"As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs."
Many say that the posting of the 95 Theses began the Protestant Reformation, which is why October 31, is known as Reformation Day. Originally, Luther's purpose may have just been to begin an academic debate; however, God used his bold stand to spark a revolution.
Archbishop Albert, along with theologians at the University of Mainz, labeled Martin Luther as a threat to the Catholic church. This began the Reformation that would touch all of Europe and ground an entirely new denomination. Blood was spilled, and Luther and his followers were pursued and persecuted. In the end, the Germans received a Bible written in their own language, translated by Luther from the Latin, while he was in exile at the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. He also wrote tracts, catechisms, and hymns. And Martin Luther actually actually ended up living until age 62 when he died of ill health to include heart problems.
This is just a very briefest of explanations of Reformation Day. There is so much more detail to be learned.
(Luther statue at the city center)
Wittenberg, Germany - officially called Lutherstadt (Luther-city) Wittenberg) - is in the Saxony-Anhalt region of Eastern Germany.
My husband and I were privileged to visit here in October of 1997. Wittenberg is located about 60 miles southwest of Berlin.
(door of All Saints church, now a bronze memorial to the 95 Theses)
2003 movie LUTHER, starring Joseph Fiennes (rated PG-13):
Called historically accurate, the 1953 movie LUTHER is also one I recommend and enjoy.
Of course, there are MANY books and websites with much more in depth information about the life of Martin Luther. I am excited that one of my favorite authors Eric Metaxas is writing a biography of Martin Luther, due out in early 2017 (in honor of the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses).
Some of my information was taken from wikepedia.com
As a Christian, I am thankful that I do not rely on indulgences to pay my sin debt - Jesus already did that on the Cross - COMPLETELY. And His gift of eternal life is mine - by faith through grace. Alone.