Religious Truth Essay

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Religion is arguably one of the most important and intensely debated topics of all time. Debates over religion have prompted wars, genocide, and worse. There are so many religions and yet people are driven to prove to their neighbor that they know the truth about religion. Christianity has for some time been the most popular religion in the world and employs the bible as its means of proving other religions wrong, using the pretext that the bible speaks truth. And yet even within a religion that is supposed to be based on love and kindness there is fierce debate and struggle between different factions over what interpretation of the bibles truth is the real truth. One of the most heated is the difference in interpretation between Catholicism and Protestantism. The early sixteenth century saw the origins of this conflict when Martin Luther broke free from the Catholic Church and began to teach his new interpretation of the bible Sonnino 40). The two representative areas where Catholicism and Martin Luther differ about their interpretation of the bible are found in Mathew 26: 26-28, John 22: 19-20, and Romans 1: 17.The investigation of these different interpretations will make clear difference of opinion between these two factions and the idiocy of debating over non debatable topics while putting forth a theory on why they will never cease.The late Middle Ages, during the early sixteenth century in Europe were a time of great political upheaval and religious strife. The bubonic plague that started in 1348 had ripped through Europe and in it's wake left people with little loyalty to their church or king. Up until this time Catholicism had been the only Christian religion to turn to, and turn many, if not all of Europe, did for religious guidance. The problem was that all the death and destruction caused by the plague made people think that the church wasn't doing their job. According to people the plague like others written about in the bible was a sign that god was angry with them. The catholic church of this same time proclaimed itself as all things religious. It was the only venue through which people could find salvation, be baptized, get married, and take communion among other things. So using this reasoning the people thought that if the plague was because god was angry and the catholic church was the only way that the people could have contact with god, then the plague was the result of the catholic church not doing it's job as the overseers of religion. So as the plague years came to an end and people were trying to get their lives back in order there was a massive grass roots movement that called for the church to clean up it's act. People were tired of the church selling it's offices, killing nay Sayers, selling indulgences, and inciting wars for it's own financial and political benefits. So when Martin Luther a professor of theology at the university of Eurfert decided to post his 95 thesis, and soon after renounce Catholicism, there was...

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