Christian Influences On Bonhoeffer's Life

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Introduction On February 4, 1908 in Belarus, Germany, two children were born to Karl and Paula Hase Bonhoeffer, and one of them would impact the world. Karl was an esteemed German psychologist, and Paula came from an honorable and wealthy family. And on February 4, Dietrich and his twin Sabine entered the world as the sixth and seventh child of the Bonhoeffer family. Little did his parents know that one day, Dietrich would become a pastor, lead a paradigm shift in Christian thinking, assist in attempt to assassinate a dictator, and give his life for everything he believed in.
Dietrich, the sixth of eight children, grew up in an upper-class, well cultured home.
During their childhood, the Bonhoeffer children enjoyed music, recreation,
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For the first time, Bonhoeffer heard the Gospel of Christ in all of its power. What greatly impacted Bonhoeffer was the fact that despite the sufferings and mistreatments the African-American Church members endured, they believed in such a powerful Gospel, and were faithfully walking in obedience to Christ (Metaxas 2010, 108). During this time, Bonhoeffer was truly transformed by the redemptive power of Christ, and his life would begin to take a different direction.
The New Bonhoeffer After coming back to Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer realized the change that taken place in his life. For the first time I discovered the Bible… I had often preached. I had seen a great deal of the Church. And talked and preached about it, but I had not yet become a Christian… I know that at that time I turned the doctrine of Jesus Christ into something of personal advantage for myself… Also I had never prayed, or prayed very little. Then the Bible, in particular the Sermon on the Mount freed me from that. Since then everything has changed. (Metaxas 2010, 123).

Back in Berlin, Bonhoeffer began to give lectures at the University. However, he was unlike many of his professor colleagues, for Bonhoeffer went beyond the call of a teacher and personally invested in his students’ lives (Metaxas 2010, 125). A key idea that he realized is that following Christ comes above following the State
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