Martin Luther - Creator of a Revolution

Martin Luther did not originally set out to be a revolutionary figure. This was a man who knew what he believed in, and stood by those beliefs no matter what was thrown at him. Because of this, he ended up changing the face of religion as we know it today. Beginning with his 95 Theses, Martin Luther made clear to the public and to the Roman church what he thought of the Catholic religion and how it had been marred by the church leaders to suit their own needs. His criticisms of society had to do with the fact that the bible makes no mention of a large number of sacraments, only two, which were Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Luther believed that all of the other sacraments promoted by the church were indeed inventions by the church and only there for its own benefit. Luther believed that people needed to have a relationship with God rather than with the clergy. There was no need for a “middle man” in religion, because “all of the faithful are God’s priests”. Because he believed that he was in fact battling the very devil inside the Catholic church, Luther came up with a whole new system of faith, which ended up being a revolutionary thing. The invention of the printing press assisted Luther in the spreading of his word and new ideals, gaining him a large audience. The pamphlets he put out told the public that he believed that the Roman papacy was draining the European nations of money for its own needs, and that giving in to it was a waste of German money. Along with this, he tried to convince the Germans to stand up against their Roman rulers with force, because all people had a role to play in their religion and society, not just the leaders. Luther’s beliefs attracted him a great amount of both positive and negative attention. He was almost excommunicated from the church and society by the Pope, but he also had supporters in high places, especially Frederick the Wise of Saxony, who was his protector. Luther’s ideas reached a boiling point April 16, 1521 when he stood before a conference of the greatest powers of Europe including the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, and was told to recant what he had previously said. Luther, however, remained strong and true to his principles and beliefs, he refused to recant. Martin Luther is a primary example of someone who saw a problem both within their society and their religion, and who stood up against authority for what he believed was right. He was just one man, an individual standing up for something much larger than himself, even in the face of excommunication or death. His ideas spread like wildfire, having repercussions he himself could have never imagined. His teachings had lead to an unstoppable rebellion which changed the religious world forever. Even when he himself tried to stop or slow down this revolution, he could not. It was too big and too important at that point to be stopped. Because of the conviction of this one man, Martin Luther, the world today has one of its most prominent religions.

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