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Tandra Page 1530, Five Hundred Years

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

This week, so I heard pretty much from Monday through Friday, is the five hundredth anniversary since Martin Luther, an ill tempered Catholic Monk nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church in Germany. I have been enlightened as to his biography and the specifics of his life with far more detail than I ever wished to know nor had much interest in.

Of course, Martin Luther’s act of defiance was the spark that set off the Reformation that resulted in splintering the Catholic Church into countless divisions. Before Martin Luther, Christianity was Catholicism and the Pope ruled the faithful. As with any institution rued by men, the Church had become unspeakably corrupt and Martin Luther was understandably irritated by that blatant corruption.

But, while Martin Luther was the spark that ignited the Reformation, it was the Gutenberg Press that caused Luther’s complaints against the Church to catch public interest and spread like wildfire.

There had been disaffected Church Leaders and nobility before Martin Luther who had found fault with unrepentant corruption in the Church. Combine that with the fact that the Gutenberg Press was making the Bible widely available and that people were coming to read it for themselves and it follows, as day follows the dawn, that the Church’s grip on the faith would begin to weaken.

It may be argued the Gutenberg Press had more to do with the Reformation than did Martin Luther and that Luther was only in the right place at the right time to cash in. Until the advent of the Gutenberg Press, the Church had pretty much a lock on the Bible and the doctrine therein. After the Press made available to everyone the actual text of the Holy Bible, it was only a matter of time, a very brief time, before the people began to take issue with the Church and with the Church’s self serving interpretation of the Scriptures.

Had not Martin Luther come into the public eye with his 95 thesis, someone else, sooner rather than later, would have stepped into the spotlight. The Church’s audacious corruption had become too blatant to ignore.

“Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.” -Thomas Jefferson


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