I am a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and have been since I was born. I went to Lutheran private school and Catholic high school, so I
am quite familiar with their symbols. First off there is no such word as Lutheranism, it’s simply called Lutheran. Second there is nothing Occult
about the Lutheran Church, so if this is going to be a Christian Bashing thread then I will not bother beyond this post.
The Lutheran Church has nothing to hide, if you want to know what something means simply ask a pastor, they will be quite happy to show you around
their Church and answer all your questions, it is not a secrete organization of any kind.
you are correct in your identification, The Eye is symbolic of the Father, the Cross of the Son, and the Dove of the Holy Spirit. In many old
churches, this architecture can be seen, including the one I attended for most of my life. Newer Churches have shied away from that Roman Catholic
Renascence look. Most newer Churches are much more plain yet modern looking in appearance. If there is any reason why those symbols were used it is
because Luther himself came from the Roman Catholic Church, and continued to hold some of their dogmas true throughout his life. Luther had no problem
with most of the symbols that the RCC chose, simply with many of their doctrines, therefore much just crossed right over with him after he left.
Luther was a monk of the Augustinian order who saw that there were incorrect doctrines being used through out the church. As a student of law and
theology, he set out to change those wrongs. His intentions were to correct inaccurate teachings and abuses within the Roman Catholic Church, he never
intended to start the Protestant Reformation. Unfortunately for him, the RCC of his day was so power hungry and corrupt they not only refused to
change anything, but he also found they had in fact purposely made up false doctrine to advance their power and wealth. It was not long until he was
labeled a heretic and was to be turned over to the Inquisition. Its actually a pretty interesting story how he managed to not be tortured and killed
by the Inquisition, you should look it up some time.
The Flag you’re referring to is the Lutheran Church flag; it is simply a flag representative of the church. It is in no way connected with the
Rosicrucian’s. Many other churches also have a representative flag for their religions as well.
Lutheran Church Flag
Other Church Flags
Lutherans do not put much meaning into the symbols in their Churches, they are taught what they mean, but they are not representative of anything of
an Occult nature. To be honest in a modern Lutheran Church there are not many symbols to begin with, it’s only in this older more Catholic style of
architecture. All the symbols are representative of God the Father (Yahweh), God The Son (Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, or of a specific Bible
After all its through the grace of God that Lutherans believe they are saved not whether or not they have symbology still hanging around from their
Lutheran Churches of the Missouri and Wisconsin Synods are bound to be exactly the same as other Lutheran Churches of their synods. The Evangelical
Lutheran Church is a schism in the church and the synods do not consider them Lutheran.
[edit on 7/22/2006 by defcon5]