Luther Movie Review

In 2003, the movie Luther demonstrated the way that Martin Luther reformed the Roman Catholic Church and the story behind the Protestant Reformation. In the beginning of the movie, Luther was shown conducting a mass where he spilled a cup of wine. He received a negative reaction afterwards for it because he showed clumsiness and did not follow the procedures correctly. As a result, the monk was filled with indignation and anger towards God. Until, his spiritual father shared God’s mercy through the love of his son Jesus. Martin Luther later visits Rome and witnessed the emphasis that the Roman Catholic Church placed on money. Priests taught that indulgence were to be paid off as well as your salvation. There was showcases of relics inside the Roman Catholic Church. For example, Martin Luther waited in line to observe John The Baptist’s skull up close. The indulgence and relics were necessary because they we used as the sacred and served as an axis mundi. However, they were problematic as well because it took away the poor’s money and gave false teachings of God.

Furthermore, Martin Luther was sent off to study the scriptures of the new testament. As he sat in class, his teacher taught on the scriptures based on the interpretations of the Roman Catholic Church. With that being said, Luther debated the teachings and proposed that there can be salvation outside the church but not outside of Christ. The proposition was risky to say because it can be viewed as going against the church. Shortly, Martin Luther wrote the infamous 95 thesis and posted a copy on the Witteneberg Castle Church which debated against the selling of indulgences. News rapidly spread across Germany until it reached the Pope in Rome. Luther’s work gained popularity and created an uproar in the Christian community. As he continued to reform the Roman Catholic Church, he translated the Bible in German. Not only was the act dangerous but it was effective. It gave the people the opportunity to interpret the sacred scriptures themselves and to not rely on the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.

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