Martin Luther Essay
After graduating the university in 1505, Luther begins to walk home and gets caught in a terrible thunderstorm. A bolt of lightning hit so close to his feet that he fell to his knees on the ground and made a promise to G-d that if he makes it out of this storm alive he will become a monk. Surely enough, the sky clears and he returns home with the news that he is going to become a monk. His father believes that he is being stupid but Luther is staying to his word.
He joins an Augustinian Monastery, known for their strictness, and lived a monks life. As a monk he was the “monkest” of all monks. He went to the extremes even mutilated himself with a cats tail so he could feel the pain of Christ. Headmaster Abbot Staupitz saw this and began to worry for Luther’s sake. He called him in and told him to read two books, the writings of St. Paul and Confessions by St. Augustine. In Confessions, there were two statements in particular that drew lathers attention: “all people are damned to hell”- “despite people being damned, they are not damned because G-d saves them through grace”. After reading the first statement he begins to dislike G-d even more and feel even more depressed since this was the attitude and mindset from his home. After