Martin Luther became a monk because he made a deal with God. He was caught in a terrible thunder storm and was afraid he would die. When lightning struck, he promised God that if God would see him through the storm, he would become a monk. Luther later learned to hate God. For he strove to become holy enough to earn God’s love and favor. But he could never get to the end of his sins and his selfishness. He hated God for he came to see God as an exacting judge, an unappeasable Holy God who could never love someone like himself. Luther later came to understand the love of God and learned to love God. But some of us struggle with the same issue Luther faced. We strive to please God and strive unsuccessfully. And we do not always experience God as a loving and gracious God.
Two weeks ago we examined mankind as he was created to be. Last week we explored mankind after the fall. Now we are looking at redeemed mankind. What is our nature as believers?
- God’s View of Us, The Defining View
- Our View of Ourselves, The Deafening View