Do you confess your sin?
September 29, 2009 9:03pm CST
I'm a Roman Catholic and as our belief that we have to confess our sin to a priest in order to be forgiven. How about you do, do you confess your sin to a priest,or minister or anyone or you directly confess it to God? Do you think it is important?
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30 Sep 09
Hi radiance... I, along with the Bible, disagree with you. Nowhere is it written that confession must require a priest in order to be valid. That is Old Testament belief that this clings to, where a sacrifice must be brought to the temple (or church nowadays), the sin confessed to a priest, and then the sacrifice slaughtered (not really practiced anymore) for the sin to be forgiven. Jesus came to take out the middleman...in this case, the priest. True, it says that confession of your sins must occur to be forgiven them, but it is no man's place under heaven to forgive any man's sins. When Jesus was questioned in Luke about man's place to forgive sins, he said, "your faith has saved you...go in peace". Confession has nothing to do with a priest, regardless of whether or not they have devoted their life to God or not. He is still a man, and thus, still sinful, regardless of another's perception of him. So answer me this...why did Jesus come to die if we still have to see a priest for confession? Seems like a waste to me. When the curtain of the temple was torn, God himself cut out the priests and made a way for all of man to come into the holy of holies to commune with him directly. No priest will ever hear my confession of sins, as that is between God and myself.
3 Oct 09
I had not been to the confessional box lately. When one gets to be older, the lesser one yields to temptation. At least that is as far as I am concerned. I was more vulnerable in my youth. But I deemed it important for a man of God, a priest, to tell me that my mortal sins had been forgiven. The venial ones, like being disgusted with my neighbor, I confess to everyone. I do not bother the priest anymore because he has so many sins to listen to.
3 Oct 09
Hello eileenleyva, It's a priest job to hear our sins and never tired. And it's our responsibility to come to them and confess our sins. Venial sins when stock for many months and years can be big, and still it felt good to tell our sins to priest. Thanks and have a great day!
7 Oct 09
I know. But our parish vicar said that if our sins are slight and trivial, he would rather take a rest. Anyways, the venial sins I was referring to was something like countering a reckless driver by saying "Hope that happens to you, too." But of course I don't mean it. I was just angry at the moment because I do not like reckless driving.