Luther Movie Review

“The day that you sent me out so boldly to change the world, did you really think there wouldn’t be a cost?” This is by far one of my favorite quotes from the film, filled with intensity and conflict, Martin Luther was depicted clearly in this quote before being presented among members of the church to recant his ideas. Luther is at a crossroads with his beliefs and understanding of  his personal relationship with God, who he feels is not merciful, and will torment the idea of purgatory if err is made. He witnesses the conditions in Rome and the fascination of relics, and ponder that it has altered the faith into a business. A way of servitude  by those who cannot read holy scripture for themselves to decipher it would give their livelihoods, money, to avoid being sent to purgatory to the communicators, the mediums, of the church. This threat of being sent into purgatory, is the fear which the Church can utilize, however they feel is adequate. The church managed to do by designating certain persons to teach and read the scripture to the masses. Martin sees flaw in this, and refuses to recant the conceptions in which he concluded of the Pope and the ministries led by them. Popes of past and present are beings, who under this mighty power, have undermined the consciousness of the faith and made them ‘vexed and  flayed’. This notion of control that within the realm of the sacred text holds as a powerhouse, an engine, towards ruling a country and it’s fashioned community, blows my mind. Luther, powerful with his words, fearful to his God but manages to submit himself to the glory and power, reforms the church by causing chaos. Bringing death, uncertainty, and war, his point in writing the sacred scripture in a language which everyone could read and anyone could decipher, allowed religion to be placed in the hands of the individuals rather a power of another human. Humans are equal, and cannot send you into damnation. Sure, they can threaten you with it and take your money, but God is the almighty one. Luther figured this out for himself, slowly throughout this film there is light which is shed onto his relationship with God.

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