3 Ways October 31, 1517 Affected Your Life Today
By Clint Archer - Posted at The Cripplegate:
When Martin Luther pounded the 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, the effects rippled throughout space and time, changing the world then and there, as well as here and now, 501 years later.
We may take for granted the impact that feisty monk’s actions had on Europe in 1517 and are still having on our lives this very day. We ought to be grateful to God for what he wrought in our lives with blunt instruments, Martin Luther, John Calvin, et al.
1. If you read your Bible today in your own language that’s because of the Reformation.
Christians in 1517 did not have access to a Bible unless they had been schooled in Latin, a privilege reserved for the wealthy and the ecclesiastical order. So if you wanted to read the Bible you had to take a vow of celibacy, poverty, and obedience, and become a monk or priest. It was Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible into German that brought about the truth encapsulated (ironically in the Latin phrase…) Post Tenebras Lux—After Darkness Light.
So, if you read your Bible today, or a Tweet with a verse in it, or sang a hymn in your mother tongue, you can thank God for the Reformers.