“How to Eat Fried Worms” has been around since I was a kid. I don’t think I’ve read it in its entirety, but I did watch the movie with my son.
Speaking of worms and movies, I was watching “Martin Luther” last night (Diet of Worms) and it told the history of his encounters with speaking out against his church’s false teachings of selling indulgences ~ among other things ~ 95 total.
There was one quote that I found quite powerful and intriguing:
“A common man armed with Scripture has more authority than the Pope and all his councils.”
No wonder they wanted to challenge, ex-communicate, and murder him. The Truth is not always welcome in the dark.
In my weak and limited knowledge of the entire debate Luther’s church had with him and his preaching, it comes down to one pinpoint area of scripture in Matthew on which that church was built:
He (Jesus) asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” Jesus replied, “Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! No human revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven revealed it to you. You are Peter, and I can guarantee that on this rock I will build my church. And the gates of hell will not overpower it. Matthew 16:15-18
and yet, if this
mis interpretation of scripture is correct then it stands in contradiction to the entire foundation of the Bible, and it smacks of the same sin that got Adam and Eve in trouble in the first place ~ wanting to be God.
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 3:11
Not Peter, but Peter’s confession of who Jesus Christ is.
God only meant one thing and His word must interpret His word.
Another quotation stands out from last night’s movie. Martin Luther was teaching a bunch of young boys and at one point says to them,
“Don’t just read scripture…think it.”
God, You gave us a brain, but faith must be given to use it for You…help us use both to recognize and confess You, Lord, and bring You glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen