Once my friend told me unrealistic memories are unforgettable. I had one, and it certainly didn’t seemed real to anyone else but me.
It was a normal school day, started out with the cold stares exchanging from Mom and Grandpa. As always, I picked up my backpack and went out, trying not to get involved in any controversy between the two of them. Holding the old bread Mom gave me for breakfast, I dragged myself to school without much enthusiasm. It was windy but warm, sun shone through the clouds and on to the waves of golden wheat. From my observation, there is a disk like object flying really low, and landed on a bed of wheat. Indeed, curiosity carried my body towards the mysterious object. I knocked on the metal outer shell of this object. I don’t know, maybe I was expecting the object to talk, but instead, a thin blue skinned creature came out of the disk like object, its crystal ball eyes leering at me.
“ Oh, Hello. I am Brian Kavohda. I just wanted to make sure I landed on the right planet. So is it Earth here?” Brian the creature asked.
I took a bite of the bread and decided to walk away to avoid any contact with the creature, so he tapped me on the shoulder and my face almost collide with his huge crystal ball eyes.
“ Oh, my apology. This is earth. It is Berlin, Germany in fact.”
“ Yes, this is exactly where I wanted to land in. What is your name lad?”
“ I am Erik Schwarz.”
“ Well nice to meet you Erik. I am here to research about the belief system in Germany. I heard that it had changed quite a lot after the, ummm, wait I know this… Ah, protestant reformation.” Brian hold out his hands and I shook it.
My parents strictly forbidden me to talk to strangers, especially to dodge any religious topic, but he seemed kind. So I told Brian that everyone living here are Christians, but Christianity is divided into to two denominations: protestant and catholic. Before the protestant reformation, there was only catholic. Now, my grandparents are Catholic, but my parents are Protestant, and so am I.
“ Can you infer further about what exactly is catholic and protestant?” asked Brian, who is scribbling down notes in his notebook.
So I explained Protestants are people who protested against the Catholic Church. Before the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Church was doing many things that is against god’s teaching, which are also called sins. First, the Church began to sell indulgences, a pass for sins you have done, which is usually forgave by performing good deeds. This made the Church extremely rich and powerful, many church officials lived like royalties and had control over all the Catholics. At the time, the church officials were the only people who could actually read the bible (written in Latin), which is the reason why all Catholics had to rely on the church. The Church could translate possibly incorrect information about the bible and pass them on to the Catholics. Therefore, part of the population started to doubt the Church’s behavior and faith in god. People started to see bits and pieces of the worldliness and corruption in the Church. Many protestant leaders were formed, such as John Wicliffe, Jan Hus, who wanted to purify the church but instead was being treated with heresy. People began to protest against the church and formed a denomination called the Protestants who believe in the truth in bible.
“ Wait a second. One more question, you said your grandparents are Catholic but your parents are Protestant?” Brian gave me a puzzled look.
I sighed at the comment. People had always asked me about this because the same family usually believe in the same religion, but my family is quite unusual. My grandparents had been raised in a Catholic family so they were taught to believe in the Catholic church and give full support to the Church. My grandparents was born before the Protestant Reformation, which is when a large portion of Europe is still Catholic. My parents were borned after the Protestant Reformation, and they believe in the bible only and was very furious about the Catholic Church. After they were married, both of them joined Protestantism. My parents supported Luther’s 95 Theses and even parade the streets with other protestants who wanted nothing but to spread the truth about Christianity. After hearing many stories about the Reformation, I sided with my parents and joined Protestantism.
“ Bravo! Earth is such an extraordinary place, thank you so much for your analyzation. I shall pay back your precious time.”
Before I was to respond, Brian dissolved into the thin air and I was again alone on the track to school, but with a full piece of uneaten bread, looking at the sun shone through the clouds and on to the waves golden wheat.