The Doctrine Of Indulgences Rested On Three Principles Essay

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The doctrine of indulgences rested on three principles. First, God is merciful and just. Second Christ and the Saints, through their infinite virtue established a “treasury of merits”, on which the church could draw, due to the special relationship with Christ and the Saints. Third, the church had the authority to grant sinners the spiritual benefits of those with merits. An indulgence was a sheet of paper signed by the pope or another church official that substituted a virtuous act from treasury of merits for penance of time in purgatory which was an idea created 12th century by theologians, it was a place where souls on their way to heaven wen to make further amends for their earthly sins. This was one of the ways for the Roman Catholic Church to collect money for example; during the Crusades, indulgences funded the war.
By the late middle ages, people widely believed that an indulgence secure total remission of penalties for a sin on earth or in purgatory-and ensured a swift entry into heaven. This concept greatly bothered Luther that people relied on the sale of indulgences; to assure themselves of salvation were guaranteeing their eternal damnation instead. To rephrase it, Luther firmly rejected the notion that good works, such as indulgences, could achieve salvation. To Luther, humans are saved not through their good works, but through faith in the promises of God, made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
In addition, in 1517, Pope Leo X had issued a…

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