Luther’s Surprising Success

 

Church during 16 th century was corrupted. Popes and Bishops were money-driven;

the “Ticket to Heaven” was sold at high prices, along with those for deceased. In some texts,

it is said that some churches chose their disciples by the amount of money they paid to the

church. It was during this era of corrupted church that Martin Luther the monk stood up to

reform the church for innocent people stripped of money by their own church. However, I

wonder why it was so easy to turn common people away from the church when the Church

was in its peak of power. There are some questionable features of the reformation and some

possible reason for the people to follow Luther.

As it is mentioned in the paragraph above, the Church was very powerful in the 16th

century. There were many unnecessarily big, castle-like churches that Popes reigned in.

Churches, in their own way, were castles, and the Pope, the king. Luther was a monk who

lived in a monastery along with many other monks who carry on their religious beliefs

through labor and suffering. He was just like any other monk, except he was more passionate

in showing and taking action based on his Christian beliefs. How was Luther able to be brave

enough to protest against the powerful, corrupted Church? There was a strong motivation in

the city of Rome: he saw the Chur

ch tricking and taking advantage of its innocent followers,

selling a “mere piece of paper that would supposedly ascertain the bearer into heaven” called

papacy (“Martin Luther”). In one video I
paper, and then realized it was just a piece of paper, although I am not sure if this is true orwatched about Luther, Luther himself bought the

dramatized. Luther perhaps might have started his Protestant Reformation thinking that for

all those years of his belief, the Church had deceived him.

Another question is, why did the people turn away from the Church? When enraged

Luther sent his Ninety-five Thesis to the C

hurch on 31 October 1517, reformation was not

news. There were a few attempts of Church reformation throughout Europe before 16th

century, such as that of southern France in tenth century (Tracy 3).

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