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Luther: This will be my creed


Portrait of Martin Luther as an Augustinian Monk

Portrait of Martin Luther as an Augustinian Monk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martin Luther: My Creed.

(I translated this as practice, but I make no great claims about it.  I don’t know where this quote from Luther comes from, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in English.)

Up to now it has been impossible for me to satisfy the demands of God because of inborn evil and weakness.


If I am not permitted to believe that God for Christ’s sake forgives this remnant of sin that I mourn over daily, then it is all over for me.  I must despair. 

But I let that go.

I don’t do as Judas did and hang myself on a tree.  I hang myself on the neck or foot of Christ, like the sinful woman.  And even if I am still worse than this, I hold fast to my Lord.

Then He says to the Father: “This thing hanging on me must also go through.  It has, of course, kept none of your commandments, but broken them all.

But Father, he hangs himself on me.  Give him what he wants!  I died for him.  Let him slip through.

That will be my creed.


Martin Luther: Was mein Glaube sein soll

Mir ist es bisher wegen angeborener Bosheit und Schwachheit unmöglich gewesen, den Forderungen Gottes zu genügen.

Wenn ich nicht glauben darf, dass Gott mir um Christi willen dies täglich beweinte Zurückbleiben vergebe, so ist’s aus mit mir. Ich muss verzweifeln. Aber das lass ich bleiben.

Wie Judas an den Baum mich hängen, das tu ich nicht. Ich hänge mich an den Hals oder Fuß Christi wie die Sünderin. Ob ich auch noch schlechter bin als diese, ich halte meinen Herrn fest.

Dann spricht er zum Vater: Dieses Anhängsel muss auch durch. Es hat zwar nichts gehalten und alle deine Gebote übertreten.

Vater, aber er hängt sich an mich. Was will’s! Ich starb für ihn. Lass ihn durchschlupfen.

Das soll mein Glaube sein.



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