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John Osbornes Luther tells the story of Martin Luther a Christian reformer of the 16th century who fails to achieve his required perfection One flaw which hinders his striving for perfection is his arrogance Moreover scrupulosity is another flaw which emerges in Luthers character Luthers arrogance and scrupulosity gives him the idea that he is a superior individual His failure to fulfill his task of reforming the Church makes him a tragic hero Luthers shortcomings produce an indelible stain upon his image therefore falling short of his desire for the perfection that God requires of him One of Martins most evident flaws is his arrogance I beg you Martin not to believe that you and you alone understand the meaning of the Gospels Dont rate your own opinion so highly so far beyond that of many other sincere and eminent men 103 Martin makes it quite obvious in his arguments that he believes that only he has the true interpretation of Scripture Unless I am shown by the testimony of the Scriptures--for I dont believe in popes or councils--unless I am refuted by Scripture and my conscience is captured by Gods own word I cannot and will not recant 103 Regardless of the opposition Martin shows the inability to admit that he is wrong Martin shows complete disregard for whatever papal decrees there be for as far as Luther is concerned the Scripture is the be all and end all of Christianity By doing so he shows a certain distaste and ignorance for all authority except his own for only he has the true interpretation of Scripture Scrupulosity also emerges in Luthers character But what if I do just one mistake Just a word one word--one sin 30 Martin is absolutely adamant not to make any mistakes of any kind for that is sin and sin is unacceptable If I were to retract those books now I should be issuing a licence for
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