St Agustinus, Martin Luther (1483-1546). Pada 31 Oktober 1517, sehari sebelum rencana kedatangan Tetzel ke Universitas Wittenberg, Luther menempelkan ke-95 tesisnya di pintu gereja universitas tersebut. Salah satu inti dari 95 tesis itu adalah penolakan Luther terhadap praktik Gereja Roma menjual keselamatan.

 

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