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Posted October 22, 2014 in Altoona, Community Featured
By Rev. John Schonkaes, Christ the King Lutheran Church

Pastor JohnOct. 31. This is the date of the holiday we know as Halloween. But did you know that there is more to Oct. 31 than just Halloween? There is another historical event that happened on that date. It was the beginning of the Reformation.

Martin Luther was a priest and professor for the Catholic Church in Germany. He was someone who studied the Bible very carefully. After doing his research, Luther decided to share what he has learned with the world. On Oct. 31, 1517, Luther posted his “95 Theses” on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. These “95 Theses” were points regarding the church that he was willing to debate with other scholars. The posting of the “95 Theses” began what would be known as the “Reformation,” which would bring lasting change to the Christian church.

Even after all the years since Oct. 31, 1517, Luther’s passion for the Bible still makes a difference. Today, the Lutheran church stands as a testament not to Luther himself, but to what he believed in. One of the pillars of the Lutheran church is “Sola Scriptura,” which means “Scripture Alone.” When it comes to our understanding about God, all we need is His word, the Bible. So many times we would like to think we can understand everything, but we don’t. We can’t. That is where the Bible comes in. The Bible is what God has revealed to us about Himself and His plan of salvation through His son, Jesus Christ. When we dedicate ourselves to the study of the Bible, like Luther did, we can better know who God is and what He has done for us. Studying the Bible can bring us some understanding of why things happen in life but, better yet, the Bible can bring us comfort for the difficult days and a “peace that passes all human understanding.” Taking time to study the Bible can and will make a lasting impact on our lives, like it did for Luther.

Oct. 31. It will always be Halloween, but now you see there is more to that date than you think. It’s a date where one man began a reformation to help us all better appreciate the special gift of God that is the Bible.

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