By Johann Spangenberg
Confronting death--as God's judgment on sin and as God's doorway to everlasting life--and suffering as a "Christian Knight" opposed to the satan, the area, and human wants: those subject matters gave Johann Spangenberg, a detailed pal and dedicated adherent of Martin Luther, the foundation for the most renowned items of devotional literature within the early years of the German Reformation. during this pamphlet released within the early 1540s, readers come across an tool designed to domesticate the piety of the Wittenberg Reformation one of the universal humans, a piety that ready for loss of life (and hence for day-by-day life!) via day-by-day repentance, casting away sin, casting oneself upon Jesus Christ and his loss of life and resurrection, after which sharing his love with the neighbor. utilizing a wealth of biblical illustrations and concepts, Spangenberg's short treatise teaches his readers the way to use Scripture and the way to dwell enlivened by way of its message. comprises the German textual content and English Translation of Ein new Trost Bu[e]chlin fur die Krancken vnd/Vom Christlichen Ritter by means of Johannes Spangenberg (1484-1550).
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Spangenberg did not lead his readers into an evaluation of the ideas that underlay the practices he criticized. He did dismiss the biblical arguments behind some of them. In this way he was also cultivating his readers’ ability to search the Scriptures. By identifying false interpretations as well as absorbing what God wanted to say to them, they, he was certain, would find eternal life. That, too, was part of the battle in behalf of God’s truth that Spangenberg was describing. The text of Johann Spangenberg’s Booklet of Comfort gives twenty-first century readers a glimpse into the ways in which Martin Luther’s followers and friends cultivated the piety of their contemporaries.
Where did death come from when it came into the world? From the devil’s hate and envy at the time when Adam and Eve transgressed God’s commandment and ate of the forbidden fruits of paradise [Gen. 3:1-7]. For that bite brought Adam and all his children “Death is the end to which all things are moving,” a quotation from the Latin poet Horace. Denn also sagt das Buch der Weisheit am andern Capitel / Gott hat den Menschen geschaffen zum ewigen Leben / Vnd [A4v] hat jn gemacht zum bilde / das er gleich sein sol / wie er ist / Aber durch des Teuffels hass vnd neid / ist der Tod in die Welt komen.
They have all passed away through the power and the pain of death. Adam died, and all his children must follow him. The child who is one day old or even an hour old is in the same bag. In summary, as many as are born into this world must experience the pain of death. That is really a miserable, wretched state of affairs, is it not? It is indeed miserable. Therefore, the philosopher says that it would be good if human beings would never be born or would die as soon as they were born [Eccl. 4:1-3].