He went into the religious life due to the fact that he felt that he would never earn his eternal salvation. He didn't feel that all of the prayer, studying and sacraments were enough. Therefore, Luther felt that he would never be able to satisfy such a judging God. Not being able to satisfy this God meant eternal damnation. After entering the religious life he later became an Augustinian monk and entered the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt in July of 1505.
Emily Cavanaugh Tunstead Social Studies 9 March 10, 2014 Martin Luther: The Protestant Reformation According to Martin Luther, "every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying." Martin changed the way people viewed their religion and the churches. He believed in the separation of church and state, he also believed people could ask for forgiveness from God themselves. Furthermore, he thought the church couldn’t forgive your sins; it was only God who could. While overall, starting the Protestant Reformation.
By doing this, Luther was challenging the Church’s teachings and views about indulgences. Many people listened to Luther and his explanation as to why the purchase of indulgences was wrong. Other points Luther makes in his 95 Theses are that the Pope has no power over Purgatory and that buying indulgences gives people false hope and a false sense of security. In 1517, he nailed his famous 95 Theses to the doors of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. In the 95 Theses, Luther questions the Church and proposes a debate.
Through the eras of the Middle Ages, many Protestants demanded to have a personal relationship with God without the influence of the Catholic Church. The Protestants started to think for themselves as a religion, and Martin Luther first paved the way. Martin Luther first visited Wittenberg, Germany, and made a list of complaints that he had with the Catholic Church. A short while after, he published his list of complaints to the door of a German church, and they were called the Ninety-Five Theses. In response, Pope Leo X excommunicated Luther in 1521.
In 1521, Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X. Luther was then ordered to appear before a council which demanded that he retract his teachings. Luther intern stated that unless he was inspired to do so by scripture he would not "since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience." Possible the most important contribution of Luther to society was his translation of the Bible into German. This made it possible for those who were not fluent in Greek to study the Word of God. Luther also wrote another influential work, Small Catechism of 1529, which was also known as the layman's Bible.
He thought that God would forgive one if forgiveness through Him was sought, also in faith alone rather than doing good deeds in life. Luther actually debated with Cardinal Thomas Cajetan about his 95 theses for three days before returning back to the castle that he was currently living at. The 95 theses was a number of provocative statements or questions directed towards the Catholic Church. Many of these questions were directed toward indulgences. In the 1500s Luther was seen as a radical and a heretic.
Luther felt that these injustuces should be brought to light and dealt with and then the Church should reform. With this idea he wrote The Ninety-five Theses, which were a series of wrongs committed by the church and the things they needed to do to change. This was originally supposed to be simply ideas put up for discussion among his peers in the Church, but very quickly this document spread like a wild fire and set the church a flame. The Ninety-five Theses included the ideas that, “The pope cannot remit any guilt...The dying are freed by death from all penalties...The pope (cannot) grant remission to souls in purgatory...” He basically concluded that the Church did not have all the powers they claimed to have. They lied and cheated for money.
Martin Luther had no intentions on leaving the Catholic Church. Luther wanted the Augustinians to see the truths he quoted from the Bible and to make some changes to better the church. Luther had doubts of his own “personal unworthiness (Merriman100)”. He thought a lot about sin. He did not know if he was a sinner his self at times.
The selling of indulgence troubled Luther, he thought people were ignorant to believe that they didn’t have to repent after they bought an indulgence. Martin Luther was a friar very devoted to the Church but after analyzing all these aspects he decided to do something about it. On October 31, 1517 he attached to the door of Wittenberg Castle a list of 95 theses or propositions on indulgences. These theses criticized papal policies and were objections about he church put on hold for discussion.
Luther thought indulgences had no real base in the bible. An indulgence was thought to be a lessining of time a soul had to spend in purgatory. The Church also got greedy.The Church started increasing fees for things like baptisms, and weddings. Some people may be wondering, why did the Church need so m... ... middle of paper ... ...everything I did involving the Roman Catholic Church was great, not everyone agreed with me. One person who didn't agree with me was Pope Leo X.