You could say that it was the nail that changed the world and sparked the modern era (and modern religion) as we know it. Martin Luther changed the world as few others in history have — all because he held to his beliefs of what he knew in his heart to be true. He is the epitome of how one person can change the world and should be an inspiration to everyone when they question if they are making a difference in this world or not, or even how to make a difference. The answer is be true to yourself and to God, and you will change the world.
In this blog post in our continuing series on the Lutheran religion, we’ll take a look at who exactly was Martin Luther and why you should care. Faith Lutheran Church in Hesperia follows Martin Luther’s teachings, and we invite you to join us anytime, at a church service or just pop on by, to learn more!
WHO WAS MARTIN LUTHER?
Martin Luther was born in 1483 in what is now Germany. His father was a wealthy businessman who earned his living by leasing and operating copper mines and smelters. Thus, he could afford to give his son a top-notch education. He attended religious schools, which sparked his interest in becoming a monk.
However, his father wanted him to become a lawyer. It was while attending law school that Martin Luther almost was struck by lightning in a violent storm. As a result of his survival, he vowed to devote his life to God, thus beginning his monastic life. It was all of these studies on his way to receiving his doctorate and teaching biblical studies that lead to his profound theological insights that would create another huge division in the Christian church.
WHAT DID MARTIN LUTHER DO?
It’s extremely hard to quantify the religious world during the Middle Ages, but suffice it to say, the Catholic church dominated religion, world affairs, politics, and beliefs. You did not question the Catholic church if you knew what was good for you. Well, luckily, Martin Luther did not care.
In his 95 Theses, which he posted on the door of the Wittenberg Castle church, he said that salvation was through faith alone and by divine grace only. Works did not matter. This directly challenged the Catholic church’s practice of selling indulgences, which was something you could purchase to be absolved of sin.
HOW MARTIN LUTHER CHANGED THE WORLD
Martin Luther’s 95 Theses became the foundation of the Protestant Reformation that swept Europe and subsequently the world in the 1500s. Through the invention of the printing press, Luther’s ideas were disseminated to the masses. Luther was subsequently condemned as a heretic for his ideas and excommunicated from the Catholic church in 1521. He died in 1546
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH IN HESPERIA
Faith Lutheran Church is Hesperia is a Lutheran church that exists because of the foundations Martin Luther laid over 500 years ago. His work brought the church back from where it had strayed, and he endured personal hardships because of his beliefs. He spoke up for those who couldn’t, gave a voice to those who didn’t have one, and simply was true to himself and God. To learn more about discovering your voice and growing your faith, visit Faith Lutheran Church in Hesperia today!