A Protestant in GermanyBetween 1500-1600
My name is Martin. I am atheologian who has forever changed Christianity when I started theprotestant reformation. I was born on November 10th, 1483 in placecalled Eisleben, in Germany. In 1484, my family relocated to a towncalled Mansfeld.
When I turned seven years, Iwas enrolled in a school in Mansfeld. Seven years later, when Iturned 14, in 1497, I was taken to Magdeburg where I continued mystudies. I returned to Eisleben in a school there in 1498 where Istudied grammar rhetoric and logic. In 1501, I joined the Universityof Erfurt. I received my Master of Arts degree in grammar, rhetoric,logic and metaphysics from the same university. At this time, myfather knew I was on the way of becoming a lawyer just as he hadwanted. But things took a different turn in July 1505.
In July 1505, I had anexperience that changed my line of course. It was raining heavilyaccompanied by horrifying thunderstorm. There was a patron for theminers who was called St. Anne (Brautigam par). Since I feared for mylife, I cried out to St. Anne to save me. I told her if she saved meand I would become a monk. To my surprise, the storm subsided! Ibecame a monk.
In 1510, I was given a chanceto delegate a church conference in Rome. The experience I witnessedin Rome among the Catholic Priests with their immorality andcorruption left me so discouraged and disappointed. When I became aprofessor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, I studied thescriptures and there I had my spiritual enlightenment. I read thebook of Romans and there I realized that the importance to spiritualsalvation was not to be enslaved by religious propaganda but tobelieve that faith is what brings salvation. I began a reformationprocess that changed my people`s life as well as mine. In 1517, Ipinned a theses paper containing 95 points on the door of theuniversity`s chapel. I wrote more copies with the help of print pressand in two weeks, they were all over Germany. I spread these thesesthrough messengers and myself and in two months, the whole of Europehad known my theses (Pettegree, par).
In October 1518, the popeordered me to recant my 95 theses at a meeting with Cardinal ThomasCajestan. I refused. I told the pope that the scripture cannot betainted. There was shouting and I was excommunicated from the churchultimately. Even though I continued lecturing at the university, Ipublicly said that pope was not given the right to interpret thescripture just because he was a pope. On June 15, 1520, I was givenan excommunication threat by the pope. I burned the letter in public10th of December. I was officially excommunicated from the RomanCatholic Church in January 1521. In the same year in March, the Dietof Worms Summoned me to recant my thesis but I refused. My writingswere banned by the council on May 8. I became the most wanted man. Itranslated the New Testament into the German while I was segregated.I wanted all people to read the word of God. I returned to Wittenberguniversity church in Eisenach in May 1522 in a miraculous way. Ibegan a new church hence the reformation of Christianity.
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