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).