The 95 theses was the document that Martin Luther wrote against the decomposition of the Catholic Church. At that time, the Roman Catholic Church was selling the indulgences that documents were claimed as the forgiveness of sins. Martin Luther’s 95 theses was the beginning of Reformation. Theses 31 states “The man who actually buys indulgences is as rare as he who is really penitent; indeed, he is exceedingly rare.” Many people were buying the indulgences as willing for the forgiveness of sins, because they are not real penitent people. Martin Luther was saying that the people who are really penitent know that buying indulgences was not the correct way of forgiveness of sins, but it is really hard to find who are truly penitent. A thesis 36 is supporting this thesis as “Any truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without indulgence letters.” Theses 79 states “To say that the cross emblazoned with the papal coat of arms, and set up by the indulgence preachers is equal in worth to the cross of Christ is blasphemy.” Luther satirizes that if pope can forgive people’s sins who bought indulgences that has pope’s signature on it; pope has the same power as Jesus Christ who can forgive the sins by only saying a word to people. It could not be the truth, because that pope is a person who was elected by his work basically. The pope is a person and Jesus Christ is the god almightily himself.
Theses 37 states “Any true Christian, whether living or dead, participates in all the blessings of Christ and the church; and this is granted him by God, even without indulgence letters.” It is so true that any true Christians are saved by their repentance about sins, blessings of Christ and the church. A thesis 36 was just explaining it as “Any truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without indulgence letters.” He was repeating the same topic on these theses that the true Christians...
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