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Martin Luther A Simple Pilgrim not a Revolutionary Martin Luthers actions lead to the collapse of the most powerful institution of early modern Europe the Catholic Church but they were in reality only Luthers own search for an answer to salvation Luther never had interest in revolution or in anyway being a public revolutionary His life was devoted to god and to the scripture he even became a monk Luther desired to discover the true word of the scripture for in it he believed he could find the answer to salvation Even Luthers conflict with the church was not due to a thirst for revolution but only due to his unwavering commitment to uphold what he believed to be the true just word of the bible Furthermore Martin Luther had no interest in revolution of any type When the German peasants looked to him for support he offered nothing but scorn Luther wished only to reform his beloved church He believed revolution was against the word of god Martin Luther became a monk at the age of 21 The life of a monk during Luthers time was hard but he did not falter Luthers time at the monastery molded him and above all he developed a close relationship with the bible Luther took monasticism very seriously he observed the rules of his order and even imposed additional rules of his own Luther tortured himself with praying fasting keeping vigils and freezing He described it as inflicting on myself such pain as I would never inflict again Ricker 50 Luther did all of this due to his belief that he must satisfy a judging god And not being able to satisfy such a god would lead to nothing short of eternal damnation No matter what he did Luther could not get rid of his feeling of sinfulness Luther soon realized that it was not possible for a man to be without sin One could
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