Can anybody explain them to me?
Asked by Anonymous at 12:31 PM on Jul. 12, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Sometimes it's easier to explain what something is by first explaining what it's not. Indulgences are NOT related to the eternal consequences of our sins (salvation/heaven/hell). Indulgences are NOT a way to work your way into heaven. Indulgences are NOT prownie points that we can use to offset future sins. Indulgences are basically God looking at someone's heart and blessing them. As James points out "you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinners soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins" (James 5:20).
The article "Primer on Induglences" will walk you through the basic principles behind the concept of indulgences.
Answer by eringobrough at 1:04 PM on Jul. 12, 2009
Anything that is overdone. Such as eating one slice of pie is not an indulgence. Eating a whole 8 inch pie is an indulgence.
Answer by SalemWitchChild at 12:34 PM on Jul. 12, 2009
I'm assuming you mean in the Catholic theology what an "indulgence" is. The term "indulgence" came from the idea of how the sinless Body of Christ tolerating / "indulging" members who were non-saints, who still struggling to overcome repeated sins. It comes from the distinction between true or essential membership in the Church (i.e., living in a state of grace and/or persistent loyalty to Catholic doctrines) and formal or institutional membership in the Church.
The Catholic concept of indulgences is similar to the evangelical idea of 'blessings'. Here's a chart and article that helps explain things.
Answer by eringobrough at 12:47 PM on Jul. 12, 2009
Today there are some preachers that "sell" blessings - preaching that if a person gives the preacher/church enough money then God will bless that person. Likewise back in the 1500's there were some corrupt priests that would do something similar - claim that if you give them enough money God will grant them an indulgence. That idea was wrong in the 1500's and it's wrong today. But that fact that some people use the fact that God gives us blessings/indulgences to make money doesn't mean that God does not give us blessings/indulgences. The Catholic Church never sold indulgences any more that prachers sell blessings. It's the idea that following God's will and doing good will result in blessings in other parts of the person's life. See "Myths about Indulgences"
Answer by eringobrough at 12:58 PM on Jul. 12, 2009
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Answer by metalcowgirl34 at 1:35 PM on Jul. 12, 2009
i agree with metalcowgirl on this one :) except for the example: " it relaxes you, makes you feel good, breaks up the stressful monotony of daily life or work, etc. To me there's no reason why you can't be selfish sometimes...at least once a day for me :) In fact I see it as a necessity for mental health." because i dont do that stuff lol
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