In regards to indulgences luther is in great

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spread the Word to other Catholics. In regards to indulgences, Luther is in great opposition to the idea of people giving payments to the church in order to attain salvation and acceptance into the gates of Heaven. In his thirty-second point, he warns people not to act carefree as a result of donating money to the church, as he will become damned if this occurs . One should not find it so easy to attain grace by doing something such as giving mere payments. He also mentions in point thirty-six that one who is truly remorseful would strive to remove these sins from guilt and other consequences rather than buying them off through the indulgences (Janz 90). God does not determine a person’s fate through enticement; doing so would be a sinful act. What I generally appreciated within Luther’s beliefs had been his ability to pick out what had been unnecessary and what needed to be more accentuated within the
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Roman Catholic Church. What he had chosen to prioritize and remove was justified with valid reasoning, which can be seen by his works. He stresses on the importance of prayer, as he finds it being abused or misunderstood. Prayer is our most personal connection to God, as he is always listening. In addition, when one prays the Our Father, it is favorable to understand what is being said (Luther 218). However, something that should be toned down within the church is the extravagance of the role of clerics. Referring back to his three walls, Luther does this in representation of the barriers of the true practice of the Catholic Church. All three express the undeserved authority of the popes. Martin Luther’s ability to speak against an entire religion while still applying the orthodox values that the Roman Catholic Church followed had been a shrewd approach that he had taken when he went against the pope. Although it had resulted in him being called a heretic, the points he raised against the church had appealed to a mass number of people who had not previously taken notice to such issues. Many arguments that he had made were reforms to either more strongly focus on certain aspects or to reduce them. His ideas ultimately strived to bring people away from distractions and closer to God, which is how religion should truly be depicted. Therefore, Luther’s ideology for deciding to reform the church had appealed to me more over Calvin’s.
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Works Cited Janz, Denis R. A Reformation Reader . Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008. Print. Luther, Martin. "On Prayer and the First Three Petition's of the Lord's Prayer." Print. Rpt. in Sermons of the Catechism . 215-29. Print. Luther, Martin. Three Treatises . Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1970. Print. New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986
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