I was hallucinating. This could not be real. A holy, sacred flying object had just landed in the wheat field. The sacred object radiated as a human-like creature walked out of the object. Like the mysterious object, the creature was glowing. Only one thought struck my mind. Was this the Lord? Had the Lord come down from Heaven? I stood in front of the wheat field, and the next second I found my mouth wide open with awe.
“My Lord! You have come to me!” I exclaimed. The creature whom I believed was the Lord was rather gray though he glowed very brightly. Despite his unexpected grayness, I sprinted towards him with excitement. The Lord had finally come to me! As I ran towards the creature, the creature stared at me mysteriously.
“I am not your Lord. Though I must say the Lord is a very interesting and respectable figure,” the creature said.
“Wait so you’re not him? Then, who are you?” I asked. I was extremely convinced that this extraordinary creature standing in front of me was .
“You wouldn’t know where I was from even if I told you. May I ask where I am?” the creature asked with confusion.
“Oh you’re in Hamburg of Germany. Surely you know where Germany is right?” I asked.
“Why yes for sure! Germany is quite a very beautiful country,” the creature said. I peered at the creature with curiosity. As if sensing my curiosity, the creature continued.
“Let’s just say I’m really interested in your world. Especially in the different types of religion your people believe in. As you have mentioned before, the Lord is one of my most respected religious figures. Also, Catholicism and Protestantism have to be two of the most interesting religions ever,” the mysterious creature said with admiring eyes that clearly expressed his fascination towards the two religions.
“Well you know, my parents and I are Protestants and my grandparents are Catholic,” I said. I was still convinced that this creature was the Lord. I was guessing he had come to settle and conclude the conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants.
“Is that so? Though how does that simply work? One family having two different religions? Especially two religions that have been having some conflict between them?” the creature asked, full with curiosity. Now I was starting to slightly doubt my assumption of the creature being my Lord.
“It is a complicated story, though if you are willing to listen, I can tell you what happened,” I said. Now I was pretty sure that this creature wasn’t the Lord, though I decided to stay since I’d rather explain my family’s religious background then go to school.
“You seem to know a bit about Protestants and Catholics,” I said. We walked out of the wheat field and sat by the path just beside the wheat field. The mysterious creature seemed very keen on listening to the story. Somehow, he seemed to know a bit about the Protestants and the Catholics. Though I started out with explaining how Protestantism started to build up.
Martin Luther had been a devoted catholic and priest who had strongly disagreed to the Catholic Churches act of selling indulgences. Like many other reformers, he had criticised the churches and church officials. Martin Luther then wrote the 95 Theses that criticised the Catholic church and called for reform. Though Martin Luther wasn’t the only person who had called the Catholic Church to reform. John Wycliffe, Desiderius Erasmus and Jan Hus had also been reformers who had hugely impacted Europe back then.
Excited, I enthusiastically told the creature the story. When my grandparents were young, a majority of Europe’s population had been mainly Catholic. Like everyone else, my grandparents were also Catholic. Though everything started to change as major calls for reform of the Catholic church broke out during 1517 when Pope Leo X started to sell indulgences in order to raise money. Several people such as Martin Luther strongly disagreed to this act. Many people were angered not only by the act of selling indulgences but also to the pope and several church officials immoral behavior. This soon led up to Martin Luther, posting his 95 theses on the church door of Wittenberg. This ignited several protesters to call for reform.
In 1555, the Peace of Augsburg had put an end to the fight between Protestants and Catholics. The Peace of Augsburg had been a victory to the Protestants. With the help of printing presses, quite a majority of people in Europe had become Protesters by 1560. That was the time my parents were growing. The widespread of Protestants effected my parents to become Protestants too.
After my ‘lecture’ was over, the mysterious creature stared at me in awe. He was obviously amused by the story I had told.
“So you too are a Protestant, am I correct?” the creature asked.
“Yes, I am a Protestant. Why I must say the act of selling indulgences was very wrong. Not only that, the Popes and church officials were too corrupt!” I exclaimed.
Just then, Mr. Axel, our local bakery owner walked by.
“Well hello there! Who are you talking to?” Mr. Axel asked.
“Oh, this is my new friend!” I exclaimed. I was excited to see Mr. Axel’s reactions to the mysterious creature.
“Friend? What do you mean friend? No one’s here!” Mr. Axel said as he stared at me like a madman. I looked back towards the mysterious creature. He was right there! The mysterious creature calmly sat there as his gray skin continued to glisten.
“ You know what, I’ll just go,” Mr. Axel said as he carefully backed away.
“Why isn’t he weird? Why can he not see -” I turned back to face the mysterious creature but all I saw was thin air. The mysterious creature had disappeared. For a moment I sat there confused and excited. The creature had been sitting right behind me a few seconds ago, yet he had disappeared into thin air the next second. That was when my realization struck me. Maybe the mysterious creature was the Lord after all. I had talked to the Lord! Just a moment ago, I had experienced my first personal experience with the Lord himself!
After the unbelievable experience, I ran around my town shouting at everyone that the Lord had come to me. No one, especially Mr. Axel, believed me. Though I was sure. The glowing mysterious creature had been the Lord.