Martin Luther's Analysis

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The term justification derives from the Greek word dikaios (from the New Testament), which simply meant to regard as righteous and to count as righteous. This was a huge awakening for Luther as he read Pauls epistle to the Romans which states “The just will live by faith”. Luther realised that the crucial way to achieve spiritual salvation was not to be scared or frightened of God but instead to believe that faith alone would bring salvation. (Sola fides).This is a very different approach to the Roman Catholic Church who draw their teachings from tradition which are handed down from the pope, as well as scripture and its teaching regarding salvation through faith and good works, but with a greater emphasis on good works.
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Luther delved into being a monk and though he sought to love God fully he found no consolation whatsoever. Luther differed from the RCC as he believed that all doctrines must be based off the bible (sola scriptura) and its teaching about salvation in the Christ. A key text from the bible that Luther swears by is from Ephesians 2:3-10, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-not the result of works”. This in itself completely differs to the RCC’s teaching. The bible and Luther believe that works do not bring about justification as it is received from God. Luther only had only two sacraments which differs to the RCC as they had at least 6 different sacraments. Luther were the Holy Communion and baptism as original sin is in the bible and Holy Communion involves praying. However Luther is against communion as a sacrifice as for Luther the communion is a promise to God and not a sacrifice.
Overall even if both disagree about the relationship between faith and works, they both agreed that faith is absolutely necessary for salvation. And that we are commanded by God to do good work.However Luther solely believes that man can surely attain redemption by his unflinching faith in our
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