From the Bible alone
O.K we are not Catholics anymore, in fact no one was Catholic until the Protestant Reformation when the Anglo-catholic Church in England wanted to differentiate the church in Rome from itself and coined the term “Roman Catholic”(1595-1605)
“When did the term “Roman Catholic Church” first come into being?
It is not possible to give an exact year when the Catholic Church began to be called the “Roman Catholic Church,” but it is possible to approximate it. The term originates as an insult created by Anglicans who wished to refer to themselves as Catholic. They thus coined the term “Roman Catholic” to distinguish those in union with Rome from themselves and to create a sense in which they could refer to themselves as Catholics (by attempting to deprive actual Catholics to the right to the term)…………….the noun “Roman Catholic” (one belonging to the Catholic Church), which was coined around 1595-1605. Shortly thereafter came the verb “to Romanize” (to make someone a Catholic or to become a Catholic), which appeared around 1600-10. Between 1665 and 1675 we got the noun “Romanism” (the system of Catholic beliefs and practices), and finally we got a latecomer term about 1815-1825, the noun “Roman Catholicism,” a synonym for the earlier “Romanism.” (From Catholic Answers to explain and defend the faith.)1
So, if, as I say we are not speaking as Roman Catholics anymore then we can regard this last Sacrament in a different way because it is one of the most covert and guarded of all. It may make of the Priest someone of Power over life and death or a nervous wreck who dodges certain Parishioners as though they were the Plague personified.
So what does Scripture say?
To St Peter : Matthew 16.19
19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
To the Apostles- Reproving Another Who Sins
15 ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
To the Apostles: John 20:21-23
21 Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. 22 As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ NRSV
This is the arm of life and death that most non- Romans believe belongs only to God yet what did Jesus mean here when he gave the power to forgive or not to forgive sins to his Apostles? Where his Apostles Priests?
We are not going to ride this particular merry go round because we have already been riding around it for quite a few posts now and it is almost academic. Scriptures recording Jesus’ words to his disciples were (Above references discovered at Catholic Answers, See 38 more below from Open Bible info 4)
😦 Scripture is telling us that sinning and forgiving is an important subject. It is argued by all kinds of people that the Christian shouldn’t possibly sin and still call themselves Christian because they have given their lives to Jesus, have made him the Lord of their lives and have promised to live a new way.
🙂 We have been taught to understand that we are sinners in the process of reaching salvation, subject to all the Temptations of our daily world such that we pray ” Our Father…”
😦 When someone sins against us, not to forgive them is to bind their sins, to make them unforgivable, if we are to understand Jesus correctly, yet how many times might any one of us said to someone or about someone that we will never forgive them?
🙂 With the help of the church community with which we worship we work out our Salvation in fear and trembling remembering that Love is His way.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
🙂John 13: 34,35
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’(NRSV)
He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’
- Catholic Answers. 2015. When did the term “Roman Catholic Church” first come into being? . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/when-did-the-term-roman-catholic-church-first-come-into-being. [Accessed 24 November 15].
- Is Confession in Scripture? | Catholic Answers. 2015. Is Confession in Scripture? | Catholic Answers. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/is-confession-in-scripture-0. [Accessed 24 November 2015].
- Scripture taken from New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. 2015. New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.devotions.net/bible/00bible.htm. [Accessed 24 November 2015].
- 38 verses on Forgiving Sins