The Account of Martin Luther

Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1493 in Eisleben, Germany. When he was a baby, his family
moved to Mansfeld where his father became a miner. His parents worked the flesh off their bones for their
children to be brought up right.
Martin was born to devout Roman Catholic parents. They were very strict, and beat Martin till he bled
once all because he stole a nut. The religion Martin was taught in Mansfeld was not the balanced Biblical
truth. His mother would tell him and his siblings about God and Christ. Martin would become terrified at
the mention of Christ, because he was told that Christ was a stern and wrathful judge. He was also told to
look upon Mary the mother of Christ, so, that she would incline the wrath of her son.
His parents wanted to give Martin the best education as possible. They sent him to the village school
where he attended till he was thirteen. Martin hated going to school because of the cruel teachers who
taught there. They would literally beat Latin into him with a rod. He compared his school to "hell and
purgatory". He wasn't allowed to quit, because his parents had a dream that he would become a lawyer.
By the time Martin was done with school in Mansfeld, he went off on his own. He traveled to
Magdeburg where he attended a religious school. He was freed of having to pay tuition expenses, but not
personal expenses. Martin would go from house to house singing with a group of fellow students.
Sometimes they would be invited into the houses to eat dinner. Other times, they'd receive handouts at the
After a year in Madgeburg, Martin traveled to Eisenach to attend a school called School of St. George.
He was suppose to stay with a relative of his mother's, but that didn't work out. He was back on the streets
singing for food till a nice lady and her husband took him into their home. He lived with them for four
years. Martin then enrolled in a famous universiry in Erfurt. He stayed there for another four years. Then,
in 1502, he received a bacholars degree of arts. Three years later, he received a masters degree in arts.
Martin Luther was afraid for his mortal soul. He thought God would someday take regence on him. So,
still in Erfurt, he became a monk to save his soul. To Luther, a monk was someone who became so good,
he was no good for nothing. The monastery he entered in Erfurt was suppose to be the best. Luther found
out quickly that it wasn't. The monks there were unscrupulous. They made life miserable for Luther who
was trying to live a holy life.
Soon, he refused to eat, and was wasting away until a kindly German man, Dr. Staupitz, took interest in
him. He told Luther to trust in Jesus, and that God is not mad at him. Luther listened. He became an
ordained priest. A year and a half later, he excepted a job as a lecturer of philosophy at a fairly new
university in Wittenburg.
As Luther had begun lecturing, a fierce dispute arose between Dr. Stauptiz and several monasteries he
was trying to change. They needed someone honest to take the matter to the Pope in Rome. Staupitz
suggested Luther to go. He excitedly agreed to go to Rome for them.
In October 1510, Luther and a few companions set out for Rome. It was a very rough several weeks of

travel. When they finally made it there, Luther fell to the ground and yelled, "Hail, Holy Rome!". He
imagined Rome to be a city of holiness. Instead, he found a place of corruptness. He overheard the monks
there talking hardly of anything sacred.
Rome was very disappointing to Luther. He wanted very much to visit the chapel Sancta Sanctorum.
There was a flight of twenty-eight stairs that people climbed on their knees to rid them of their sins.
Luther eagerly started to climb the stairs, wanting to feel a sign of religious relief. He stopped halfway up
realizing that climbing stairs wasn't going to save his soul. Only faith in God would.
When Luther got back from Rome, he became a full fledged professor. He studied God's Word even
more, and learned to trust his life fully to Christ. One day, an agent of Pope Leo X, John Tetzel, came to
Wittenburg. He came to collect indulgences from the people. Indulgences were a promise of the Pope's to
forgive the peoples' sins, but it was just a way to con the poor people out of their money. Luther heard of
what Tetzel was doing, and decided to put an end to it. He wrote a ninety-five theses telling the truth
about the corrupt doings of the Catholic religion.
On the Feast of All Saints day, Luther posted his theses to the local church door. He didn't know that
his theses would stir up such a commotion in Europe. In only four weeks, the news of what Luther did
reached Pope Leo, and Luther's name became a household name in Europe.
Luther was begged by his friends to repent what he had said. He would not, and Pope Leo set up a trial
for Luther in Augsburg. His trial was quite a show. Cardinal Cajetan questioned Luther. He talked kindly
to him to see if he would apologize, but Luther did not. The Cardinal began to get angry, and called
Luther "a beast". Luther left Augsburg at night. The Cardinal demanded he be sent to Rome, but
Frederick the Elector would not allow that to happen.
Pope Leo sent one of his spies, Charles von Miltitz, to Germany. He soon found out that three out of
four people were on Luther's side. Miltitz met with Luther, and convinced him to write a letter of apology,
so, the whole matter would die down.
Luther promised to keep quiet, but a fortunate disagreement made him speak out again. He found it
unfair for his enemies to attack him. So, Luther wrote new theses. This caused an even wider breach
between him and the Roman Catholic Church. Luther wrote an address saying that the lords of Rome were
overriding the German nation. He said the Romanists had build three hypocritical walls around the
German people. Luther smashed those walls. Now, he was in deep trouble with the Church.
Luther kept writing the truth as Pope Leo X became more and more enraged at him. In 1520, a man
from Germany brought Luther a bull from the Pope. The bull commanded him to repent what he had said
about the Church by writing a letter to the Pope. Luther, instead, burned the Pope's bull. Pope Leo issued
another bull a few weeks after Luther burned the other one. It said that all people who follow Luther will
be cut off from the Church.
A new emperor had come to reign in Germany. Charles V was only twenty years old. In March, 1521, a
messenger sent by Charles told Luther that he was to go before the council in Worms to explain his
testaments. Luther traveled to Worms, and made a speech regarding his writings. He made the speech
twice - once in German than in Latin.
On his way back to Wittenburg, Luther was kidnapped by men hired by Frederick the Elector of
Saxony, and taken to a castle near Eisenach. There, Luther had to be disguised as a knight. He mostly
wrote more theses, and translated the Bible into German. He left the castle about a year later after hearing
all the wild happenings that were going on in Wittenburg.
Luther made the five day journey to Wittenburg, stopping off at a hotel along the way. He was still
dressed as a soldier so no one would recognize him. At the hotel, he met two young men who were
traveling to Wittenburg to see Martin Luther. Luther started a conversation with them telling them to go
see Dr. Schurff when they got to Wittenburg. They did, and found the same man they'd met at the hotel. It
was Luther.
When Luther arrived in Wittenburg, he received a great welcoming. He told everyone about what had
happened in Worms then he preached for a whole week. The church where he preached was packed
everyday. Luther had become a hero to every person around.
Luther made his home at an old monastery in Wittenburg. He had said that all monks and nuns should
be allowed to marry. The monks and nuns took him on his word, and married. Luther was left in the
monastery alone until a nun named Catherine von Bora moved in. They became good friends, and were
married in June of 1523.
Luther and Katie had six children, three boys and three girls. Two of their daughters died before the age
of fifteen. Luther was very close to all his children, and was a devoted father to them. He was becoming
weak, but after his daughter Magdeline died, his health grew even more weaker..
In January of 1546, Luther went to Mansfeld to help settle a long time dispute between brothers. He was
in bad health, but went anyway. Luther never made it back home to his wife. He died in Mansfeld, and
was buried in Wittenburg. Luther died , but his teachings will live on forever.