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Can A Priest Forgive Sins

Can a priest really forgive sins?

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 ---mike on 8/14/09
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JaeR 9-6-09
Amen, Brother.
Heb9:24-25
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands,which are the figures of the true,but into heaven itself,now appear in the presence of God for us,Nor yet that He should offer Himself often,as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others,
Heb4:14
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest,That is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
---char on 9/17/09


the real issue is that the Bible states that Jesus is the only authorized intermediary between God and man.

anyone who goes to a human priest, is doing exactly as those of the old testament did. but that method no longer has authority from God because it was faulty. the new testament authorized version however is much better and is now in full force. (points found in the book of Hebrews)

through Christ Jesus (Hebrews 3:1) a person may go directly unto God (Hebrews 4:14-16) and may by faith be forgiven according to the Word's direct declarations. (1John 1:9,2:1)
---JaeR on 9/6/09


Sometimes it just feels good to make statements that seem "right" from God's perspective--don't it?

From the lips of Jesus (if you believe the Bible is true)...

Lu 11:4 And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.

or...

Lu 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him.

A commandment from Jesus? Some food for thought:

Why do we shy from equating our forgiveness of others' sins with God's salvation through Jesus' righteousness? Is righteousness not imputed to us through His?
---BruceB on 9/6/09


No Priest,and frankly no humanbeing on this Earth can forgive the sins of another person. Only God forgives sins through the name of Jesus Christ,the one who gave his life that we can find forgiveness from God. There is an important job which we all,as Christians,have to perform. We,including any Clergy,can pray for oneanother and God hears and moves on those prayers. James 5:15,16 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,and the Lord shall raise him up,and if he has committed sins,they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another,and pray one for another,that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer,of a righteous man availeth much. Notice,pray for one another,not forgive sins,but help pray for God to forgive sins.
---Darlene_1 on 9/4/09


No, no human can or ever did forgive sins, humans can forgive each other for sinning against them, but only God can forgive sins.
---John_Didymus on 8/31/09




Ruben ... Gaz does not say he does not sin ... he just seems to say there's no point in confessing them ... even that God does not notice we are sinning.

Gaz ... You seem to be saying that we can sin as much as we want, and God's forgiven them all.

Wow ... let's roll!!
---alan8566_of_uk on 8/31/09


Someone needs to tell GAZ that all caps in an internet blog posting is called shouting and that it it considered to be both impolite and offensive to others.
---obewan on 8/31/09


A PRIEST ISNT EVEN A BELIEVER , DONT THEY WORSHIP IDOLS , IE MARY ? CMON , READ YOUR BIBLE PEOPLE ! CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME , AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST ! , AND ! STOP CONFESSING THEM , G-D DOES NOT WANT YOU BRINGING THEM UP , HE HAS FORGOTTEN THEM !ITS SAD , PEOPLE WONT READ G-DS LOVE LETTER , HIS TRUE WORD FOR ALL OF US ! READ THE BIBLE , BELIEVE , AND REST !
---GAZ on 8/30/09

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."(1Jhn 1:8-10)
---Ruben on 8/31/09


A PRIEST ISNT EVEN A BELIEVER , DONT THEY WORSHIP IDOLS , IE MARY ? CMON , READ YOUR BIBLE PEOPLE ! CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME , AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST ! , AND ! STOP CONFESSING THEM , G-D DOES NOT WANT YOU BRINGING THEM UP , HE HAS FORGOTTEN THEM ! HE STANDS WITH HIS FINGERS IN HIS EARS CHANTING LALALALALALA , CHRIST WAS THE PROPICHIATION OF SIN FOR ALL PEOPLE , FOR ALL TIME ! ITS SAD , PEOPLE WONT READ G-DS LOVE LETTER , HIS TRUE WORD FOR ALL OF US ! READ THE BIBLE , BELIEVE , AND REST !
---GAZ on 8/30/09


Thanks, very much for your reply, Mark V.
I wasn't sure if the confessional tradition was still the same.
I can relate to you.

I confess my sins to Our Father.
(Those I am aware of)
I find, he exposes those I'm not aware of,
to me.
Inturn, I try and asked forgiveness from the ones exposed,
I may have sinned against.
(kinda embarrassing...pretty clueless sometimes).

How Beautiful the Holy Spirit is.
How gentle he has held our hand,
still leading us through...
even though we may stop and tug at times.
In this, I see...
His Mercy and Grace.
Praise God.

God bless you.
---char on 8/29/09




Hi Ruben,

Matt 9:8 What the people are marveling about is not that "men" had the ability to forgive sin. What the people were marveling about, or were in astonishment about is that God had given Christ the power to heal the lame.

I could say unto you, "Your sins are forgiven" and it would mean nothing. Christ proved that he had power from above by healing the lame man. The multitude was looking on Christ as a man, not the Son of God.

Hope that helps.
---trey on 8/27/09


Char, I don't know what others believe but when I was a Catholic I believed that if I confessed my sins to the priest he would forgive all my sins. I thought he had the power to do that. And since I believed that, the next week I made more sins and believe I could get clean again by him and all I had to do was, do some "our Father" and some "Hail Mary's".
What I now understand is that you can confess your sins to anyone, which is good because you acknowledge them, but believe it is God who forgives those sins. God wants a contrite, and repented heart. No amount of works ("Our Father" or "Hail Mary's") from me other then confessing my sins, will sadisfy my transgressions, God wants a contrite heart.
---MarkV. on 8/27/09


Cont'...

Gal3:19-20(ALL)...the law?
...was added because transgressions...
TILL THE SEED SHOULD COME TO WHOM THE PROMISE WAS MADED:...ordained by angels in the hand of a MEDIATOR.
(NOW)a mediator is not a mediator of one BUT...
GOD IS ONE.
Heb8:6(all)
(BUT NOW)...HE IS THE MEDIATOR OF A BETTER COVENANT...established...better promises.
Hev12:24-29(all)
...JESUS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT,TO THE BLOOD SPRINKLING....

Gen22:8(all)..."God will provide HIMSELF a offering..."
Jn 10:30(all)I and Father are ONE.
Zach14:9(all)
HIS NAME IS ONE.

John6:47-48(ALL)
Verily,Verily,I SAY...He that
BELIEVE ON ME hath everlasting life.
I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE
---char on 8/25/09


If you will read Matthew 9:2-6 it is apparent that the Jew did not believe that man can forgive sin. They were right!

Mt9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Only the Son of God, who is also the Son of man, hath the ability to forgive sin.
---trey on 8/24/09

Then what does MT 9:8 mean to you:

"But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men."
---Ruben on 8/25/09


If you will read Matthew 9:2-6 it is apparent that the Jew did not believe that man can forgive sin. They were right!

Mt9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Only the Son of God, who is also the Son of man, hath the ability to forgive sin.
---trey on 8/24/09


I think I might be misunderstanding the question.

*Can a priest really forgive sin?*

To my understanding,people go to a priest in a confessional and confess their sins.

Do the people believe the priest has the authority to grant them forgiveness of all the sins they confessed?
Is he considered as sitting in the position of mediator between them and God or Jesus?
---char on 8/24/09


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"Yes a Priest in behalf of God can forgive your sins and grant you absolution of those things wherein life you have sined. In somuch as you are not confessing to him but unto God through him then God has given him the power and authority to properly chastise you during your confession and also grant you forgiveness of sins.
---Alan on 8/21/09"

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

one, not two. not three. not four. christonly. that excludes mary, your priest and the pope.
---Jake on 8/22/09


Ya know, Rhonda:

Were you to actually read what is written--at least once in a great while--instead of merely looking for something to piece together for the purpose of providing you a platform from which to argue, you might discover some of the truth.

This is the sentence I wrote, in its entirety... and consequently, in context:

"It's a given that a priest can forgive us of our sins--those committed against him." [emphases added]

Of course, that would apply to anyone--priest or not. (I'll bet you didn't even realize I ain't an RCC adherent: did you?)

Try reading what's actually written--OK? Do it for me. Hey: do it for Jesus.
---BruceB on 8/22/09


No he cannot.

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

The Catholic Priest confessional system is a replica of the ancient Babylonian simaramus-nimrod mother-child worship. They used the confessionals to gather information as an intelligence network and to blackmail for control. The same is true of its usage today.
---Jake on 8/22/09


Donna66,
I thank you very very much too, God Bless.
---Nana on 8/21/09


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Alan, will you please show where what you wrote is in found in scripture?

Scripture teaches only GOD can forgive sins, Mark 2:7, and no one goes before the FATHER except through CHRIST, John 14:6.
---Rob on 8/21/09


Yes a Priest in behalf of God can forgive your sins and grant you absolution of those things wherein life you have sined. In somuch as you are not confessing to him but unto God through him then God has given him the power and authority to properly chastise you during your confession and also grant you forgiveness of sins.
---Alan on 8/21/09


We as Christians are instructed to forgive our brothers, individually and corporately, if they repent, and to not hold rancor, 2Corinthians 2:6-8, James 4:11. Jesus gave the disciples the task of preaching the gospel, and so, anyone who receives Jesus as Lord and Savior receives forgiveness of sins, Matthew 16:19, 18:18-20, Mark 16:16, John 20:23. But, we don't make the final judgment, as that is Jesus Christs responsibility, John 5:22, 27, Acts 10:42, 2Corinthians 5:10.
Matthew 6:12, 15, 18:21-22, Ephesians 4:2, Colosians3:13, James 2:13.
---Glenn on 8/21/09


Thanks for the explanation, nana. Of course we should seek forgiveness from those we have wronged... likewise forgive those who have something against us. That's the other half.
---Donna66 on 8/21/09


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It's a given that a priest can forgive us of our sins-
******

that sounds nice and many people are DUPED into believing this but it is NOT supported by scripture
---Rhonda on 8/21/09


Mike,

It's a given that a priest can forgive us of our sins--those committed against him. Anyone can do so: and as Christians, we are required to forgive sins committed against us.

I think you're confusing man's ability (responsibility) for forgiveness with God's righteousness of His forgiveness of sin, through the death and resurrection of Christ, for our repentance and faith. His grace of salvation for sinners... is His alone.

A priest, however forgiving he might be, cannot get you into heaven... and it don't matter how many Hail Marys you perform for him.
---BruceB on 8/21/09


I was not even thinking about 'priests' in my repply, but on that account:
1 john 5:16: "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."

---Nana on 8/21/09


of course not! only God alone can forgive sins, and He died for that. If a priest can forgive sins, why did God bother to die for us on calvary?
---alice on 8/20/09


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As an aside:
'Mi media naranja', my half orange, is the Spanish equivalent of saying 'my other half'. I call my wife mi media mandarina (tangerine), and she says that I am her media toronja (grapefruit). But in my favor, I'm a ruby red grapefruit.
---Glenn on 8/21/09


"I'd still like an explation for how this relates to priests forgiving peoples sins."
---Donna66 on 8/20/09
You posted:
"No one but God can forgive sins for HE is the one we have sinned against."

You missed your brother, your neighbour.
Matthew 18:21: "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" On that account, our Lord concluded, "So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."
---Nana on 8/21/09


OK -- "mi media naranja" (lit. my half of the orange) means "my better half" in English, or my "significant other". I'd still like an explation for how this relates to priests forgiving peoples sins.
---Donna66 on 8/20/09


I don't think the priest actually claims to forgive.

He administers Christ's or God's forgiveness.

Is that so far removed from those of us non-RCs here who tell people that if they confess ao God, they will be forgiven?

What is he doing that we do not do?
---alab8566_of_uk on 8/20/09


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Let it also be known that...

if you converts a sinner from the errors of his ways you have saved a soul from death and have hidden a multitude of you own sins. Charity will also conver a multitude of your own sins.

As the end quickly approaches, we must remember that the harvest is still plentiful, but the workers are so very few.
---Steveng on 8/19/09

I too used James words of conversion and the saving of a soul from hell/death, however mine wasn't posted, still, it's good to see the truth was posted by stevenq on this matter...
YLBD
---YLBD on 8/20/09


Ladies,

Google:
What is the meaning of "mi media naranja"?
*****

and in your own amusement of word play you have only demonstrated the ability to be cunningly deceptive in responding and RESPONSE

that is how clever Satan is ...his lies are smooth and taste like honey because he seeks to destroy The Fathers Truth

maybe what Nana was trying to convey was that forgiveness by a priest is worthless
---Rhonda on 8/20/09


Ladies,

Google:
What is the meaning of "mi media naranja"?
---Nana on 8/19/09


Let it also be known that...

if you converts a sinner from the errors of his ways you have saved a soul from death and have hidden a multitude of you own sins. Charity will also conver a multitude of your own sins.

As the end quickly approaches, we must remember that the harvest is still plentiful, but the workers are so very few.
---Steveng on 8/19/09


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If someone comes to you and wants to make a confession of faith after hearing the gospel, and wants to ask Christ for forgiveness, and after confessing turns around and ask you if he is forgiven, what is going to be your response? Are you going to tell him, no, yes, maybe, I don't know, it could be, you will find out when you die, you won't know unless you are in hell? Something has to be your answer. We know ultimately its up to God to forgive sins, but he is asking you who are save, representives of God just as the apostles, and witnessing to him, what is his status before God. Do you say, go, your sins are forgiven? So many people say they witness, what do all of you say?
---MarkV. on 8/19/09


The ONLY one who can forgive sins is Jesus Christ. God gave us a line directly to Him for prayer and forgiveness - it is ONLY through Jesus Christ.
---Leslie on 8/19/09


I'm still wondering...What is the other half of the orange?
---Donna66 on 8/19/09


Matthew 9:6
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
---Donna66 on 8/18/09

And then in John 20:21-23 Jesus tells the Apostles " As the Father send me I send you". As you have quoted Matthew 28:18, Jesus turn around and gives authorithy to the Apostles to forgive and retain and as well to "bind and loose" in Matthew chapter 18!
---Ruben on 8/19/09


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John1:1(all)
...the Word was God.
vs:14
...the Word was made flesh,and dwelt amoung us...
Matt1:23(all)
...His name Emmanuel,which being interpreted is "God with us".
John16:7
John14:26
John 15:(ALL)
(IF) ye abide IN Me, and MY WORDS abide IN YOU,ye shall ASK what ye will,IT SHALL be done unto you.
Matt6:12
And forgive us our debts,AS WE FORGIVE our debtors.
Matt6:14
FOR IF YE FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES,YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU:BUT IF YE FORGIVE NOT MEN THEIR TRESPASSES,NEITHER WILL YOR FATHER FORGIVE YOUR TRESPASSES.
1Jn4:11
Beloved,if God so loved us,ought also to love one another.
1Jn4:4(all)
BECAUSE GREATER IS HE THAT IS (IN YOU),THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD.
---char on 8/19/09


"No one but God can forgive sins for HE is the one we have sinned against."
Donna66 on 8/18/09

That is only half an orange in most cases.
*******************


LOL and where is the "other orange" in "other cases" from Gods Word?

So who or what other than The Father in Heaven must be told, or action performed to be forgiven - what are these other oranges?

...oranges must be written between the lines of scripture,k or some scripture read backwards to be understood? ...or most likely just IMPLIED by mortal men
---Rhonda on 8/19/09


No, forgive denotes a pardon for a price of which a priest is incapable bearing or granting. You can confess a sin against a brother to that brother, but all sin is ultimately against God, so what good is it to some pious little man who can't control or extend his life by one day?
Nothing could be a bigger waste of time
---larry on 8/18/09


"No one but God can forgive sins for HE is the one we have sinned against."
Donna66 on 8/18/09

That is only half an orange in most cases.
---Nana on 8/18/09


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One can, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 2:17, 3:1, 4:14-16, 5:6, 8:1-13, 9:11-15, Revelations 5:9-10 / forgiveness of sins - 2Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13, Hebrews 9:18-23, 12:24, 1Peter 1:2, 18-19, 1John 1:7, Revelations 5:9-10.
---Glenn on 8/19/09


Ruben-- Did God give authority to men?
Not much.

Matthew 10:1
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

There may be a few today who have this kind of authority. No one but God can forgive sins for HE is the one we have sinned against.

Matthew 9:6
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
---Donna66 on 8/18/09


I think, when you confess with your mouth and ask for forgiveness, really mean you want to be forgiven from your heart... then you have been forgiven. You will feel forgiven. At least I did.
---brenda on 8/18/09


Ruben -- How does Mi9:8 point to priests being able to forgive sins?
---Donna66 on 8/17/09


Did God give authorithy to men? Y or N
---Ruben on 8/18/09


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I LOVE Rhonda's response to Rueben - Rueben, you're reading the wrong bible.

NO MAN HAS AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE SINS EXCEPT JESUS.
---anon on 8/18/09

Please read John 20:20-23...Thanks
---Ruben on 8/18/09


No man can forgive sin. Jesus said He was the way the truth and the life. No man can come to God only thru Jesus . NO MAN
---Lois on 8/18/09


Brethren, if ANY of you do err from the TRUTH, and one CONVERT him,
LET IT BE KNOWN, that HE which CONVERTED the SINNER from the error of his ways shall
SAVE a soul from DEATH, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

This IS truth!
YLBD
---YLBD on 8/18/09


Not only can a priest forgive sins, but any mature believer can as well. Do you imply Jesus lied to 11 apostles? That's a heckuva position to hold. There seems to be the requirement that you are Spirit controlled/driven/filled whatever as a sign of maturity to forgive them. Ultimately you don't forgive them, but declare them forgiven and Adonai signs off on the release. I'll side with scripture not your dogma. PS I'm not rcc nor orthodox nor anglican.
---B-rad on 8/18/09


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I LOVE Rhonda's response to Rueben - Rueben, you're reading the wrong bible.

NO MAN HAS AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE SINS EXCEPT JESUS.
---anon on 8/18/09


ONLY, ONLY, ONLY Jesus Christ SUFFERED and DIED on the cross (very few people seem to care). ONLY Jesus rose from the dead....

..NOT "the bible", pastors, priests, ministers, Paul, Bereans,..NOBODY hung on the cross except Jesus.

Until a person realizes this one fact, they cannot know the "DEPTHS of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10). Until that time, they will have the "strong delusion" and believe that man has forgiven their sins.
---more_excellent_way on 8/18/09


My response to the question above came from John 20:21-23, This verse does not give authority to Christians to forgive sins, Jesus was saying that (any believer) can boldly declare the certainty of a sinners forgiveness by the Father because of the work of His Son if that sinner has repented and believed the gospel. The believer (any believer)with certainty can also tell those who do not respond to the message of God's forgiveness through faith in Christ that their sin's as a result, are not forgiven.
---MarkV. on 8/18/09


What authority is this?:
John 20:21-23: "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them, and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained."

Acts 8:20-21: "But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God."
---Nana on 8/18/09


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Ruben -- How does Mi9:8 point to priests being able to forgive sins?
---Donna66 on 8/17/09


"But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. "(MTT 9:8)
*****

WHICH POWER? where does it say power to forgive sins?

I mean you DO understand the chapter is about healing ..OR maybe not

the POWER in Matt 9:8 is HEALING

ALL SIN is AGAINST the DIVINE CREATOR The Father in Heaven ...sin is not against a mortal man

a mortal man has NEVER been given any power to forgive another mans sin in scripture ...although clearly many attempt to IMPLY that by misusing verses like Matt 9:8 about healing and somehow they DUPE many into believing it says sin
---Rhonda on 8/17/09


Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin...
In HIM we HAVE the forgiveness of sin.
As Christians, we HAVE forgiveness of sin. We need not ask anymore. Forgiveness is ours always, as this gift IS the reason we can say, Im saved...
---duane on 8/17/09


Before Jesus healed the paralytic, he said, "your sins are forgiven you" THEN he healed him and said, "Rise, get up and walk."

A priest did not shed his blood for our sins, Jesus did that. So Jesus has the authority to forgive sins.
---anon on 8/17/09


And Jesus can give Authorithy to whomever he wishes:

"But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. "(MTT 9:8)
---Ruben on 8/17/09


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"Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those that sin against us."
---JusSumguy on 8/17/09


Where in scripture does it say a Priest can forgive sins? ONLY JESUS, GOD and HOLY SPIRIT can forgive sins.

Before Jesus healed the paralytic, he said, "your sins are forgiven you" THEN he healed him and said, "Rise, get up and walk."

Bless the Lord Oh my Soul and all that is within me, Bless the Lord who FORGIVES all of my iniquities, etc.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, HE (not a priest) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

A priest did not shed his blood for our sins, Jesus did that. So Jesus has the authority to forgive sins.
---anon on 8/17/09


I believe that a priest or anyone has the authority to say to the individual, your sin's are forgiven, but, for it to be forgiven by God an individual has to be repented with a contrite heart in order for God to forgive him. The authority the priest or any believer has is subject to God's authority since only God knows the heart of man.
In many cases, many come to Christ when repenting to someone. But final forgiveness come from the Almighty who knows all hearts. When someone comes to me and tells me he wants to confess his sin's against God and needs Christ in his heart, I tell him God has forgiven him, but only God knows if the individual displayed true repentance. I can only assume he had a contrite heart.
---MarkV. on 8/16/09


We forgive....

Matt 6:1
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
Matt 6:14
For if ye forgive men their trespasses,your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses,neither will you Father forgive your trespasses.

Rev5:9
And they sung a new song,saying,
"Thou art worthy to take the book,and to open the seals thereof,for Thou wast slain ,and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred,and tongue,and people,and nation,
---char on 8/15/09


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Only God can forgive sins to the extent that you go to Heaven.
---aman6348 on 8/15/09


Anybody can forgive you your sins. This doesn't mean that a person can get to heaven through that forgiveness. We forgive for our own benefit. Forgiveness is a task we must all fulfill.
But don't confuse forgiveness of sins for the successful outcome of judgment.
Judgment depends on the balance of your life, and the position of your heart upon death.
Only Jesus can do this. Because only Jesus can see these things.
---JusSumguy on 8/15/09


off course a priest cannot forgive sins out of his own desire or prefference. however, a priest does proclaim God's forgiveness to the person (still, in this context one needs to realise that this is the priesthood of the church, and not a cleracy). also is it a myth that the priest has the power to block anyones way to heaven by not forgiving the same, or that a priest can magically whoosh someone in heaven after death, whilst that same person is an unrepented sinner.
---andy3996 on 8/15/09


NOBODY can actually "FORGIVE" "sin".

If you go to the person that you hurt when you committed "wrongdoing", they can 'accept your apology' type of "forgive", but they don't have the ability to "soul" forgive (spiritual forgiveness).

ONLY Jesus hung on the cross, not the bible, priests, etc. Take special notice of what Jesus did so that we are spiritually cleansed...HE SUFFERED...give Him credit for what He endured.

In the old way of worship, the people had to repeatedly have a priest make offerings for their transgressions, but no longer because Jesus did the "works of God" (John 6:28, 9:3).

"no longer have any consciousness of sin" (Hebrews 10:2).
---more_excellent_way on 8/15/09


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NO, a priest(in refferance to r-catholic priest even any other)canNot forgive sins. If you wronged some one,then you go that person & or persons & ask for forgiveness for the wrong & or wrongs that you done. God gave NO man designation or authority to forgive sins. There Is only One mediator between God & man. 1st. Tim 2 v 5.
A r-catholic or any other priest trying to do such IS Out Of Order along with their idol & graven image worship. This Is Man-made teachings & doings along with,2nd Cor. 11 v's 14-15.
---Lawrence on 8/14/09


priests are not divine and are not God

ONLY God forgives sin because sin is AGAINST God

forgiveness by a flesh and blood MORTAL man is worthless in the eyes of Almighty God
---Rhonda on 8/14/09


To Whosoever Has An Ear To Hear?

As 'Priest'(Rev.1:5-6) unto God, we're strengthened to do all things through the Son of man who has power on earth to forgive sins.
---Shawn.M.T. on 8/14/09


No, only God can forgive sins and that was provided for by Jesus' death on the Cross. Only God's provision is acceptable, why should we depend on sinful men to "forgive" our sins?
---tommy3007 on 8/14/09


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Can a priest really forgive sins?


Yes:
"But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men "( Mtt 9:8-9)


"And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them, and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained."(jhn 20:20-23)
---Ruben on 8/14/09


the pharisees accused christ of blasphemous when he said 'your sins are forgiven'.
---mike on 8/14/09


If you truly believe a priest can forgive sin then go fourth and enjoy the comforting forgiveness he gives you .
---earl on 8/14/09


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