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Martin Luthers development of his theology Lutheranism took many years of Biblical studies monastic living and inner soul searching Luther had been designated by his father to be a lawyer He pursued this wish by attending the University of Erfurt a university that was considered to be the best and a university in which religion played a dominant role In 1505 he passed his Masters exam and received his degree of Law Also in 1505 Luther had an intense spiritual experience a bolt of lightning struck him down In his fear he pleaded with St Anne to spare his life and in return he will devote his life to the monastery It is here that I will explain how he developed his theology In the fall of 1506 Luther entered the Augustinian Order as he had promised St Anne and was a monk for the next twenty or so years While he was a monk he became concerned with the impending question How can I be saved He was faithful in his obedience to his order and performed the spiritual requirements with a reverence As Luther stated If ever a monk came to heaven through monkery it should have been I But Luther thought of himself as unworthy in Gods eyes God was stern and to be feared he was at the mercy of a relentless judge and he had no possibility of appeal How could this God be the just God that is spoken of in the scriptures when He set forth-impossible requirements for a human to achieve to attain salvation He was deeply troubled in the fact that he went against his fathers wishes for him to be a lawyer for he broke the fourth commandment honor thy father and mother It seemed to Martin that the harder he tried to attain salvation and get close to his God the farther away he was In Luthers search for inner-spirituality another
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