The Reformation: Martin Luther And The Protestant Reformation

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Before the Reformation, there was only one kind of Christianity in Western Europe, called Catholic. In 1517, Martin Luther, who was a German monk and professor of theology nailed his 95 theses on the castle door in Wittenberg. The Protestant Reformation, referred simply as the Reformation was the beginning of the division of the churches. It was seen as a challenge to religious authority that went beyond the Catholic Church. This resulted in the separation of Christians into Protestant and Catholic.
In 1505, Martin Luther was caught in a violent storm and was almost struck by lightning. He considered it as a sign from God and vowed to become a monk if he survived the storm. Luther came out unharmed and, true to his promise, Luther turned his
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It would be here that he began to question and explore the many problems he saw plaguing the Church. The Catholic Church taught that “it alone” was God’s instrument and representative on Earth and salvation could only be found by its means. What questioned Martin Luther even more was when John Tetzel was selling indulgences to people. If you buy the indulgences, then you would have less time in temporal punishment in Purgatory and go to Heaven faster. They made people believe that after death you would go to Purgatory then to Heaven.
Martin Luther had a different understanding of the origins of salvation. He saw it as a spiritual gift directly from God to the individual. Salvation was grounded in faith, and that faith is what led to salvation through the grace of God. This led to the Ninety-Five theses against the indulgences of the Church. Luther questioned the permit of forgiveness by selling indulgences, which seemed to turn the matter into moneymaking rather than a repentant of sin and change of
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On May 25, the Holy Roman emperor Charles V signed an edict against Luther, ordering his writings to be burned. Luther hid in the town of Eisenach, where he translated the New Testament into German. This would increase the individual reading of the Bible and bring many more to question what the Church taught, as opposed to what they read in the scriptures. By 1522, Luther’s writings started a reform and revolt within the Augustinian Order, and in towns across Germany. Luther then secretly returned to Wittenberg, where he delivered sermons and told the townspeople to put their faith in God to deliver reform. The Reformation became political, and other leaders stepped up to lead the reform. Luther brought up the reformation, but was hardly

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