Martin Luther became one of the most important religious figures in history. He was raised a Catholic and became a monk and a theology professor. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, but because of the corruption in the Catholic Church and his belief that the Bible should be the foundation of religious life he became a leader in the Protestant church. His teaching, speaking, and strong beliefs started a reform in the church, and a branch of the Protestant church was named after him, Lutheran. This paper will show what makes Martin Luther an important religious figure.
Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben in the Holy Roman Empire. This is now known as Eastern Germany. Martin was born into a very strict German Catholic family. His parents were Hans and Margaretha Luther. His father owned a copper mine in nearby Mansfeld. Because his father grew up poor, his father was determined to see his son grow up to be a lawyer and to bring more honors to the family. Martin ended up attending several schools located in Mansfeld, Magdeburg, and Eisenach. At seventeen Martin went to the University of Erfurt and graduated after one year and received his Bachelor’s degree. From there he went to graduate school to get his master’s degree and then he enrolled in law school. Martin ended up dropping out of law school and entered the monastery.
One day Martin Luther was returning to school when there was a very bad thunderstorm. Lightning struck close to Martin and he became very scared. At that time, he cried out to St. Anna and promised if he was protected from the storm he would become a monk. Martin Luther ended up dedicating himself to a monastic life. He wanted to do well and please God and help others through praying for their souls. He practiced fasting, praying for long hours and constant confession. It seemed like the more he tried to please God, the more he sinned. Martin knew...