Film provides a good over all picture on the life of Martin Luther
Simple to understand
Helps make sense of the
Not too in depth
Should have background on information before viewing to appreciate
Martin Luther's impact on the Catholic Church can still be felt to this day. This is a man whom challenged what no other men dare to challenge, one of the most powerful organizations on earth, 'The Church.' Martin's courageous efforts to bring to light the lies and self righteous doctrine of the church allowed believers to see they were being fooled into a false path to heaven.
The film shown in class was well documented, and powerfully portrayed the effects Martin Luther had on the Church in the sixteenth century. Growing up, Martin had his path in life chosen for him, like many young men during those times. However, his memories of what should have been an enjoyable childhood were actually memories of failure for not living up to his father's expectations of him becoming a lawyer. Of course, he attempted to live up to his father's wishes because that is what most young men did, they studied to become things of higher purpose than their father's were. Martin studied diligently at Erford University where he completed all studies but one class for the completion of a degree in law.
A catastrophic event changed Martin's path of careers forever. In 1505 the bubonic plague struck Erford. After losing so many of his close friends, Martin Luther made a pact with God to become a monk. The film revealed that he was deeply troubled by a longing to feel fulfillment and did not find it in anything he did as a monk. His attempts at being the most self-sacrificing monk by painstakingly adhering to all the religious dogmas did not rid him of his feelings of incompletion in satisfying God's will.
Many years of service passed and Martin got the opportunity to go to the mother land of their religious beliefs, Rome. This was a turning point in the film; Martin arrived at the gates of Rome with much excitement and anticipation, waiting to see what God has in store for him. At the site of corruption, distrust, and a disservice to the people, Martin was disillusioned.
Martin's capacity for learning and insatiable passion for pleasing God leads him to the study of the Holy Scriptures. In his studies, he began to realize the church was misguiding the body of Christ; he learned salvation was between one's self and God, not the church. As his studies continued, he found there to be many religious activities that were not in the bible which were thought to be so. Martin challenged with a 95 thesis, the very purpose of the Roman Catholic Church.
According to the film, Luther never backed down from his claims against the invalid teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. For this, Martin was eventually ex-communicated from society. His faith did not allow him to negate his attacks against the validity of the purpose of the church. Martin openly defied the church, the pope, and the state's authority.
Martin had a meeting with the pope and the government of Rome, and when he left he was captured and taken to an abandoned castle. During his time there he became depressed and felt he was having a battle with the devil himself. God pressed upon him the task of translating the bible to the German language during the time of his stay, which opened up the bible to many more believers to seek their own understanding of the word.
Martin Luther's stance against what he knew to be wrong doing from the leaders of the church caused a revolution to begin. Priests and monks began to rebel against what they had spent dedicating their lives too. He tried to reverse the effects of what his books and preaching's revealed, but it was too late.
The film was eye opening, and set the tone for the class. I look forward to many more educational films from which to place together the pieces of our history.