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Martin Luther was on his way to efurt one stormy day when he had a near death experience when a bolt of lightning struck right at his feet. In fear he cried out to St. Anne for his saftey. He vowed to become a monk in honour of his saviour.
The sale of the indulgences was a practise that the pope lived out in order so that the people who could afford them were granted peace and therefore, a "get out of purgatory free card". However, the indulgences were very expensive and not many people had the wealth to buy one of these. The pope then used the money gained from the indulgences to help build the St. Peters Basilica. Luther wasn't happy with the way that the pope was using the people and their money, meaning that he needed to do something about it.
Because Luther wasn't happy with the way that the Pope and Church were living out the Gospel, he created a list called the 95 theses. The list consisted of some of the things that Luther wanted to change and that was his way of doing it. With the help of the printing press, first invented by Johannes Gutenberg, Luther printed the theses and nailed them to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg on the 31st of October, 1517.