Now is confession only for mortal sins? Can venial sins be forgiven by prayer?
Confession is primarily intended for mortal sin, although you can confess venial sin as well.
Also, venial sin, can be forgiven through prayer… and in fact, when you go to Mass on Sunday, we do pray the Confiteor…which goes something like this…
I confess to almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin,
all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.
***COMMENT TO OTHERS***
All sin is not equal, we can see it in the following verses..
“When Jesus was on trial before Pilate, he said: ‘He who delivers me unto you has the greater sin’ (John 19:11).
—-If all sins were equal, why would Jesus use the words “greater sin”, if in fact there were no lesser sins…? Second, the text clearly suggests a “greater” degree of culpability on the part of Caiaphas.
When the Israelites bowed before the golden calf at Mount Sinai, Moses charged them with committing a “great” sin (Exodus 32:30-31). A “great sin” appears to be more serious, in some sense, than just “sin.”
In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he denounced any Christian man who neglected his family. “But if anyone does not provide for his people, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).
In passages that speak of greater degrees of punishment, it becomes obvious that there are varying levels of sinfulness. It is possible for evil people to become worse, and still worse yet (2 Timothy 3:13). And so, according to biblical teaching, there will be more punishment for some than others (Matthew 11:20ff; Luke 12:47-48; Hebrews 10:28-29; James 3:1; 2 Peter 2:20-21).
You mention to call no man “father”, but you are wrong… Please explain the following in the Bible… By the way, Abraham was a spiritual figure of the Church, and HE is called Father Abraham… (See below) — SO MAYBE, AS YOU SAY, YOU SHOULD READ THE BIBLE YOURSELF…
1)Eph 6:1-2 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER and mother”
2)Luke 16:24 – “And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.”
3)Romans 4:1-18 – [St. Paul refers to Abraham as Father Abraham, 7 times…]
4)Acts 7:1-2 – “The high priest said, “Are these things so?” And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,”
5)James 2:21 – “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?”
6)1 John 2:13 – “I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
7)1 Cor 4:14-15 – “I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
8)Eph 3:14-15 – “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name”
As a Catholic, i can say that I’ve been to confession a lot and some of the sins I’ve done were either mortal or venial. Plus when i go inside, I’m a little nervous but in the end of confession, i feel more relieved.
Mortal sins MUST be Confessed in Reconciliation in order to be forgiven. It doesn’t hurt to demonstrate true repentence for even venial sins by Confessing those as well.
Don’t think of venial sins as, “oh good, I don’t actually have to confess those.” Think that way and you’re mind and heart will eventually erode into believing you don’t really have to repent venial sin.
Do your soul, and your piece of mind, a favor and Confess your venial sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Some venial sins can lead to mortal sins, but the Catholic church encourages her children to make confession at least once a year, and infact, would rather they make it once per month.
All sin is EQUAL, as seen here:
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Revelation 21:8 (New International Version)
8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
There is NO SCRIPTURAL BASIS for “MORTAL or Venial SIN”!
No, but venial sin should be confessed anyway.
Glory be to the Ftather!
There is no need for confession. Learn from your mistake and commit to do better next time.
Confession is for all sins.
The bible tells us that man should not bless or forgive sins. We should also not call people in the church “father”. The problem with catholics is that they dont read the bible.