Asked by Anonymous at 10:27 AM on Oct. 21, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by Anonymous at 8:16 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
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?
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.
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.
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").
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.
Answer by eringobrough at 2:12 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
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