Martin Luther 1483-1546
While I’m not a religious person (I’d like to see them all banned), one cannot deny that Martin Luther opened the door for the oppressed in Europe.
It was on this day in 1483 that Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany.
This was during a time in which the Catholic Church tortured and murdered people for merely questioning their interpretation of the Bible. However, Luther’s main problem with Rome was indulgences; money that parishioners had to give to the Church so that St. Peter’s Basilica could be built.
Luther also had a problem with the Church’s hypocrisy regarding marriage. He knew that there were priests who were married, and there was nothing in the Bible which stated that a holy man of God was required to remain celibate. In fact, 1 Corinthians 7:9 states that people should be allowed to marry if they cannot control their urges.
Hence, the 42-year-old Martin found and married a nun by the name of Katherine Von Bora, 26.
The funny thing is that this was not the career choice that his father, Hans, had planned out for his son, Martin. Martin was supposed to be a lawyer. Hans was livid when Martin threw that away to become a monk.
Hans never came to terms with his son’s decision.
Luther risked his life during a time when others were being boiled and burned for even suggesting that the common man should have access to it, and he was really asking for it when he nailed the 95 Theses on the door of his church in Wittenburg, Germany.
This act officially made Luther a heretic by decree of the Vatican.
However, Luther never intended to start his own wing of the Christian church. He had hoped that Rome would seek reconciliation, which has not happened to this very day.
Luther constantly lived incognito and in several different different places. He had disguised himself as a knight to avoid arrest by Rome’s authorities, and he did all of this while raising a family.
This fucker had brass balls.
In the end, it wasn’t Rome that took him down, but illness in 1546, at the age of 62. His denomination is one of the more liberal ones as far as Christianity is concerned, as the doctrine of Lutheranism is simply to believe in the death and resurrection of Christ for one’s sins.
While some Lutherans also state baptism as a requirement, one has to think about a baby who dies minutes after birth, don’t tell me you believe that child’s going to Hell! Are you kidding me?
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