Thursday, June 08, 2006
Indulgences and so on
To the right is the papal decree announcing double indulgences in this, the year of the Jubilee. By going to mass, confessing to the priest and certain other good deeds you can receive indulgences that will remit the spiritual consequences of your sins, or at least that's what they say.
When you look at what the Bible says about the forgiveness of sins you read nothing about indulgences. The soul that sins is worthy of death, but not physical death, but rather spiritual death, which Rev. 20 calls the second death--the lake of fire. Christ died so that we could have forgiveness of sins and He has told us what we need to do for the remission of her sins--believe so strongly on Him that we repent, confess Him as the Son of God, and allow ourselves to be baptized.
It doesn't matter what men may say about how forgiveness is received--they can't forgive sin, so it doesn't matter what they say.