What do we know about Martin Luther's theses and artwork that took place during his time?

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Martin Luther's 95 Theses

In Wittenberg, where Martin Luther lived most of his life, the 95 theses can be discovered. It is a long piece of literature that contains Luther's original disputation against the Roman Catholic Church. There are numerous books which Luther wrote that supported his theological doctrine. The Pope issued a decree against him because of his books opposing the teachings of the Catholic Church, having him excommunicated over his upheaval. Pope Bull even wanted him put to death during a trial at the Diet of Worms. Luther, who refused to recant his writings, was defended by rich princes who stood up for him. His books were in fact burned at the stake, but copies of them can still be found that made it to the hands of many people. Much of what was written in those books had to do with the freedom of being a Christian in which salvation is to be obtained through faith alone. Not only did Luther write books about his objection to the Church, but he even had bibles translated throughout western Europe.



He was more than just a professor but a religious leader of the Protestant Reformation. Some people feel that the Renaissance should be credited to the Catholic Church, but was it actually Martin Luther who helped build western civilization? There is much art and literature that took place during the Renaissance. And a lot of what was written back then is what changed the shape that Europe was in, especially the 95 theses.

Michelangelo, a young talent that was discovered around his time, painted religious artworks that would become famous throughout history. The Mona Lisa Smile is a popular painting that was created by Leonardo Da Vinci close to that time as well. Art can often be told in a thousand words, which explains the key look on Luther's face, a blank expression that already knows he is guilty of sin.



He is argued by some people to be a false teacher, believing that the Catholic Church is the first church of Christ. But the Roman Catholic Church is not really the first church, rather they are the first institute of organized religion. It is the bible that tells the story of Jesus' first and second coming, particularly in the four gospels and in the book of Daniel and Revelations. To the Catholic Church, scripture is sometimes considered to be sacred, but they also consider some religious art to be sacred. Art, though, is not sacred but they may consider it to be whenever it praises their sect. They also consider their sacraments and teachings to be sacred, but they expect you to feel the same way about those teachings and the bible at the same time. But those teachings came after the bible was already being addressed as the truth and spread throughout the lands of Israel. Why should we have to feel the same way about the bible and the teachings of Catholicism?

Any art that they consider sacred is a way for them to celebrate their history, which has no future if it is not connected to the bible's starting point. However, they do seem to believe in Genesis but so does Judaism. The Jews believe in the first testament but lack the belief in the second covenant, as they believe fully on the Torah. Catholicism seems to believe in the same old testament but along with the history of Jesus dying. They seem to also have an unclear vision of the end times, so if they do not believe in revelations, then where does the gospel come into play in their belief system? Sacred art only celebrates the history of what happened according to their religion. But if their history is not equal to Christianity's, then there is no such thing as sacred art if it represents the wrong history. There are artifacts that represent what was happening within the church, such as Luther's 95 theses being discovered in a place that was once desolate.

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