Martin Luther And The Catholic Church

Martin Luther is an extremely important and innovative religious figure through out history. In the early 1500’s he created quite a stir through out the Catholic Church and proceeded to not only make a name for him; however, he also began to alienate himself from the rest of the growing reform. His teachings did not directly contradict everything that the church was teaching; yet, it did make some bold statements about the way that people viewed their individual entry in to heaven. The greatest claims that Martin Luther made in regards to the practices of the Catholic church include the fact that one’s purity could not be justified with monetary donations to the church, and one’s entry in to heaven could not be bargained for with intentional benevolent deeds. These claims brought about a lot of judgment and displeased reactions to his boldness and the way he interpreted the scripture.

He was a really ground breaking religious figure in the 1500’s. He was one of the first priests to ever get married, he created hymns that were designed to inspire churchgoers to sing through out church services, and he eventually had a following of people who called themselves Lutherans. This was the beginning of the implementation of the teachings of the Bible according to Martin Luther. From his studies, to his missions, to his eventual teachings of the holy word, he pulled from his personal experiences in life to make what he believed to be a more relatable understanding of the Bible. Even though he was still teaching people to be good to each other, and follow the word of the Bible, in 1521 Martin Luther was effectively excommunicated from the church for going against the grain. The evaluators of his behavior at the Diet of Worms even went so far as to call his teachings as being similar to that of a heretic. It was sad that he was being punished for practicing his interpretation of his faith and the documents of his faith; however, this was how the world functioned so many centuries ago.

In the 1520’s Martin Luther became a common name in the reform of his beliefs and understandings of the practices of the Catholic Church. It took a long time for his beliefs to gain a following. However, today one can practice as a Lutheran and follow all of the teachings and interpretations of the Bible according to Martin Luther.