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Did Martin Luther alter the Bible to fit his beliefs—the foundation of Protestanism—when he translated the original Greek texts to German? For example: And the dead were judged according to their works. Revelation 20:12For by grace you have been saved...not of works. Ephesians 2:8-9

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Martin Luther did not alter the Bible to fit his beliefs. Luther read the Bible in Greek. Then he struggled with a belief that he could never live a life pleasing to God.

Harboring terrible anxieties about sin and his own salvation, Luther believed that no matter how irreproachably he lived, he was unable to satisfy God.

This was a time of great "personal crisis" for Luther. His mentor advised Luther how to approach his faith in order to find peace in his faith.

Staupitz...told Luther to abandon the concept of God as judge, to focus on Christ, and simply to love God.

In this, Luther had an epiphany—a religious enlightenment. Reading and studying Paul's letter to the Romans...

...Luther realized that mankind is saved by faith and not by works.

This is critical not only to why Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg in 1517, but directly answers your questions with regard to the two scriptures you have quoted.

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