Does the church even have the authority to sell indulgences?
This is all the money I have.
I'm going to be rich.
Martin Luther was born on the 10th November 1483 in Eisleben, Germany. He studied Law at the university of Wittenberg, but hated it.
In 1517, the church started doing things unchristian through Luther’s eyes. They were selling indulgences – a get out of jail free card, Martin Luther saw the church forcing peasants to pay for indulgences and questioned them.
Please, read the bible, it will explain everything.
Luther wrote up 95 complaints about what the church was doing wrong. These were the 95 Theses. At this point, all he was trying to do was stop the church selling the indulgences and doing unchristian things.
Face excommunication? Ha!
Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the church of Vittenberg on October 31st, 1517. It spread across Europe like wildfire. Printing presses got a hold of it and translated it to different languages.
With Luther's new fame, he wanted to stop the church from lying. They were telling people the only way to reach God was through the church and indulgences. To stop this, Luther translated the Bible from Latin to German. This way, the public was now able to read it and see how the church was lying.
The church was annoyed with Luther and sent him a letter. They told him that if he didn't stop doing stuff he would face excommunication. Luther didn't care and publicly burnt the letter.