What's the most significant invention as humans? The wheel? The simple gear? Simple tools using leverage? Today's technology? Believe or not, some historians point to the printing press. That development began to put things into people's hands. Couple that with the decentralization of language and you create knowledge and information that gives the common man power through knowledge.
Take for example the Bible. Until the 1500s, the language of the Bible was Latin and the only reader of Latin was generally the trained monk or priest. On October 31, 1517, Luther began to unravel that. His reforms for the church, called the 95 Theses, called into question the practices and teachings of the day. They were written in Latin, translated into German, and sent out to the people to read. They became significant to the followers and faithful in the church.
While in hiding, Luther then translated the Bible from Latin to German, which created a deeper understanding of the scripture. The truth returned to faith as practices began to be questioned.
How do we, today, speak Latin to the listeners of the message? What practices do we have the mangle the message of the truth? Pray that we don't create obstacles for people, but rather lead people to the truth. "Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105) Pray that we teach Christ and the message of the cross and resurrection and that Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Scripture Alone is the message that is heard.
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