Martin Luther And The Catholic Church Essay
Martin’s parents were staunch believers in the Catholic Church . They had begun to teach him about the Catholic faith at a very young age, but what a warped view they had. Later in life, Martin remembers his early childhood and says:
“From early childhood I was accustomed to turn pale and tremble whenever I heard the name of Christ mentioned, for I was taught to look upon him as a stern and wrathful judge. We were taught that we ourselves had to atone for our sins, and since we could not make sufficient amends or do acceptable works, our teachers . . . made us to call upon Mary the mother of Christ and implore her to avert from Christ’s wrath and make him inclined to be merciful to us” .
And so from early childhood Luther was sure that God was angry at him . He lived in constant dread of the Day of Judgment, and was trying to atone for his sins by doing ‘good works’.
Martin Luther began to ask himself…