Once upon a time, actually it was probably October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed a broadsheet to the door of a church in Wittenburg, Germany. It contained 95 theses that, in large part, were complaints about the practice of selling salvation for money. This act marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and a lot of bloody religious wars.
Salvation is still being sold and wars over it are still being fought -though these days, more often than not, they tend to be price wars. Prayers by proxy, that is to say, having someone else do your praying for you, are a popular commodity and a bargain-hunter with a computer can literally choose from among thousands of services from hundreds of denominations until they find the product that best suits their needs.

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I never did like Martin Luther (I was raised in a Lutheran Church, so I learned a lot about him). but in the case of selling "salvation," he was right.
You might be interested to know that the Vatican still provides those "Plenary Indulgences" that raised Luther's ire and are still willing to accept "donations made in gratitude" for them.
(wink, wink, nod, nod)
Luther was also an antisemite.
Martin Luther was also constipated and composed his 95 theses while sitting on the crapper. Last year, archaeologists working in the garden of Luther's home discovered the site of the holy outhouse and toilet. S'true.
I spent years as a child beleiving this was his 95 feces. Now I know why.

Really, it's probably because I grew up Baptist, and they taught that the only thing worse than a Catholic was a Lutheran. Well, then there were the commies. And methodists. And hippies.... this is before we heard of unitarians.
Hey can I get one of these for every religion? That way I can be certain to achieve salvation :)

Great videos. I wish I'd embedded the PrayerMax 5000 into my article!
I pray at the church of Edward Current. He's my hero.


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