The Reformation And Its Effects On The World

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The Reformation and its Effects on the World.
“Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place (Luther).” With these words Luther began the long war against the Catholic Church, that would later become known as the protestant Reformation. It would be one of the largest forces of change that Europe faced. The Reformation would not only change theology, but also spawn wars and colonization. The reformation Changed Europe 's Theology drastically. Before the Reformation Europe was stuck in a spiritual drought. The Church instead of ministering to the poor and spreading the Gospel, taxed the poor and killed the unsaved. There were several doctrines of the Church that the reformation changed: purgatory and indulgences, patron saints, salvation by faith and works, and celibacy. The Catholic Church taught that when a saved person died he went to purgatory. Purgatory is basically a place in which all the unpaid sins are purified by fire until the person is cleansed of the sin. The Church taught that the time spent in purgatory could be reduced by buying indulgences and that they could also reduce the time spent by others in purgatory. Purgatory is solely based on one scripture in context and many others taken out of context.
Luther directly attacked purgatory…
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