TO CONFESS ONE’S SINS DIRECTLY TO GOD IS TO CONFESS MY SINS DIRECTLY TO “MYSELF.” GOD DOES NOT ACCEPT.
1)-GOD THE FATHER DOES NOT FORGIVE SINS ANYMORE. HE GAVE ALL AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE SINS TO HIS SON VICTIM. THE SON VICTIM DOES NOT FORGIVE SINS ANYMORE. HE GAVE ALL THE DIVINE AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE SINS TO HIS APOSTLES. THE APOSTLES REVEALS THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED THE DIVINE AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE SINS ON EARTH. May we read Saint Paul in 2 Corintios 5:17-18:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
WE SHALL STUDY OTHER BIBLICAL TEXTS WHERE JESUS MAKES VERY CLEAR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS ON EARTH.
HOWEVER, THE GREAT MAJORITY OF MEN AND WOMEN, INCLUDING CATHOLICS, CONFESS THEIR SINS DIRECTLY TO GOD. AND SO MANY PRIESTS DETEST THE CONFESSIONALS. THE EVERLASTING CONFRONTATION BETWEEN MEN IS THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION: “WHO CAN FORGIVE SINS?”
2)-THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN MEN SINNERS, FROM ADAM TO THE END OF TIME, IS ALWAYS ABOUT “WHO CAN FORGIVE SINS?”
IN MANY DIOCESES, BISHOPS FAVOR TO CONFESS ONE´S SINS TO GOD. I PERSONALLY VISITED A FEW DIOCESES WHERE PRIESTS ORGANIZE TWO PENITENTIAL MEETINGS A YEAR. DURING THE ENTIRE YEAR, THERE IS NO INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION.
3)-CAIN AND ABEL ASKED THEMSELVES: WHO CAN FORGIVE SINS?
ABEL ANSWERED WITH AN ACT OF FAITH IN GOD. GOD DECREED THE VICTIM BETWEEN GOD´S SOVEREIGNTY AND MEN SINNERS. GOD PROCLAIMED THE VICTIM, THE MEETING PLACE, WHERE HE MEETS WITH SINNERS. MAN SINNER WITH HIS VICTIM, OFFERED IN HOLOCAUST, MEETS WITH GOD TO WORSHIP HIM, TO ASK FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND TO ATONE FOR SINS COMMITTED.
4)-GOD LISTENED TO THIS MAN SINNER, ABEL, IN HIS ACT OF FAITH WITH HIS HOLOCAUST AS PRESCRIBED BY GOD.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES ATTEST TO THE SATISFACTION OF GOD WITH ABEL’S ACT OF WORSHIP. ABEL COMPLIED WITH GOD’S MANDATE TO WORSHIP HIM WITH A VICTIM AS CHOSEN BY GOD HIMSELF, TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND TO ATONE FOR PUNISHMENTS DUE TO SINS COMMITTED. May we read God in his own words Genesis 4:4:
“and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,”
ABEL GAINED GOD’S LOVE WITH HIS HOLOCAUST. HE WORSHIPED GOD ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL. WITH HIS VICTIM HE ASKED FORGIVENESS FOR HIS SINS AND ATONED FOR PUNISHMENTS DUE TO SINS COMMITTED.
5)-CAIN, IN HIS REBELLION AGAINST GOD’S COMMAND, LOST GOD’S FRIENDSHIP. May we read God’s words in Gen 4:5:
“but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.”
IN CAIN WE HAVE “THE MISTERY OF INIQUITY.” WHY CAIN REBELLED AGAINST GOD? CAIN WAS BORN WITH THE ORIGINAL SIN, WITH HIS INCLINATIONS TO REBEL AGAINST GOD. CAIN AND ABEL CARRY A HEAVY FIGHT IN THEIR CONSCIENCE FOR CHOOSING BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL WHICH NEVER CEASES TO EXIST.
6)-WHY ABEL CHOSE TO SUBMIT TO GOD’S WILL, WHEN CAIN CHOSE TO REBEL AGAINST GOD?
JOHN PAUL II, IN HIS FAMOUS ENCICLICAL “DOMINUM ET VIVIFICANTEM” HELPS US WITH THE “MISTERY OF INIQUITY.” GOD CREATES EACH ONE OF US WITH A PERSONAL MISSION TO FULFILL ON OUR JOURNEY TO HEAVEN. May we read the Pope on the Mystery of Iniquity in #39
“Indeed, as a weak and sinful being, man often does what he would not, and fails to do what he would." The Conciliar text is here referring to the well-known words of St. Paul. The "convincing concerning sin" which accompanies the human conscience in every careful reflection upon itself thus leads to the discovery of sin's roots in man, as also to the discovery of the way in which the conscience has been conditioned in the course of history. In this way we discover that original reality of sin of which we have already spoken. The Holy Spirit "convinces concerning sin" in relation to the mystery of man's origins, showing the fact that man is a created being, and therefore in complete ontological and ethical dependence upon the Creator. The Holy Spirit reminds us, at the same time, of the hereditary sinfulness of human nature. But the Holy Spirit the Counselor "convinces concerning sin" always in relation to the Cross of Christ. In the context of this relationship Christianity rejects any "fatalism" regarding sin. As the Council teaches: "A monumental struggle against the powers of darkness pervades the whole history of man. The battle was joined from the very origins of the world and will continue until the last day, as the Lord has attested." "But the Lord himself came to free and strengthen man." Man, therefore, far from allowing himself to be "ensnared" in his sinful condition, by relying upon the voice of his own conscience "is obliged to wrestle constantly if he is to cling to what is good. Nor can he achieve his own interior integrity without valiant efforts and the help of God’s grace." The Council rightly sees sin as a factor of alienation which weighs heavily on man's personal and social life. But at the same time it never tires of reminding us of the possibility of victory.”
7)-BENEDICTO XVI, IN HIS AUDIENCE OF DECEMBER 5TH 2012, CLARIFIES THE GOAL OF EACH LIFE. May we read the Holy Father in his own words:
“our vocation is not merely to exist in the world, to be inserted into a history, nor is it solely to be creatures of God. It is something more: it is being chosen by God, even before the world’s creation, in the Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore in him we have existed, so to speak, for ever. God contemplates us in Christ, as his adoptive sons. God’s “purpose” which the Apostle also describes as a plan “of love” (Eph 1:5) is described as “the mystery” of his divine will (v. 9), hidden and now revealed in the Person of Christ and in his work. The divine initiative comes before every human response: it is a freely given gift of his love that envelops and transforms us.”
8)-GOD BEGINS HIS WORK OF SALVATION ON EARTH WITH HIS FIRST HUMAN BEINGS.
THE DESCENDENTS OF ADAM AND EVE ARE BORN WITH THE ORIGINAL SIN. THEY ARE BORN WITH TWO FORCES OR INCLINATIONS WITHIN THEMSELVES THAT THRIVE TO CONTROL HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH. THE FIRST FORCE INCLINES US TO EVIL. THIS INCLINATION IS CALLED CONCUPISCENCE, THE PLEASURES OF THE FLESH, THE PLEASURE TO SATISFY OUR INCLINATIONS TO EVIL, MAY IT BE ROBERY, KILLING, ADULTERY; ANY SIN AGAINST THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. HOWEVER, WE ARE BORN ALSO WITH “ASPIRATIONS TO THE INFINITE.” THESE ASPIRATIONS INCLINE US TO SEARCH, A CONSTANT SEARCH, FOR THE INFINITE, THE UNKNOWN GOD.
9)-OUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE INFINITE ARE THE SOURCE OF OUR UNTIRING SEARCH FOR A SUPERIOR BEING WHO CAN ANSWER OUR QUEST TO REACH TO THE INFINITE THAT WE NEED TO KNOW.
SAINT PAUL, TO THE ATHENIANS, TELLS THEM HE CAME TO TEACH THEM THIS “UNKNOWN GOD.” HE TELLS THEM THIS UNKNOWN GOD WHOM YOU WANT TO WORSHIP, IN FOLLOWING YOUR ASPIRACIONS, MAKES YOU WORSHIP FALSE GODS. THE ATHENIANS MISLEAD THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY IGNORE THE TRUE GOD.
May we read Paul in his own words, Acts 17:22-23:
“So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said:
“Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”
10)-IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS, GOD REVEALS HIS WILL TO HAVE HIS PREFERRED PEOPLE, HIS KINGDOM OF PRIESTS.
GOD THE FATHER DECREED, FROM ALL ETERNITY, HIS DIVINE WILL TO HAVE HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE TO BE HIS KINGDOM OF PRIESTS CONSECRATED TO HIS SERVICE IN HIS DIVINE WORSHIP. May we read God’s own words,
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my preferred possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
11)-GOD KNOWS VERY WELL HIS HUMAN CREATURES. HE CREATES US TO HIS OWN IMAGE AND LIKENESS. GOD KNOWS THE THOUSANDS OF YEARS IT WILL TAKE TO FORM HIS KINGDOM OF CONSECRATED PRIESTS.
12)-GOD KNOWS VERY WELL ALSO HOW HIS HUMAN CREATURES, DOWN THROUGH CENTURIES, WILL DEFY HIS KINGDOM OF PRIESTS.
MARTIN LUTHER, WITH HIS UNFORTUNATE PROCLAMATION “NO PRIESTS,” LAUNCHED THE WORST DISMISAL ATTACK AGAINST THE PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST IN THE HISTORY OF THE PRIESTLY CHURCH OF CHRIST.
GOD TAUGHT HIS FIRST HUMANS, SINNERS, THE OBLIGATION TO WORSHIP HIM , HE DID NOT LEAVE TO OUR CHOOSING THE FULFILLMENT OF HIS FIRST COMMANDMENT. GOD CHOOSES THE VICTIM ANIMAL TO BE SACRIFICED IN HOLOCAUST. HE WANTED THEM TO PREPARE THEMSELVES TO BECOME “HIS PREFERRED PEOPLE, HIS KINGDOM OF CONSECRATED PRIESTS,” TO WORSHIP HIM WITH THEIR TRUE HOLOCAUST, JESUS CRUCIFIED.
13)-TO OBTAIN FORGIVENESS OF SIN, GOD DECREED THAT ALL WILL SACRIFICE TO HIS SOVEREIGNTY IN HOLOCAUST AN ANIMAL VICTIM TO BE THE BEST OF THE HERD. May we read in Genesis 4:4:
“And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering”
14)-IN THE GOSPEL OF SAINT MARK, JESUS FORGIVES SIN. THE JEWS ACCUSED HIM OF BLASPHEMY. May we read in
“Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?” (Mc 2:7)
SAINT LUKE REVEALS THE WHOLE STORY OF THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. May we read in Luke Lc 5:17-26:
“ And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.” Lc 5:17-26
15)-THE FIRST HOMICIDE ON EARTH IS COMMITTED ON ACCOUNT OF HOW TO WORSHIP GOD. SIN CHANGED MEN’S BEHAVIOUR TILL THE FINAL HOUR.
GOD, IN HIS LOVE FOR US, REVEALS THAT HE HAS NOT ABANDONED US IN OUR STATE OF SIN. HE REVEALED TO US HIS SECOND PLAN. HIS NEW PLAN IS KNOWN AS THE PLAN OF THE REDEEMER, WHICH WE CALL “THE PLAN OF THE VICTIM.” THIS HOW GOD REVEALED IT TO OUR MOTHER EVE IN THE FALL. May we read God in his own words, in Genesis 3:15,
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
THUS, GOD REVEALS US HIS PLAN OF THE REDEEMER, WHICH WILL BE THE PLAN OF THE VICTIM IN HIS HOLOCAUST.
16)-GOD, IN HIS ETERNAL WISDOM, IS THE ALMIGHTY PURE FROM ALL ETERNITY. GOD CANNOT COHABITATE WITH SIN. MAN HAS BECOME SIN. HE CANNOT SHAKE HANDS WITH US ANYMORE BECAUSE SIN DENIES GOD; IT IS THE NEGATION OF GOD. THEREFORE, IN HIS INFINITE LOVE, GOD ISTITUTES A “MEETING PLACE” WHERE MAN SIN MAY BE MET. THIS MEETING PLACE IS CALLED “THE VICTIM” BETWEEN GOD AND MAN SIN.
17)-GOD DECREES THAT ALL MEN MUST SACRIFICE TO HIS SOVEREIGNTY ANIMAL VICTIMS.
TO PREPARE HIS HUMAN BEINGS TO JESUS VICTIM ON THE CROSS, GOD BEGAN WITH THE ANIMAL VICTIMS.
ALL HUMAN BEINGS MUST SACRIFICE TO GOD ANIMAL VICTIMS IN HOLOCAUST WHERE GOD ACCEPTS THEIR WORSHIPPING HIM, AND LISTENS TO THEIR PETITIONS TO FORGIVE SINS AND ATONE FOR SINS COMMITTED.
THUS, ABEL REVEALS US GOD’S WILL IN HIS COMPLYING WITH THE FIRST COMMANDMENT. May we read Gen 4:4-7:
“and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
18)- GOD DECREED THAT WORSHIPING GOD IS TO SACRIFICE A VICTIM, THE BEST OF THE HERD, IN ITS HOLOCAUST.
HOW TO WORSHIP GOD!
THERE ARE NO TWO WAYS. GOD NEVER LEFT TO US TO CHOOSE HOW TO WORSHIP HIM. GOD REFUSES ANY OTHER FORM TO WORSHIP HIM.
19)-IT IS USELESS TO WORSHIP GOD “MY WAY” WHICH MEANS “THE WAY OF CAIN.” BECAUSE GOD REFUSES CAIN’S WAY.
IN THE VERY FIRST PAGE OF THE DIVINE REVELATION, GOD MAKES VERY CLEAR HIS DIVINE WILL HOW HE DECREES TO BE WORSHIPPED. GOD DECREES AN ANIMAL VICTIM, THE BEST OF THE HERD. THE WORSHIPPER MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL VICTIM, THAT HE TOUCHES, TO BE SACRIFICED IN HOLOCAUST TO HIS DIVINE. SOVEREIGNTY.
20)-Saint PAUL, IN HIS LETTER TO BISHOP TIMOTHY, REVEALS THE WILL OF GOD ON SALVATION. May we read St Paul in his own words;1 Tim 2:3:
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come
to the knowledge of the truth.
FROM ADAM TO ABRAHAM, GOD HAS NO RESTRICTION ON HIS WORSHIPPERS. GOD DECREED THAT ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE TO WORSHIP HIM. THEY MUST SACRIFICE AN ANIMAL VICTIM IN ITS HOLOCAUST TO HIS DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY. GOD WANTS ALL TO BE SAVED.
ONLY OUR FREEDOM TO REFUSE PUTS THE LIMIT TO SALVATION.
May the Good Lord bless us richly with a year full of love to study in order to know the Divine Will of God in our salvation. The professor.