Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the church door.
On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door. His 95 theses is a list of 95 complaints about the church that he had and wanted to change. This picture shows him nailing the list to the door. I think writing the 95 theses and putting it on the church door makes Martin Luther a saint. Although is was a rebellious thing to do, he was trying to do something good for the people. It was a way of standing up for what he believed it and trying to make things better for the people as well. He was simply trying to make the church better by giving them ideas on what to change.
Martin Luther believed that as long as you had faith in the church, you could still sin and go to heaven. He said, "Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides... No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day." This quote explains his belief that even if you sin, that will not separate you from God and you still have the chance of going to heaven as along as you have faith in the church. This makes Luther a sinner because he is telling people that it is acceptable to do bad things, and that he most likely has too. This does not make a good role model for the people. He should be telling people to do the right things and also count on the church.
Martin Luther founded a completely new type of Christianity called Protestantism. Protestantism influenced the economical, social, political, and cultural life of the area. This new "religion" gave people more beliefs to choose from. Creating a new religion means that their will be more people with different beliefs. This makes Luther a saint because it is providing more information for the people to follow.
Although Luther believed that sinning was okay, he also believed in baptism. Believing in baptism was a good thing because it was said to "cleanse your sins". So for example, if you sinned, you could be baptized. This shows how Luther was a saint because it was clear that he wanted people to be forgiven of their sins and not have to live with it. By believing in it, he is saying that he respects if the people get baptized.
Luther believed that a saint was considered someone who was a "forgiven sinner". By believing this, he is saying that everyone is a sinner, whether they were forgiven or not. Just because God forgave you, does not mean you are completely a saint. Since Luther knew that everyone sins and even if you do, you can still be a saint, makes him a sinner. Thinking it is okay to easily forget your sins is not good. This makes Luther a sinner because it shows that he does not want the people to live with regrets.
One of the most important reasons why he can be considered a sinner is because he had troubling finding peace with God. Once he started praying and dedicating more of his time to the church, he began to realize how much of a sinner he really was. Luther started living a monastic lifestyle. A monastic lifestyle is living to do good things to please God and other people through praying for their souls. This shows that Luther was a sinner. As much as he tried to change his life for God, he realized that he had made the mistakes already.