Martin Luther sparked a revolution in not only Europe, but around the world. He questioned the functioning of the Catholic Church, which was one of the biggest religious groups in the world. He did not originally plan to create such a large difference in the world, but openly critique something or some group that had some of the most powerful people in all of Europe. Luther originally intended to talk about the economic power and guilt that the Roman Catholic had. He was branded as a heretic and had many threats on his life, and he was not the first, nor the last to be condemned by the Catholic church. The threat of execution was a grave and very possible one, especially because of the popularity that his works had gained.

His beliefs became ever the more stronger and because of this, he was also threatened with the idea of excommunication, sentencing him to an afterlife in hell. While this happened, his use of the printing press started to send his word to many people that may have been unreachable at the time. He wanted to have people think and/or know that the every day citizen was important and had a stake in their church and religious beliefs. This meant that many of the beliefs that the Catholic Church had, was by selling indulgences, threatening eternal damnation or everlasting life by those who could quite literally play for their sins.

Although his main focus in all of the things he did during his creation of the 95 Theses and statements were of religious meaning, these beliefs had an importance in also criticizing and trying to change German society. At the time, Germany was ruled by the Holy Roman Empire, meaning that there were small leaders in towns and states, but did not have any large power in their country. Luther's beliefs wanted to remove the immense wealth that the Catholic church had by giving it to the people that did not have money. The people that lacked wealth were constantly threatened with the salvation of their souls, and they were usually those that were paying into the indulgences.

Luther was very intense in his writing, and made many intense statements, that may still be difficult to have someone say. He likens the Pope to being taken in by Satan. This was a big statement that definitely could have ended his life, and could now be likened to one verbally attacking a politician, and at that time, the Pope was nearly a politician, which is a big social issue.

He believed that the seven sacraments were not needed and that no one needed a religious figure to be in charge or allowing someone to be able to find salvation. Luther wanted people to have the individual be in charge of what their afterlife will have in store.

Luther did not believe in his own excommunication, and he did so by burning it and declared his denial of recanting and his beliefs. He was going to continue his styles of religion, that would later become the Lutheran faith, a part of Protestantism. Luther's beliefs not only changed the lives of those that lived in the Holy Roman Empire, but those in today's day and age. He was celebrated then, and people still celebrate his beliefs. This is important, and it allows the single belief of one person to be shown how it can change a greater amount of people, and not use it in a harmful way, but one that will help those move through their lives happier and hopefully find a sense of peace for their future.

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