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How about Celebrating Reformation Day instead of Halloween?

Here are some ideas for a fun, educational, and meaningful Reformation Day party.

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Paula Bolyard

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October 31, 2013 - 8:00 am
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You don’t have to be a Lutheran to celebrate Reformation Day. If your family chooses not to participate in Trick or Treat and other Halloween activities — or if you’d like to add a spiritual dimension to October 31st — consider commemorating the day in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Luther, a Catholic monk, posted the list of items he wished to debate on the door of the church, a common practice among academics of his day, “out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light.” In his list of complaints against the Catholic Church, Luther railed against the practice of enriching the Church and granting false security to members by selling indulgences, fees paid to the Church that were said to shorten the duration of time one spent in purgatory. “The treasures of the indulgences are nets with which they now fish for the riches of men, ” Luther wrote.

The assurance of salvation by letters of pardon is vain, even though the commissary, nay, even though the pope himself, were to stake his soul upon it.

Luther’s “Ninety-Five Theses” sparked a debate between Luther and those aligned with the pope, leading to the Reformation which resulted in a rediscovery of the doctrine of justification—God’s act of declaring a sinner righteous—through faith alone by God’s grace alone. Many agreed with Luther’s teaching — contrary to Catholic Church doctrine — that Christ offered them salvation not because of any good works or righteousness on their part, but because of what Christ had already done on the cross.

The Reformation caused religious, political, social, and cultural upheaval in Germany and across Europe and changed the course of history. Ultimately, the Reformation led to the formation of the Protestantism, which many today celebrate, as Luther originally proclaimed, “out of love for the truth.”

If your family would like to celebrate Reformation Day this year, here are a few ideas to help make your day fun, educational, and even meaningful.

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“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion... Religion is the opium of the masses.” Karl Marx

“I long to take vengeance on the One Who rules from above.” Karl Marx

“God is dead.” Friedrich Nietzsche

"If you have a true faith that Christ is your Saviour, then at once you have a gracious God, for faith leads you in and opens up God’s heart and will, that you should see pure grace and overflowing love. This it is to behold God in faith that you should look upon his fatherly, friendly heart..." Martin Luther

Martin Luther is not in the same camp with Marx and Nietzsche, but rather in the opposite camp. Martin Luther was a champion of Western Christian Civiliization. Apparently, for some Roman Catholics, Luther is still a burr under the saddle.

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Here in Germany, Reformation Day is celebrated as a legal holiday, i.e., in the former, but now shrinking Protestant areas of Germany, but not in the former, but now shrinking Catholic areas such as the Rheinland (where I live). I say former well knowing that both confessions are once again at logger heads, though of a different type of Pope vs Luther. The winner will be the first confession to disappear. That is the direction, that is the conflict.

In the course of graduate school feons ago I spent a semester or two with the theology of Luther. For or against the man, he, without any doubt, took God, sin, belief, redemption and penance seriously. The current Protestant covergroup, always a model for secularizing Catholics, finds the weather change to be much more important than the transcendent worries of Luther. (Throw in a small crusade for homosexual marriage and there you have the message. I suspect that Luther would have felt more comfortable in a theological bed with the then pope than with those in Germany who blah, blah Christianity into insufferable salvational irrelevancy.
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I would put Martin Luther in a short line with Marx and Nietzsche as the destroyers of Western Civilization, aka Christendom.
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We Catholics celebrate the feast of All Hallows, All Saints, on November 1st. It is not our fault that the American Culture turned it into a silly day when half witted Americans run around dressing up like someone else and acting like morons. All Hallows is a pretty big deal in Catholic churches in America but unfortunately most American Catholics are too busy trying to be Protestants.
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The Reformation, and certainly Reformation 'Day', is nothing to celebrate. No one party is responsible and no one takes all the blame, but the reformation marked the dissolution of the unified Church and eventually the nations turning away from G_d. All to the accompaniment of political turmoil, destruction and death........

I gave candy to all the lil' blood munching vampires and brain munching zombies. Things are what they are and where they should be. Peace.....
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If the Pope has no right to rule,
The King has no right to rule,
The Princes have no right to rule,
The Nobility have no right to rule,
The Bourgeoisie has no right to rule,
Finally we try to build a world with
No permanent authority and no permanent rules
We have been descending into anarchy for five centuries.




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Here in Germany, Reformation Day is celebrated as a legal holiday, i.e., in the former, but now shrinking Protestant areas of Germany, but not in the former, but now shrinking Catholic areas such as the Rheinland (where I live). I say former well knowing that both confessions are once again at logger heads, though of a different type of Pope vs Luther. The winner will be the first confession to disappear. That is the direction, that is the conflict.

In the course of graduate school feons ago I spent a semester or two with the theology of Luther. For or against the man, he, without any doubt, took God, sin, belief, redemption and penance seriously. The current Protestant covergroup, always a model for secularizing Catholics, finds the weather change to be much more important than the transcendent worries of Luther. (Throw in a small crusade for homosexual marriage and there you have the message. I suspect that Luther would have felt more comfortable in a theological bed with the then pope than with those in Germany who blah, blah Christianity into insufferable salvational irrelevancy.
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P.S. I forgot to mention the fact that Halloween is also celebrated, foreign as it is to German culture. But, it helps business with blood thirsty costumes, rauchous parties, sex and what ever depth that has come to typify the LITERALLY dying out nation of Germans. (David Goldman gives Germans less than 200 years of existence,) I would bet that more Germans are hopelessly drunk at parties this evening than ever went to chuirch, either for Ref. Day or All Saints Day. Roman debauchery is our model and self-extinction our destiny.
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Thanks for that interesting background, Prof. lw! Sad state of affairs in Europe. We must pray for revival.
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I would put Martin Luther in a short line with Marx and Nietzsche as the destroyers of Western Civilization, aka Christendom.
1 year ago
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“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion... Religion is the opium of the masses.” Karl Marx

“I long to take vengeance on the One Who rules from above.” Karl Marx

“God is dead.” Friedrich Nietzsche

"If you have a true faith that Christ is your Saviour, then at once you have a gracious God, for faith leads you in and opens up God’s heart and will, that you should see pure grace and overflowing love. This it is to behold God in faith that you should look upon his fatherly, friendly heart..." Martin Luther

Martin Luther is not in the same camp with Marx and Nietzsche, but rather in the opposite camp. Martin Luther was a champion of Western Christian Civiliization. Apparently, for some Roman Catholics, Luther is still a burr under the saddle.

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He was the first revolutionary and the one who declared the first war on authority. I don't particularly dislike the guy but one as to admit that without the great rebellion against the Pope it would have been hard to have all the subsequent rebellions.

1517 German Reformation
1814 French Revolution
1914 The Great War and the end of Christendom
1917 The October Revolution

If my memory does not fail.

This 2017 it's going to mark 500 years of Luther's revolution.
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Actually, probably the only thing separating Martin Luther and the likes of Marx, Nietzsche, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Sade is the fact that unlike the latter five, he is at least religious. He still preached the exact same things as Rousseau, who is effectively the father of Karl Marx (not literal father, of course, more to his ideas, something Marx himself admitted), and thus the grandpa of Socialism. Rousseau's ideas about a fundamentally good human nature and not needing proof to find goodness in humanity, BTW, led directly to the French Revolution and the massacres that happened there. They were nearly the same as Luther's claims that humanity only needs faith to be saved.
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