How did Martin Luther come to understand that we are Justified by faith alone? That it is by the faithfulness of Christ and not of anything we can do. What implications would this have on a Church whose system of salvational understanding is merit based?
In this Theology Pit we look at the time leading up to the German Reformation. How we had multiple people claiming to be Pope and what life was like for the average christian.
In our series we need to have an understanding on who has been elected by God and who can be elected. Does God give everyone the opportunity to be saved or is that reserved for only those are chosen.
Big questions I try to answer in just an hour. I don't think I answered them fully enough but, I think I did for us to have a better understanding of why it's necessary to have a grasp on this for our discussion.
This is part 2 of our look at the Old Testament cannon. Including the aspect of transmission and how we can be confident that what we have in our bibles today is what was written.
We can know that what Jesus quoted and approved of in the fisrst century is what we look at today for evidence of prophecy.
Why do the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, amd Protestants have different books in thier bibles? Well, it all comes down to the Old Testament.
While it is pretty much universally accepted in the New Testament the Old testament is a different story.
We tend to allow our traditions to influence how we understand the bible. Is this the right approach? The Roman Catholic Church is very up front about this in thier belief system but for some reason most Protestant, Reformed, and Restorationist Churches do not. Even going as far to say that tradition has no place.
I find this to be a false claim that is made. It would be like saying that you can be completely objective on any given subject. This is an impossibility. The best we can do is recognize our presuppositions and understand what they are and how they influence us.
To just give lip service to a doctrine is to make yourself feel better in light of the caricature you have created for those you disagree with.
Everyone has a tradition that influences them in regards to the bible. Even and especially Atheists and anti-theists.