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What were two main goals of Martin Luther? Using three of his theses, rewrite them in your own words and explain how they were important for that time.

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Martin Luther came to the belief that salvation is reached by grace alone, through faith alone, as a gift of God alone. He believed that the debt of sin is paid by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in contrast to the Roman Catholic Church's teaching, which was that the debt of forgiven sin could be paid for through indulgences. Martin Luther's intent in writing his Ninety-Five Theses was to create academic debate among scholars in the hope of bringing reform to the Catholic Church.

In his Ninety-Five Theses, Martin Luther addresses what he believes to be of importance to the heart of God, and I'd like to address three of these.

43. Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better deed than he who buys indulgences.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the writers talk about how God desires those who are in a weak position in society be taken care of—the poor, the needy, orphans, and widows, for example. Therefore, Martin Luther is saying...

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