Luther on Having a God

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From the Large Catechism on “The First Commandment”:

“A ‘god’ is the term for that to which we are to look for all good and in which we are to find refuge in all need. Therefore, to have a god is nothing else than to trust and believe in that one with your whole heart. As I have often said, it is the trust and faith of the heart alone that make both God and an idol. If your faith and trust are right, then your God is the true one. Conversely, where your trust is false and wrong, there you do not have the true God. For these two belong together, fair and God. Anything on which your heart relies and depends, I say, that is really your God.”

(Book of Concord, p. 386)

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