Martin Luther A Saint or a sinner?

Martin Luther could be and is viewed as a saint by many. He saw what he and others thought were wrong with the Catholic Church and decided to do something about it. Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of a church. These theses stated the reformations that he felt the church should make to better itself. This is a picture of a church that clearly spent lots of time and money on this stained glass window. Many of Luther´s theses involved shifting the focus away from materialistic things and more toward a humble, modest living. In response to this, the church created Jesuits who devoted their lives to poverty and helping the poor. Martin Luther having caused this was saintly act.
Martin Luther was not the first person to have the ideas that the church needed to change. For example, John Calvin had many of these ideas that Luther did. He thought that God is the ultimate and the only one who could give forgiveness. Martin Luther thought this as well, and he was the first to so blatantly address it to the church. This picture is of a bible and represents education. Martin Luther tried very hard to work towards what he thought was better for the church, and this would be considered a saintly act among protestants.
Within the Catholic church, as pictured, these ideas were strongly considered sinful. The church had its ways and that was it. No new ideas were to be accepted into its set of rules. Luther was a huge threat to the church because it could change all the traditions within it. Any of its followers would believe that Luther and his followers were all sinners and going to Hell.

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