Why Is Martin Luther A Heretic?

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Is the church really what it seems to be?Martin Luther was a theologian born in 1483 in Germany who changed the history of church forever. He became one of the most influential figures in the history of Christianity. Martin Luther was against some of the most basic tenets of Catolicism. Martin Luther thought that the church has been corrupted, and that it had become more like a business. In 1517 Martin Luther published the 95 theses which were basically an attack on the bad things the church had done, specifically the selling of indulgences. Because of these 95 theses Martin Luther was called a heretic by many. Heresy can be defined as “opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or religious …show more content…
We can see throughout history how many popes just used their position without really honoring God and what he commanded. For example we have Pope Benedict IX who in 1044 sell his papacy for a large amount of money. We also have Pope John XII who who assaulted female travelers and summon agnostic divine beings. There have been many bad popes in history. Among these bad popes was Pope Leo X. “He is known primarily for the sale of indulgences to reconstruct St. Peter's Basilica and his challenging of Martin Luther's 95 theses.” (Miracles-Do they Still Happen Today,33). It is said that Pope Leo X was hated by many cardinals because of how evil and corrupted he was. These cardinals want to kill him, and Pope Leo X find out their plans and killed them recollecting their fines and becoming more wealthy. (Pope Leo X,1) Now that we have seen how evil this man was can we believe what he was saying. Pope Leo X just wanted to prevent Luther from reforming the church. Pope Leo X was sick for money and he wanted more and more. If the selling of indulgences was stopped Pope Leo X would be …show more content…
Luther was not against the scripture, he was against the corruption of the Church, specifically indulgences. The Church making people believe that they need to buy their salvation. “Its power had been built up over the centuries and relied on ignorance and superstition on the part of the populace. It had been indoctrinated into the people that they could only get to heaven via the church.” (Roman Catholic Church in 1500). Basically what this passage is saying is what was happening in those times. Since basically just few people were able to read the bible they made people thought that without the church they can not go to heaven. To attack this Martin Luther published in 1522 the New Testament translated to German and in 1534 the whole bible. “They are the enemies of Christ and the pope who forbid altogether the preaching of the Word of God in some churches in order that indulgences may be preached in others.”(95 Theses, 1) Here Luther is saying that the pope is hiding the word of God so that indulgences can be preached and basically make a lot of

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