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What do Lutherans believe?

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What is Lutheranism?

The material principle of Lutheranism is the doctrine of salvation by God's grace alone (Sola Gratia), through faith alone (Sola Fide) for the sake of Christ's merit alone (Solus Christus).  Lutherans believe God made the world, humanity included, perfect, holy and sinless. However, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, trusting in their own strength, knowledge and wisdom. Because of this Original Sin-- the sin from which all other sins come -- all descendents of Adam and Eve (thus, all humans) are born in sin and are sinners.

Lutherans believe that individuals receive this gift of salvation by faith alone -- a full and complete trust in God's promises to forgive and to save.

The Lutheran faith is described in the Book of Concord.  In the Book of Concord is the Apostle's Creed, Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.
The Lutheran Church believes in Sainthood of all believers.
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Lutheranism is the third largest Christian denomination in the world with 82.6 million believers.