For those that don't know what I mean by "enlightened sin", an enlightened sin is something that you do KNOWING full and well that it's a sin (adultry, murder, theft, etc).
Here's the link to the New York times article. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/nyregion/10indulgence.html?n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/J/John%20Paul%20II&pagewanted=all
Indulgences were quite popular in the middle ages and the renaissance, but were found to be a corruption of God's word and taken out of the Catholic church. With the idea of them being brought back, does this, in fact, give people an excuse to sin? For Example: "It's Friday, I'm going to go get really drunk . . . I'd better go ahead and pay the church now, so I'm forgiven, just in case".
Protestants - What do you think of this?
Catholics - do you support indulgences? Why or why not? Can really buy forgiveness?
Non-Christians - What's your take on the whole idea?
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This is one of the main reasons why I hate organised religion so much. It is all about control! You can't do that because it is a sin! You can't do this or you will go to hell! These are all man made rules that reflected a very puritanical age. Many of them are no longer applicable in our modern society and some are downright irresponsible.
I'm an A type personality and won't tolerate anyone telling me what I can or can't do. I don't want to have to worry about whether every little decision is "against the rules". I don't break the law and I don't infringe upon the rights of others. If I want to do something, I will and if I don't, I won't!
Answer by beeky at 11:55 AM on Apr. 28, 2009
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