A gleaming light shined upon me, as something descended down. I glimpsed snapshots of a silhouette that portrayed a human of some sort.
“ God is that you?” I murmured thinking I was in the presence of the Lord
“Who is this person you speak of named God? Is he the one who is involved in the religion known as Catholicism?” The creature mumbled in a sharp yet soothing tone.
“Yes, indeed he is, and how would you know this?”
“My visit to Earth wasn’t as planned but since my spaceship has decided to dock here for a while will you please accompany me and inform me about God and the Catholic Church/ belief system?”
“Well thank god you can speak English!” Oh wait, pun intended. Okay, I will stop rambling now and feed you with the information you want so, please do not abduct me. My grandparents were devoted Catholics as my parents are protestants who raised me to be one as well. I can see you are intrigued by our belief system but it is not very complex. My grandparents are Catholic who accept the jurisdiction of the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, and so forth. But my family and I are protestants, people who challenge the doctrine of the Church only to better it. My grandparents lived in the era where no one really stepped forth and question the Church. It was only Desiderius Erasmus, a humanist from Holland who dared to accuse clergy and other church leaders about abusing the law of the church like selling indulgences, simony, etc. He did not want to be known as a protestant because he did not want to cut his link off with the church, but being so outspoken he convinced others to have the desire to leave the religion. Even though Desiderius was in my grandparents time period and he rebelled, he only laid the egg that soon was hatched by others, mainly Martin Luther.
Your face is turning into a lighter shade of grey, does this mean you are flustered? Well you probably must be puzzled right now because your prior knowledge would tell you that religion is usually inherited so how come my family does not follow my grandparents religion? Patience is key, you live in space I’m positive you have time. Well yes, it usually passed down but Martin Luther started a movement that impacted all. Martin Luther was born in Germany in 1483, he devotes his time to the Church and thoroughly analyzes the bible which led to some conflicts with the church. He believes you can not buy indulgences since it is an offering from God. Martin Luther main objection was to explain to others that indulgences are fundamentally wrong and the practice of selling it is a false salvation. Trying to convey his message to a massive audience, he decided to write the 95 theses and post them on a church door in Wittenberg during the year 1517 on October 31. The theses triggered a movement that spread across Europe within a month. Many believed Martin’s ideas were very accurate and sided with him. The Church leaders were infuriated and appalled by Luther’s actions. My grandparents believe that Martin Luther was trying to destroy the Church so they thought his opinion was biased. But when Martin Luther was present in the Diet of Worms he decided to translate the bible into German so we the people can have access to it and have our own judgement. My parents did not purchase the translated bible but borrowed it since they pledged to come to a conclusion about our family religion and where it remains. In the end they finally thought that Martin Luther stated valid points so we shifted over into a protestant. Church leaders retreated back and called to reform where new religions branched off. Maybe one day we will have a new religion where you are openly welcomed, well until then adiós my long lost friend.