Harmony: compatibility in opinion and action. Harmony is a vital part to society. Just as well as its antonym, discord: a harsh mixture of sounds. Look at music. Take two songs, now play them at the same time, what do you hear? Now play them individually There’s a difference. Sometimes two thoughts about something cannot function together. Individually they may make sense and work perfectly but together they ruin each other. Religion is the same way, when its harmonious the church looks great, when it is questioned, and has no answers, it becomes a screaming death metal song mixed with a Britney Spears pop hit.
Martin Luther was the bad sounding note. He looked at the church and noticed its corruption and problems. Martin Luther, in a more radical way, took the feelings of many people and started questioning the church. Religion is something that is hard to keep pure, especially in the fifteenth century when it was so powerful. The religious rulers of the time were corrupt. They would be appointed positions through bribes. They would get paid for leading service even when they didn’t show up. Luther saw this and started questioning them. Although he called the church out on their unholy ways of acting he never specifically stated he wanted a reform.
Luther gave plenty of reasons of what was wrong, he stated how that if the pope is wicked and acts in ways that are “above god” we are condemned. He talks of how that Roman Catholics disregard some of the sayings in the bible. He questions the tradition of how priests are forbidden to marry, and how the pope has the power to make laws for the Christian church. He does not address the thought about a new church or a reformation maybe a self reformation, but not one of the church. I believe that one of his motifs was his feeling that if he did not question a corrupt church he would not be saved. He believed that if Christianity was run by a corrupt sinful person all the followers of it would be condemned. It is a way of saving himself and possibly others. The reform happened not because Luther called for it, but because many people agreed with Luther’s points.
The reason the church and Luther were unable to agree can’t be summed up in just one reason. First off Luther was by far an extremist. He was calling the pope the “anti-Christ”. I don’t care who you are but to say that the pope is the anti-Christ, even if he is corrupt, is mad. Think of the superstition he inherited from his miner father. He could have been going about this in a reason that he never stated. The fact that he was so extreme would take the church and in agreeing with some of the points Luther was making, would look horrible. He kept saying that we were all doomed because none of us could live without sin, and if that was the case then what would be the point of a church existing? There wouldn’t be.
Recalling what I said about harmony and discord in the first paragraph we could arrive at my main theory on why the church and Luther could never get along, They were two completely different songs. Luther sung one of a perfect society where the Jew’s and other non-Christians would be condemned to hell; one where even a church going catholic would be stuck in hell for sins that could not be forgiven. Now how is the church going to exist if that be the case? The church sung a song of order. Even with their corruption they were flowing along with society. Traditions would be broken, years of trust and faith would be brought into question. The compromise would be a power-keg for Christianity. With the slightest spark it would explode and be left in pieces. There was no way that the ideas of Martin Luther and the church could coexist as one single form of Christianity.
The whole unit of Martin Luther really makes me question the church today. Even today the pope is given massive amounts of power. He guides me and millions of others into how to be good people. What if it is corrupt? What if the things I’ve been listening to and abiding by are wrong? I can see why others followed Luther. They had these questions answered. The answers were not good, they were, to some extent, the unfortunate truth. When the pope tried to convince everyone else that Luther was wrong all he did was threaten the people, not reassure them. If I was put in this predicament I would be scared to see what I would do.
Well now the protestant church has millions of followers. Luther, whether or not his ultimate goal was achieved, still has something to show for all his work. His music is sound in its place and is respected by many, even people who don’t follow it.