Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner A Presentation on Martin Luther By: Kat Zimmermann

"You are not responsible for what you say, but also what you do not say." - Martin Luther

These images represent Martin Luther as a sinner. Martin Luther did many things through the church and to better the church, as he thought things should be. He created an index of things he the church could do to better the church, this work was his 95 Theses. (left image). These theses were nailed to the church in an effort to change the church. Each one had Martin Luther's own ideas on a way to change the church for the better. One of the main focuses was on the Indulgences, which Luther despised and wanted to convince others that the were useless and there were better ways for the church to make money. Luther was also considered a sinner because he spoke his mind often and it was against the church and the norm. Much like his name sake, Martin Luther King Jr., Martin Luther spoke out against what was considered the norm and spoke about his own personal beliefs (top right image). Individuality was just becoming acceptable, but during the Reformation the church was trying to pull people together as a whole and not have people speaking their own minds. Although, the way he shared his opinions did not make him a "sinner" he was not considered a "saving grace" by the church because of his opinions and how they opposed the church. Martin Luther tended to stay truthful to the church, but also ignore the wishes of the Pope. He believed that the Bible was the center of religious authority, not the Pope, therefore he wanted others to be able to understand and read the Bible for themselves. Luther translated the Bible into the vernacular, so that the people of the church could comprehend and assimilate the Bible for themselves (bottom right image). The church was very opposed to this idea because then the people of the church could argue with the Pope or priest about the meaning of the different scriptures and they will not be able to use the Bible in their favor.
Martin Luther was could have been considered a saint as well. Many of the same examples of him being a sinner pertain to him being a saint too. These include his 95 Theses. The theses were Luther's hope to bring the people of the church together to make the church an even better symbol of Christianity. He wanted more people to believe in the power of God and the power of personal faith. He wanted people to believe it was their good deeds that got them out of trouble not the Indulgences they purchased that would only benefit the church. He wanted people to believe God choose them because they were good and were saved from their sins. The Bible was another reason that Luther could have been considered a saint. Although the Pope and high class members of the church would not have been happy with Luther's decision to translate the Bible into the Vernacular, it made it so that common people could understand the word of God. People who were less educated could believe that God was with them at all times and could feel the presence of God because they could read the Bible for themselves. Martin Luther could have also been considered saint because he was fully devoted to the church and the well being of the church, just in a different way than the norm at that time. He believed in Gad and all God's doings. He believed everything had a purpose and the God had a purpose for everything. He believed in the words of the Bible and followed his heart when it came to his faith, many people now follow in his footsteps and believe in his ways of believing in his faith.

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