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The Challenge of 

Martin Luther

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Catholic Monk, Martin Luther posted his  famous "95 Theses" on the church door on October 31, 1517.   His protest  against Roman Catholic dogma sparked a major rebellion and triggered the European revolution know as the Reformation.

After years of extreme dedication to the church, Luther came to the realization that church intermediaries between a human being and God were irrelevant and unnecessary.   He said that salvation was a function of God's grace and was neither a product of one's physical activities nor of ones devotion to the Roman Catholic Church.    

The belief that one needed to work or to suffer in order to connect to "a God out there somewhere" was seen as a manipulative fairytale set upon the masses by church leaders in order to dominate, control and extract money.

In the early sixteenth-century, Martin Luther threw the belief that people have a direct connection to God squarely into  the face of Pope Leo X.   That concept challenged the Roman Catholic Empire and forever changed human history.    His revelation sparked the revolution which historians today  refer to as "The Reformation."   The revolution, previously unprecedented in speed and scope, put an end to the strangle hold that the Roman Catholic Church had on Europe and put an end to what historians refer to as  "The Dark Ages."

One has to wonder why that was and still is such a controversial concept because the Christian Bible, in words of Jesus, clearly supports that perspective.

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues [houses of worship] and in the corners of the streets, [and on television and in public schools] that they may be seen of men.   Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.   But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."  Matthew 6:5-6

Was Luther right?   Is the need for a church intermediary only a manipulative fairytale set upon the masses by church leaders in order to dominate, to control and to extract money?   Look at the evidence.   Draw your own conclusions.

To see the truth of this and the power of having a direct connection to God, one has but to study the life of Martin Luther.   For information on a  historical documentary on his life and the transformation he triggered see the PBS-Documentary.`   

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Martin Luther;  Aired Wednesday, July 9, 2003 on PBS television, KCET, channel 28, Los Angeles, CA.  

A television documentary story about the life of Martin Luther, the 16th century monk who  posted his  famous "95 Theses" on the church door on October 31, 1517.   His protest  against sparked a major rebellion against Catholic dogma and triggered the European revolution know as the Reformation 

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The God of Faith & Reason

Finding God   By Faith    And    By Reason

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What do we mean when we say, "Find God by Faith and Reason?   Faith and reason (religion and reality)  have been considered  to be enemies by conservative religious leaders for centuries.   Religion has denied reality and faith has denied reason because reality shows religion to be fantasy-based and out of touch with reality and because reason shows faith without reason to also be our of touch with reality.   Historically, religions have been strictly faith based.   Reason and reality have both been simply ignored.    The result of religion denying realty and faith fighting reason is that planet Earth is very sick and is about to react in a manner that will significantly reduce the number of parasites (human beings) living on her surface and living  in utter disregard for her well being.   

As an alternative, suppose we invited religion and reality to be partners.   Suppose we also  invited faith and reason to be partners.   Suppose we  invited faith, reason, religion, and reality to be foursome directed at finding the truth about what humans believe about God .   

Finding  God by faith and reason is actually quite simple.   Simply bring religion to reality -- bring reality to religion -- combine  religion with reality -- combine   reality with religion.    Simply bring faith to reason -- bring reason  to faith -- combine  reason with faith -- combine  faith with reason.   

The result will be that faith, reason, religion and reality will each enhance and support the other three.   Faith would support reason, religion, and reality -- reality would support faith, reason, religion --  religion  would support reality faith, and reason --  and  reason  would support religion, reality and faith.  And all this will dramatically transform human behavior and return Earth back into the Garden of Eden.

Finding  God by Faith and Reason  

Where religion meets reality --   Where faith meets reason --  Where mind, heart, the evidence, common sense,  and God are equal partners  --  Where  religion, reality, faith, and reason are all on the same team.  

To find The God of Faith and Reason. 

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