Last night I just couldn't get to sleep. So what did I do? I decided to read something I thought would be tedious and boring. Apparently I chose the wrong book.
I picked Three Treatises by Martin Luther (obviously in an English translation).
Before I go further, remember back to what you have been taught. Why did the reformation happen? What was Martin Luther really beefed about?
Did you answer MONEY?
I wouldn't have.
Seriously, the book is page after page Ad hominem attacks on the pope whom he refers to as "The Avarice". And complaints because the Pope was asking the German people for money. Then he was sending Cardinals in to rule the German monasteries, and these cardinals were being paid money that had been going to the previous leaders. So as he saw it, Rome was taking over Germany by taking advantage of there piety and asking for money and submissions. Luther claimed then that Rome was using its power to live lavishly on the pains of others.
In actuality, at the time Rome was pretty much bankrupt. The reason is that the pope had waged wars that were far more than he could afford. This is why he asked for more, and this is why he allowed the sale of indulgences to occur.
It all seemed so petty that by page 50 I was in tears.
Don't get me wrong, I know there was a lot of worldliness in the church at that time which needed to be dealt with. Furthermore, the pope had clearly gotten himself into a quandry by becoming overly concerned with political things.
But to split the church over this? Not for all the truly legitimate gripes that I had previously heard (maybe those come sometime later in the book, I hope?).
What is sola scriptura?
Misconceptions about the Immaculate Conception
Assumptions about the Assumption
I am hoping that all of you whatever your beliefs will tune in and help me out with these weighty topics
In the meantime, you can sit and ponder another deep (or not) question:
How do you respond when your three-year-old matter-of-factly tells you "Mommy, all of the girls' leotards are more fancier than mine, aren't they?"
I said "yes" But I am doubting this answer remains satisfactory forever.