Martin Luther

Martin Luther
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  • If I live I will devote my life to you!
  • Martin Luther was a German theologian, born in 1483, who studied law in Germany. One day Luther was struck by lightening, and he prayed to St. Anne saying that if he lived he would devote his life to her and become a catholic Monk
  • I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.
  • Martin Luther then sold his books and left law school to journey on this new chapter of his life. In 1505 he began attending St. Augustine's Monastery in Erfurt, Germany; his journey to become a Catholic Monk had officially begun.
  • Luther soon found something with the Catholic Church and the way they operated. He ended up writing quite a long list about all the things he disagreed with that the Church were doing; known as the 95 theses. The selling of Indulgences was one of the main problems. The Church was making money from the locals as they said if you purchased an Indulgence it would rid you of your sin.
  • Following Luther’s outrage over the invalid seeling of Indulgences, he posted the 95 Theses to the church door and was soon met with consequences. Luther was sentenced to the Diet of Worms. He was sent away to a town on the Rhine, but this didn’t stop him from his revolt against the Catholic Church.
  • At the time, the Bible was written in a language that only few understood and spoke. When he was sent away, Luther decided to translate the Bible into German, a language all could read. Luther knew that the selling of Indulgences and other scheming things the Church were doing were NOT included in the Bible, this is when his rebellion began.
  • As a resultof his rebellion, a new religion was followed called Lutheranism. Lutheranism is a branch off the Protestant Christianity tree as it follows the belief of “by grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Scripture alone.” Martin Luther trusted God by his word and believed that whatever was in the Bible scripture was correct and he never doubted God or his power.
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