The Bible, which contains 66 ancient texts that have shaped laws, influenced culture, and inspired billions to religion over three millennia, was authored by laymen and scholars, commoners, and nobility under the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit.
On the other hand, Martin Luther removed seven books from the Bible.
Many people believe that Catholics “added” books to the Bible, but Luther took out seven entire books and portions of three others for no other reason than that they didn’t fit his interpretation of “what God desired.”
Among the books are Tobit, Judith, Additions to Esther, Maccabees, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, and Baruch / Letter of Jeremiah.
What prompted him to remove the books from the Bible?
He attempted to remove seven in total. He wants to alter the Bible to reflect his personal opinions.
He decided to remove Hebrews James and Jude from the New Testament, even if it meant removing books because they contradicted his belief in redemption through faith alone.
Luther dismissed them because he believed they were celebrating Judaism, and he did so to strengthen his challenge to the Catholic Church’s authority.
In 1507, Luther was ordained as a priest. He came to oppose several Roman Catholic Church teachings and practices, particularly the perspective on indulgences.
In 1520, when Pope Leo X and the Holy Roman Emperor demanded that he surrender all of his publications, he was excommunicated by the pope and condemned as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.
Luther preached that salvation and eternal life are only received as a gift of God’s grace via Jesus, not by good works.
By arguing that the Bible is the only source of the divinely given information, he questioned the pope’s authority and position.
His union with Katharina, a former nun, established a precedent for clerical marriage, permitting Protestant clerics to marry.
Luther held anti-Semitic and violent beliefs toward Jews, calling for the destruction of their synagogues and exile. The ex-communication of Pope Leo X was still in effect when Luther died in 1546.