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Abba'sLil'Girl
September 25th, 2007, 08:48 PM
I like the passage you cite in Matthew. Echoes the one statement of the Lord's Prayer perfectly. However it is not to be taken in the same context as the passage from John I listed. The Matthew passage is discussing people forgiving people who wronged them in order to be forgiven by God. Great teaching and is much easier said that done I think we all would agree! The key to the John passage is "Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." John 20:19-23

Jesus sent the apostles to continue Jesus's ministry. This includes everything Jesus's ministry entailed. Preaching the Word, teaching, healing, casting out demons, and especially forgiving sins since Jesus specifically mentioned it. When you confess your sins to a priest or bishop, your not seeking their forgiveness. You are seeking God's forgiveness.

"16Therefore, (A)confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be (B)healed (C)The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." James

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says Only God forgives sin

1441 Only God forgives sins.39 Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, "The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" and exercises this divine power: "Your sins are forgiven."40 Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in his name.41

1442 Christ has willed that in her prayer and life and action his whole Church should be the sign and instrument of the forgiveness and reconciliation that he acquired for us at the price of his blood. But he entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution to the apostolic ministry which he charged with the "ministry of reconciliation."42 The apostle is sent out "on behalf of Christ" with "God making his appeal" through him and pleading: "Be reconciled to God."43


While I respect you and your opinion, I can't say that I totally agree with you. Confessing one's sins to another deals with accountabililty - which we all need to be open to. However, confessing for the sake of accountability and the eternal forgiveness of sins by a priest, I believe are quite different.

We are Christ's representatives. Being an Apostle and a representative doesn't not render one infallible or equal to God. Thus, the authority given to Christ is not our authority. Consider Phil. 2

1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

To imitate Christ is to humble oneself - that's quite a tall order for us mere mortals to fill. Christ knew we would need help, so He sent His Holy Spirit. Through His guidance, we are able to choose to walk in the Spirit and allow Christ to continue His ministry through us. I do not believe this means that we have the same authority as Christ but become His servants in order that He may be glorified.

"As the Father has sent me" carries the implication that Christ was sent out as a servant. He humbled Himself unto death for the sake of God's Message and plan of salvation. Therefore, it is Christ who has earned all the glory. Not us. We won't share in His full glory until He returns and our sanctification process will be complete.

Think about it. If certain men - and not others - have the authority to forgive or not to forgive eternal sins, then what is the purpose of the Cross? How, then is Christ glorified? If He did not earn the right to judge, then who has?

No, my friend - and I say that with sincerity of heart - forgiveness of eternal sins lies solely in the hands of God, and God has given Jesus Christ, our High Priest, authority over all Heaven and earth.

Grace and Peace to you.

goinghome
September 25th, 2007, 09:07 PM
Hey, a couple people on this board already informed me that logic cannot be trusted because it is a tool used by the devil. Also, it is scripture that Jesus sent his apostles out to forgive sins as Jesus's representative.

Putting words in our mouths. Man's logic cannot be trusted. Only God's truth can be trusted. Man's logic is often used by the devil. Once you come under the guidance of the HS thru belief and salvation by Jesus Christ, by reading of the Word, man's logic falls into alignment with God's truth. Again, you can't confuse truth with logic. Truth is always true. Logic is a system of discovering whether something is true, and is not failsafe unless you are God or HS guided.

CatholicConvert
September 25th, 2007, 09:49 PM
I don't put words into people's mouths. You said human logic is a tool used by the devil. What do you call the logic Kliska was referring to? Just because I am Catholic and he is not Catholic does not mean he can use logic in his arguments and I cannot.

Kliska - I am currently taking a Logic 101 class as an elective. Very interesting and useful material. I now understand why you have shown yourself to be the best apologist on the threads I have been on. Thanks for your insightful input!

CatholicConvert
September 25th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Just to clarify, goinghome never said Kliska can use logic in his arguments and I cannot. I said that based on her reaction to me using logic in my arguments in another thread and her relative backtracking on this thread with regard to logic.

goinghome
September 25th, 2007, 09:57 PM
I don't put words into people's mouths. You said human logic is a tool used by the devil. What do you call the logic Kliska was referring to? Just because I am Catholic and he is not Catholic does not mean he can use logic in his arguments and I cannot.

Kliska - I am currently taking a Logic 101 class as an elective. Very interesting and useful material. I now understand why you have shown yourself to be the best apologist on the threads I have been on. Thanks for your insightful input!

Yes. That's right. Not all logic is unreliable. Logic based on God's truths, as we're filled by the HS is reliable. If man's logic was based on truth there would only be one religion, the one true God of the Bible. Man's logic is based on what he knows to be true at that time. Man is basically evil, the truth is not in him. Therefore his logic is not based on truth, only what he thinks is true, until he submits to Christ. If you were both arguing from the same TRUTH, both of your arguments would be logical to each other. But one of you is not arguing from the truth, therefore one of you who is arguing the point must be wrong. You don't need college for this. Maybe 4th grade math.:scratch

CatholicConvert
September 25th, 2007, 10:11 PM
Yes. That's right. Not all logic is unreliable. Logic based on God's truths, as we're filled by the HS is reliable. If man's logic was based on truth there would only be one religion, the one true God of the Bible. Man's logic is based on what he knows to be true at that time. Man is basically evil, the truth is not in him. Therefore his logic is not based on truth, only what he thinks is true, until he submits to Christ. If you were both arguing from the same TRUTH, both of your arguments would be logical to each other. But one of you is not arguing from the truth, therefore one of you who is arguing the point must be wrong. You don't need college for this. Maybe 4th grade math.:scratch

Technically, both of us could be wrong. My point is that burned me for using logic but not Kliska. I understand your biased against my beliefs but I will ask that you be consistent in your views on human logic.

goinghome
September 25th, 2007, 10:25 PM
Technically, both of us could be wrong. My point is that burned me for using logic but not Kliska. I understand your biased against my beliefs but I will ask that you be consistent in your views on human logic.

Sorry if my statements came off as my being biased. If you can both find a point of common truth, then logic would apply for either, both, all, as it stems from that truth. My logic once took me to Word of Faith, which is absolutely ridiculous. I was even able to use scripture to back it up. I thought I knew the truth. Now I'm so embarrassed by that. Our human minds are more vulnerable than we'd care to admit.

CatholicConvert
September 25th, 2007, 10:55 PM
You are forgiven my friend. I have to admit that I had to look up Word of Faith because I had no idea what you were referring to. Health and wealth gospel. I agree with your statement about human minds being vulnerable. I know 99 % of the people on this board are going to disagree with me but one of the main strengths of belonging to the Catholic Church is that we cannot be seduced by such false teachings as long as we stick to 2000 years of Church doctrine. I know more than one person is going to rave about how the Church is the false teacher and so on. Save your energy and we can agree now to disagree about that. I would claim the same goes for members of the Orthodox Church as well.

I am very happy that you were able to leave that cult and find a more Bible-based church. May the ultimate deceiver that leads people to false gospels like that (the devil) burn in hell for that and may people who have bought into the teachings and even helped the devil lead people astray be forgiven and return to Jesus's flock.

christiangrl777
September 26th, 2007, 03:44 PM
Confessing Sins to a Priest
Regarding the forgiveness of sins, two critical doctrines must be examined. First, all sins must be confessed to a priest:

"One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the Church, must confess to a priest all the unconfessed grave sins he remembers after having carefully examined his conscience." Pg. 374, #1493
"Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance:" Pg. 365, #1456

"It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. Pg. 357, #1424 (See also Pg. 374, #1493).


Catholicism orders members to confess their sins to a man, but the Bible reveals that those who have been born into God's family can go straight to God's throne to receive forgiveness for their sins:

"I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. " Psalm 32:5
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9


David confessed his sins to God when he prayed:

"Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me." Psalm 51:2-3

Here is why true Christians have access to God' s throne:

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus..." Hebrews 10:19

Because of the sinless blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross, we have the authority to go straight to the throne of God for forgiveness.

The "first pope's" example

In the book of Acts, a man named Simon came to the alleged first pope, Peter, wanting to buy the power of the Holy Spirit. How did Peter respond to this sin? Did he suggest that Simon make a confession to him right there? No, Peter told him to repent and confess his sin to God and ask God to forgive him. (See Acts 8:18-22).

Can priests forgive sins?

The second part of this doctrine suggests that Catholic priests have the power to forgive sins:

"Only priests who have received the faculty of absolving from the authority of the Church can forgive sins in the name of Christ." Pg. 374, #1495 (See also Pg. 364 #1448)

Here, too, Catholic doctrine opposes God's Word:

"Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?" Mark 2:7

Catholicism teaches that the priest is a mediator between God and man. (See Pg. 365, #1456). But the Bible recognizes only one mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" 1 Timothy 2:5

Once again, the Catechism admits that these are not instructions from God, but traditions of men:

"The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as the second plank [of salvation]..." Pg. 363 #1446

More bondage

"According to the Church's command, 'after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.'" Pg. 365, #1457 (Emphasis author's)

There is that word "bound" again. The Church Fathers created another tradition which keeps people in bondage to the Catholic church.

What a powerful weapon to use against Catholics around the world. In essence, this doctrine says that if you leave the Catholic church, you will not be able to obtain forgiveness for your sins, which means you won't go to heaven.

Please remember, none of this came from God! These are all man-made threats. May God open your spiritual eyes and give you understanding, so that you may see the depth of the bondage this religion holds you in. May God show you that you don't have to be held captive to this religion any longer. Jesus Christ wants to set you free.

Conclusion

Millions of faithful Catholics blindly file into confessional booths, believing that the priest has the power to forgive their sins.

What about you? Where will you go to have your sins forgiven? To a sinful priest, as the man-made traditions of the Catholic church demand?

Or will you go straight to God Almighty, as the Bible teaches?

"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared." Psalm 130:1-4


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Kliska
September 26th, 2007, 04:01 PM
Yes. That's right. Not all logic is unreliable. Logic based on God's truths, as we're filled by the HS is reliable. If man's logic was based on truth there would only be one religion, the one true God of the Bible. Man's logic is based on what he knows to be true at that time. Man is basically evil, the truth is not in him. Therefore his logic is not based on truth, only what he thinks is true, until he submits to Christ. If you were both arguing from the same TRUTH, both of your arguments would be logical to each other. But one of you is not arguing from the truth, therefore one of you who is arguing the point must be wrong. You don't need college for this. Maybe 4th grade math.:scratch

:wave Just wanted to tell you, I've followed this "logic" discussion between threads, and I totally understand what you were getting at, I think there was just some misunderstandings between the various individuals involved (not anyone specific, just several people involved). I agree too that Satan takes logic and twists it for his own ends, and we have to be very very careful. Always checking what we think our logic is with the Bible, and of course with the Holy Spirit via prayer. We can trust 100% what comes from God, and that should always be our starting and our ending point.

Formal logic and reasoning can be an apologists tool (just one among many), but we also must be thoroughly soaked in the word, and walking in Faith to properly use it, always pointing to Christ, and His Logic, and not our own.