Martin Luther Dark Side???? Or Light Side????

The Dark Side: The Side of Sin and Evil

Martin Luther was the beginning of a whole new time period, a time when people from all walks of life began to break away from the pomp and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church, as seen in the above artwork. This was a whole new concept, and, as Luther was leading people, rather unintentionally away from the church, a sure to be sinner's concept.

One of the things that Martin Luther seemed to have despised, was the Renaissance's life style. He found the bursts of artwork and creativity, as shown above in Michelangelo's gorgeous Sistine Chapel, to be detrimental to a true Christians lifestyle, and downright sinful. He despised this good creative flow, and tried to discourage it through his writings, like a different, previous Church figure Savonarola. However, if Luther is Darth Maul, Savonarola is bad enough to be the Emperor Palpatine himself!

Martin Luther also taught that the hate and fearful despise people would feel against the Church on their deathbeds was a way to make up for their sinful lives, and go to heaven with the man who had died for their sins, Jesus Christ. Because he was teaching hate, Luther was definitely sinful and most certainly on the Dark Side.

The Light Side: The Side of Saints and Goodness

Despite all the morally questionable things Martin Luther was preaching, he did wish to stop the outrageous buying of indulgences. The above letter, which begs the pope for those indulgences, enough for a whole parish, would have seemed quite disrespectful. Luther saw that the Church was only using the indulgences to make money, and therefore Luther saw their scheme as evil. He tried to discourage it, and fought on his own Light Side.

The picture above features two of the most corrupt in the Church's History, Pope Leo X, and the cardinal who would later become Pope Clementine VII. These are the Popes which Luther Lived under. He saw how much money the Church officials were making, and tried to convince them, through his 95 Theses, to give the majority of it to the poor. A noble and good cause.

The final, and in my opinion the best good thing Martin Luther did was preach kindness. He urged people to remember that Jesus had told them to be kind to one another, and told them that helping others was a better way to relieve sin than indulgences. Luther acted saint-like as he preached these values.

By Nicole Tranchemontagne


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