CONFESSION

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    Dec 24, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    Can someone explain to me confession in the Catholic Church? All I was taught during Confirmation was that you had to do it to be cleansed of your sins. Now that was 6-7 years ago (or more) and I think about it as, why do I have to tell a priest my sins to get forgiveness from God? Can't I just tell him myself? And is confession even in the Bible? I've heard people say that it's not... I'm so confused, any help you guys can provide on Confession is greatly appreciated!
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    Dec 25, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    One day a hopelessly drunk man wandered into a church on a Saturday afternoon. Then he saw the confessional, opened the door on the end, walked in, and sat down. The priest, who sits in the next compartment, patiently waited for the man to speak. After a minute of silence, the priest said through the small window between compartments "Can I help you, my son"? The drunk replies" Is there any paper on your side"? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 25, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    confession is another way of keeping you in darkness. do not do it, there is no such thing as sin but there is karma, and only you can cleans it.
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    guilt, guilt, guilt. I went to a confession at 9 years old. My parents didn't attend church with me and the priest scolded me for that as well as not being able to say the prayers totally correct. Needless to say I told my parents to take me to a non-catholic church after that.
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    Dec 30, 2012 6:42 AM GMT
    So the responses I got weren't exactly what I was hoping for, however they were very interesting so thank you guys. Now that you mention it MMTM, I'm curious to know whether "Vatican" and/or the concept of it, the Pope, and confession are featured in the Bible? Can someone well-versed in the Bible help me out?
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    Dec 31, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    I think the idea is to gain humility, but I have a feeling that rarely happens.
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    Dec 31, 2012 2:17 PM GMT
    "Confession" is nothing more than talking dirty to the priest so he can jack off.
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    Jan 03, 2013 12:54 AM GMT
    As a former Roman Catholic, but now drifiting towards Anglicanism, I would like to clarify the Catholic Church's teaching on confession:

    The Church believes that God has already forgiven you for your sins when Jesus died on the cross. Confession is not about the Priest forgiving you, but Jesus saying through the Priest, you are forgiven, and you accepting that forgiveness in your heart. The Priest acts as Jesus' stand in/representative. Catholic/Greek Orthodox/Jewish/Ancient Near Eastern theology believes that you don't have direct access to God: God mediates the experience of itself to you through some form of material reality.

    These signs/symbols are called sacraments, and theyre basically a physical material thing that acts as a conduit to the deeper spiritual reality that is God. In Confession, since Jesus is believed to be God, Jesus acts through the Priest, who becomes the sacrament/symbol/sign representing Jesus.

    What it basically boils down to is God uses people/material things (such as the bread and wine in communion or the water in baptism) to reveal itself to us and communicate to us through them in a way that we can comprehend as finite beings, as I think the implication is is that if we had direct access to God, who is believed to be an infinite, timeless, spaceless, being who is both outside of time and yet is present at every point in time, our heads would explode from the sheer overwhelmingness of the experience. Basically, God doesn't want our brains to explode from mental overload, so it presents itself through signs and symbols in a way we can understand. This includes people such as a Priest.

    Hope that helps.
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    Jan 03, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    Shinobi1985 saidPriest acts as Jesus' stand in/representative. Catholic/Greek Orthodox/Jewish/Ancient Near Eastern theology believes that you don't have direct access to God....


    Jewish people don't talk through priests or angels or even though close relatives but directly with the Gdashd. You don't have http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectAccess ?

    Middle men? Yikes. We don't even like to shop retail.
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    Jan 04, 2013 5:24 AM GMT
    It did help, thank you Shinobi.