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.
There were reasons; reformers, both inside and outside of the church, sought changes in both doctrine and practice not easily absorbed. Luther’s key reason for posting the theses was to protest the church for indulgences. Luther did not think it was honorable that the church made people pay money for getting their sins forgiven. The church reasserted the Pope’s infallibility, Priest, Nuns, painting, relics, stained glasses, statues, sacraments, and the Holy Mary, however, the church did not reassert the cost of money for having sins forgiven. The Catholics counter argument for Martin Luther’s argument about Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide was that everyone needs the scriptures and needs faith but alone one cannot reach salvation because people need to act on God's word and act on their faith; actions speak louder than words.
In his words, “Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better deed than he who buys indulgences.” This was a dominate practice in the church and they used the indulgences to make the Church extravagantly beautiful. Roman Catholicism and Protestantism have quite a few religious belief differences. A major difference is the Catholics believe that if you sin you can pay indulgences to the Church to help keep you out of purgatory. However, Luther did not agree with this, he believed, “salvation was by faith rather than by works and to denounce the Church’s practices of selling indulgences.” He did not think it was necessary for the pope, priests, saints or Mary to intervene and that everyone can have their own personal relationship with Christ. Martin Luther claims, “The bible is the sole authority for Christians.
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.
Martin Luther and the Break With Rome Martin Luther began as a simple Augustinian Friar in the Roman Catholic Church, the reigning power of Western Europe for hundreds of years, and he soon became the leader of the most important stand against the Catholic Church. I call Luther’s actions a stand rather than a revolt because he did not willingly mean to disrespect the entire church or even start a new denomination of Christianity, he was only trying to bring truth to it. Luther published writings such as The Ninety-five Theses, Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation and A Treatise on Christian Liberty, all which produced outrage in the Church for the fact that it blatantly accused the clerics, and especially the pope, of many wrong doings in their practice. Luther belonged to a church in Wittenburg, Germany and here he was a scholar as well as a priest. He, like many others, came to notice the corruption in the Church.
He wanted to show the Catholic Church where they were wrong in their teaching of God's word. This did not make many members of the church very happy. No one, especially a priest, wants to be told that they've been worshiping wrong. They truly believed that their practices were exactly the way the Bible and God said they should be. In fact, they wanted Martin to shut up and forget this foolery of his.
First beginning when Martin Luther went to Rome in 1510 to go to a monastery, he realized that it was a, “breeding ground for corruption,” meaning ... ... middle of paper ... ...find anything. The churches plan was now to excommunicate Martin and his followers, but the Reformation was spreading too quickly. Many people were no longer Christians, they starting following Martin and reading and examining the Bible. It took many of years for people to understand and start to follow Martin in this Reformation. (The 95) Martin Luther once said, “Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I pray from the depths of my heart.” I believe Martin was trying to say that anyone could pray no matter where you are, and you don’t always have to be inside a church, or with a priest.
The way that Luther taught Scripture was incredible important. This was the way that the Reformation was formed. Luther didn’t really believe in the idea of purgatory. He said the selling of indulgences, and penances would never be able to lead to true salvation. He made many heretical statements.
Both of them however reject the idea of salvation, by good works alone and deny the special status of the priests. Priests should not live a lavish lifestyle so that they may relate more with the common folk. So, in conclusion John Calvin and Martin Luther have many different ideas. It is thought that the generation gap between John Calvin and Martin Luther contributed to some of the their philosophical differences. Even though, both men had few similar beliefs, they both felt strongly about the need to change The Catholic Church for the better.
The Roman Catholic Church began to realize they were in trouble, because Martin Luther’s mission to expose the church 's . He said what many people within the church were thinking. The Roman Catholic Church’s faults became impossible to hide and they struggled to keep members. Overall, Martin Luther pointed out the faults of the church and then explained what he believes; he created a movement to end the corruption of the Catholic Church. His belief of having a relationship with god versus developing a relationship with God through a priest made people feel that they could have control over their religious beliefs.