Anyone who knows the smallest amount of the historyÂ knows about Martin Luther.Â He is either seen as a hero,Â byÂ some protestants, or, as a corrupting force that left behind the true faith,Â by some Catholics.
Luther made his name by criticizing the Pope in the 1500’s.Â His writings spread far and wide because of the newly invented printing presses.Â The Pope, Luther said, took money from the poor to use for excessive buildings.Â The money was collected by the churchÂ in exchange for the forgivenessÂ ofÂ sins.Â
It was the Catholic clergyÂ who had the exclusive authority to interpretÂ scripture and collect this money.Â Luther challenged this exclusive authority and said that ordinary people shouldÂ seek guidence directly from the Bible,Â not through the Catholic Clergy.
In doing this, Luther was making two assumptions.Â One was that Catholic Clergy would let their own personal interests influence how they interpreted scripture.Â The other was that the men who wrote the Bible would not write it to serveÂ their ownÂ interests.Â The first assumption was a good one.Â The second was not.
The Bible has much to do with the self interest of those who wrote it.Â It is a manual on how to control people toward the writers’ own ends.Â Wives as property, the stoning of children, salveryÂ and the details of how to control peopleÂ are all there.
Why LutherÂ had suchÂ an accurate insight into the minds of the Catholic Clergy of his day but was oblivious to the motives of the Bible’s authors is a mystery.