Taking a Look at Lutheranism

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“If you don’t believe in God, you had better hope your right!” All religions basically believe in one God. Lutheranism is no exception, and as it just so happens it is very close to the Catholic religion I practice. This paper will attempt to explain the Lutheran Church and how it came to be. Martin Luther, a German monk, known to many as the “Father of Reformation” did not initially or intentionally, start the Lutheran religion. However, his teachings became the cornerstone of what is known today as the Lutheran Religion. Marting Luther was born in Germany in 1483, became a monk, got ordained in 1507 then began to teach at the University of Wittenberg. Even though Martin Luther was ordained in the Catholic Church he became torn as some…show more content…
If his right to grant remission in these cases were disregarded, the guilt would certainly remain unforgiven. 2. God remits guilt to no one unless at the same time he humbles him in all things and makes him submissive to the vicar, the priest. 3. The penitential canons are imposed only on the living, and, according to the canons themselves, nothing should be imposed on the dying. 4. Therefore the Holy Spirit through the pope is kind to us insofar as the pope in his decrees always makes exception of the article of death and of necessity.” http://www.biblestudytools.com/history/creeds-confessions/luther-95-theses.html The gist of the Theses were to protest, challenge and deny certain aspects of what was going on in the church. Martin Luther’s became very popular and as his ideas of reform became more and more popular, the Pope threatened Luther to stop or face excommunication. Martin did not conform and in 1521 Martin was excommunicated by the Pope. Hence the beginning of the Lutheran Religion. In the beginning people did not initially want to be called Lutherans they like to be referred to as Evangelicals but their opponents called them Lutheran’s after the reformer Martin Luther, and the name stuck. As far as the important rituals and sacraments in the Lutheran Church, many mimic the Catholic Church. However the Lutheran Church only has two sacraments where the Catholic Church has seven including, baptism, confirmation, confession, Last Supper, marriage,

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