Protestant Reformation and Excommunicated Martin Luther Essay

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Martin Luther was born to Hans and Margaretha Luther on the 10th of November, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany. Martin started off life as a simple peasant in a miner’s family, but Hans Luther, Martin’s dad, knew that mining was a tough business and wanted a better future for his son. At age 7 Martin Luther entered a school in Mansfeld, and at age 14 he went to north Magdeburg, where he studied to become a lawyer. In 1501, Martin Luther entered the University of Erfurt, where he received a Master of Arts degree, and at that time, he seemed to be destined to actually become a lawyer. However, in July 1505, Luther had an extraordinary life-changing experience that set him on his course to become one of the most famous Christian reformers of all time. Although Martin Luther’s idea of becoming a monk was greatly opposed by his father, he felt that it was his destiny to be a person of God. The first few years Martin Luther spent in a monastery were difficult for him, and he didn’t necessarily experience the religious enlightenment he had hoped to find. At the age of 27, Martin Luther was offered an opportunity to be a delegate to a church conference in Rome, but left later because of the corruption and spiritual immorality he witnessed among the Catholic priests. He later enrolled in the University of Wittenburg to try and suppress his religious turmoil. Martin Luther eventually received a doctorate and became a professor at the university. Beginning in 1513, Martin began to teach the word of God, and one day, Martin read his lecture on the Epistle of Paul to the Romans, he read, “the just will live by faith”. He turned this statement over and over in his mind and finally came to the idea that the key to spiritual salvation was not to fear God or rigorously practice religious dogma, but to just have faith and faith alone will bring salvation. This realization changed Martin Luther’s life and set him on the course of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, after being fed up with the corruption and immorality of the Catholic Church, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenburg, accusing the Catholic Church of heresy and religious immorality. These ninety-five theses contained strong critiques and opposition towards the selling of indulgences and how they were corrupting people’s faith.