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Originally posted by lektrofellon
reply to post by drew1749
You take comfort from a ordinary man in a white collar who may be a paedophile , forgiving you?edit on 24/4/11 by lektrofellon because: (no reason given)
I LOVE the Catholic Mass....but I'm not crazy about having a middle man (Priest) moderating between me and God. That's one of the reasons I left the church and went Protestant. We just confess or ask God directly for forgiveness...no middleman.
Originally posted by cloudwatcher
I have often thought this was only an extension of the High Priest in the Temple. Converting Jews and pagans alike required a bit a familiarity. Major Christian holidays are just reincarnated feasts to this god or that goddess. They just stuck the Jesus label on it.
Originally posted by reeferman
reply to post by drew1749
Why would you not be a real man and confess to whom you have wronged?
and now that Im thinking about it...
Why would you feel it better confess your "sins" to a mortal man?
Why would a "God" need a man to hear your confession? Isnt "He" all knowing?
Seems to me this was/is used as a Black Mail tool by the Church...edit on 24-4-2011 by reeferman because: still ponding..
Originally posted by thegiftbearer
reply to post by reeferman
i don't think it is blackmail or anything of the like. you have to have a light heart to live a happy life. the act of forgiveness is for you, not for God. God knows you have done these things. you were given an opportunity to wipe the slate clean for YOUR sake, so you won't live a life tormented by your own hell. your reap that which you sow. you may do wrong, but if you can forgive yourself through God then you can forgive others and live a better life... maybe. just a thought.
I'm sure they tell you "You don't have to worry about all sins, just the major ones" or something like that as it would be impossible to rememeber all your sins. That still doesn't make sense. If you're only forgiven for sins you confess then the "smaller" ones still count as any sin is worthy of condemnation.
There also exists the factor for the individual who has done something they would never admit to. Then the person could end up avoiding God all together because they feel they've done something they'll never be forgiven for.
To summarize, It is impossible to rememeber every sin you need to be forgiven of. God know's every sin though and will forgive you through your faith in Jesus. Even if rememebering all sins wern't required, it would defeat the purpose of the whole thing to begin with. It is good to confess to God. You don't need any man alive to speak with God, you yourself are probably much closer to God (love) then the Pope in actuality.
Originally posted by ShellyBoo
I think that having a "confession" every week, to a degree makes it more comfortable to sin the whole week before imo... Best way to feel better is to stop sinning.. Because if you keep going back, what is it really doing for you?? I believe that if your truly a good person, forgiving yourself over common human error shouldn't be a problem...If the problem is big enough not to forgive yourself, then maybe a lawyer might be a better alternative