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When was the sacrament of confession started?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:27 AM on Oct. 21, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • So from these verses you can understand why Protestants take their confessions directly to THE PRIEST.


    Catholics take their confesions to the community viea the priest and ask God for forgivness. I didn't know protestants had priest. Learn it new every day hmm
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:16 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • It was instituted by Christ on Easter Sunday when He first appeared to the apostles after His Resurrection. Breathing on them, he said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:52 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • First of all you should know that only Catholics require confession or consider it a sacrament. Second I don't see a link between the above scripture and confession. Do you have a better one than that?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:41 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • First of all you should know that only Catholics require confession or consider it a sacrament.


    Actually Orthodox Christians also require confession and consider it a sacrament.  It's only Protestants (and Protestant off-shoots) that reject it. 

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:03 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Second I don't see a link between the above scripture and confession. Do you have a better one than that?


    I have a ton of them :-). (Here's a list) But how do you not see the link? Jesus obviously gave the authority to forgive sins to the apostles (and so to their successors since people didn't stop sinning when the apostles died). This is one of only two times we are told that God breathed on man, the other being in Genesis 2:7, when he made man a living soul. It emphasizes how important the establishment of the sacrament of penance was.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:03 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • The article "The Forgiveness of Sins" is helpful.  It talks about how the bible showed the Commission Christ gave the apostles to forgive sins.   The bible also gives examples of people orally confessing their sins like in James 5:16  which teaches us that we must “confess our sins to one another,” not just privately to God.  And it talks about confessing to a priest (the English word priest is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, or "elder"). 

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:11 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • And from other writings we can see that the early Christians practiced confession. Like the Diache written as early as 70 CE says "Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life" See here for other examples.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:12 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • First of all you should know that only Catholics require confession or consider it a sacrament.

    First of you YOU should know I am Catholic and just wanted history.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • What you should really know is that Protestants are orthodox Christians who follow the history of those men who lived with and walked with Jesus, in the Bible, and within 100 years of His death and resurrection. They are orthodox because their doctrine falls within "orthodoxy". One church's history is not the history of the whole church.

    Additionally, Protestants believe in confession and they do go to a priest. They go to Jesus directly (Hebrews 1:3; ;Hebrews 7:25)) ---the only HIGH PRIEST in the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5:5-6).

    So from these verses you can understand why Protestants take their confessions directly to THE PRIEST.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:03 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

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