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Grief over Lutheranism

I felt the urge to look up Lutheranism today, and found this:


“The key doctrine, or material principle, of Lutheranism is the doctrine of justification. Lutherans believe that humans are saved from their sinsby God’s grace alone (Sola Gratia), through faith alone (Sola Fide). Lutherans believe that this grace is granted for the sake of Christ’s merit alone (Solus Christus). Orthodox Lutheran theology holds that God made the world, including humanity, perfect, holy and sinless. However,Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, trusting in their own strength, knowledge, and wisdom.[78][79] Consequently, people are saddled withoriginal sin, born sinful and unable to avoid committing sinful acts.[80] For Lutherans, original sin is the “chief sin, a root and fountainhead of all actual sins.”[81]

Lutherans teach that sinners, while capable of doing works that are outwardly “good,” are not capable of doing works that satisfy God’s justice.[82] Every human thought and deed is infected with sin and sinful motives.[83] Because of this, all humanity deserves eternal damnation in hell.[84] God in eternity has turned His Fatherly heart to this world and planned for its redemption because he loves all people and does not want anyone to be eternally damned.[85]

It seemed WRONG to me.  God does NOT see us all as sinners from birth, there’s no need for us to be saved, we CAN avoid being sinful, our every move is NOT “infected with sin,” no NO *NO*.  Beyond just totally disagreeing, which I’d do with most descriptions of doctrine, I felt GRIEF, as if I might weep.  This was the same puzzling deep kind of emotion I’ve had throughout life in reference to some religious references, except this time it was negative.

Message received;  God wants us to be good, to DO good, and not just have faith, and He does NOT see us all as sin-filled.

Also today:  I remembered literally 15 minutes or so before the deadline to fill out an elaborate form for a contest. Given that the # of entries is just double the # of prizes, I think I’m looking at another win.

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