Martin Luther King Jr.: Self-Reliance to Misunderstanding

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Self Reliance to Misunderstanding
“To be great is to be misunderstood.” Martin Luther was a great and misunderstood man. He caused a great change in history, and made many turn their backs on the Roman Catholic Church and toward something new.

Luther was raised as a peasant and his father was determined to having his son bring honor to the family. In 1501 at the age of seventeen he entered the University of Erfurt. He earned a Bachelor degree in one year and then in three years he received a Masters Degree. But in the summer of 1505 as Luther was walking home from school, a lightning bold struck near him. He was terrified and cried out, “Help, St. Anne! I’ll become a monk!” He didn’t get struck, but regretting his words he dropped out of school and entered a monastery.

Against his fathers wishes Luther dedicated himself to the life of a monk; beginning his life of self-reliance. He only put effort toward serving God with good works and to serve others with prayer. But was never was able to gain peace with God. The more he looked in himself, the more he saw his sinning nature. Luther’s superior concluded that Luther needed more work to distract him from pondering himself. In 1507 Luther was ordained to the priesthood, and in 1508 he began teaching theology at the University of Wittenberg the same year he earned his Bachelors in Biblical Studies and a Bachelors in Sentences by Peter Lombard.

Luther studied the scriptures in depth, and was convinced that the Church had lost sight of several central truths. In 1517, Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg due to the selling of indulgences, and accused the Roman Catholic Church of corruption and heresy. Luther was summoned to the Diet of Worms and was shown all his writings, and asked if he still believed in what his words taught. He asked for time to make his decision. They granted him time and he consulted friends, prayed, and meditated. When asked the same question the next day he...
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