Martin Luther: An Overview of His Life
Thomas F. Fischer
Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany. His parents werevery strict Roman Catholics and baptized Luther on the day after he was born. This day is called “St. Martin’s Day.”Though his father was a coal miner, he urged his young son to become a lawyer.However, God led Luther to follow another path. Luther became a priest. There is an interesting story that Luther chose to become a priest during a severe thunderstorm. As lightning crashed close to him,Luther supposedly cried out, “Save me, Lord, and I’ll become a monk.”When he entered the Augustian order, his father was angry. But Luther and his father did not know God’s plan for Martin Luther. God’splan was that Luther would change the world.
During Luther’s time the world was changing, and changing rapidly. In fact, the people believed about the world changed almost completely duringLuther’s lifetime.These changes came because of a remarkable number of famous people. These people made remarkable discoveries. These discoveries caused profound changes throughout Europe…and theworld.One of these people was Christopher Columbus. When Columbus discovered America in 1492, Luther was nine years old. Just a few years later, Gutenberg invented the very first printing press. Until thistime the only way to publish or print materials was by copying them by hand. Gutenberg’s invention enabled news, information and all kinds of learning to be shared throughout Europe. During theReformation, Luther would make extensive use of Gutenberg’s invention. The Ninety-Five Theses, the Large and Small Catechisms were but some of many documents which Luther published using Gutenberg’sinvention.
Another famous person who lived during Luther’s lifetime was Michelangelo. This famous artist gained prominence as a great artist and sculptor during Luther’s life. His paintings and views...