On November 10, 1483, Martin Luther was born to Hans and Margarethe Luther in Isleben, Germany.1 At this time Germany was part of the Holy Roman Empire. Hans Luther had high ambitions of his son becoming a lawyer, but was disappointed when Martin dropped out of law school and entered an Augustinian friary in Erfurt.2 Martin believed that a career in law offered uncertainty and many of his later works prove this theology.
Martin Luther was very dedicated to his life in the monastery. He devoted his life to long hours of prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and confession.3 Luther even said: “if ever a monk got to Heaven by his monastic discipline, I shall be he.”4 Martin Luther believed that he was the idealistic monk. He was very obedient and lived his life for God every day. He continued his work as a monk until he became sick.5 The more obsessive Luther became with living life of discipline, chastity, and obedience, the further his relationship with God ventured. At this point in time, he was leading a life of “deep spiritual despair.”6 He said, “I lost touch with Christ the Savior and Comforter, and made him the jailor and hangman of my poor soul.”7 These ideas helped him formulate his idea of salvation through faith alone.
Martin Luther saw how living in a monastery affected his health and relationship with God, which ultimately helped him realize errors in the Catholic ideology. At first... [continues]
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