a reply to: misskat1
You forgot to read verse 22 from Leviticus..."the priest shall make atonement before The Lord for the wrong the man has committed." This is the
historical OT precedent for confessing sins to a priest.
And, if you believe that scripture is the inspired word of God, then Jesus says explicitly that he was starting a church, and he gave the
keys(authority) to the church to St Peter, and his successors, the popes. He said his bride, the church, will never fall. And?
We've had 260 or so popes ever since St. Peter. That's a fact. Historical fact.
"Whoever's sins YOU forgive.." Who is "you"? It's not God he's speaking to, and he's not talking about himself, so who is this "you"?
You should read more from the early church fathers. What did all those 1st and 2nd century Christians believe? The first Christians, ones who even
knew Jesus? Maybe it would shed more light for you on the history of your faith. In those days, they confessed sin to the entire community! That's
where the tradition of Ash Wednesday started. Sackcloth and ashes to declare oneself a sinner.
Like most Protestants, the word "authority" makes you squirm. Your "church" has no authority, It's made up. Based on your own interpretations.
Instead, like scripture says, hold true to the traditions your fathers taught you. You do know that EVERYthing Jesus said or did is NOT in the bible,
If you want to be in the church that Jesus instituted, then you should be Catholic. It's that simple.
Sorry for the thread drift, Disraeli hates that:-)
edit on 30-7-2015 by Ignatian because: (no reason given)