pat roe – 2009-03-24 9:03 PM
More accurately, He dealt mercifully with the repentant.
Does that statement mean: If a person has committed great atrocities and at the very last moment of his life, he asks forgiveness and repents his atrocities against mankind, he is forgiven. Some religion teach this ‘absolute’ without saying ‘only if you’re heart is true, this will this occur.’
Confession and repentance should not be synonymous.
Please enlighten me.
You’re right: confession and repentance are not synonymous.
Repentance is an act of contrition: it is the soul acknowledging that it has committed sin, which is dsipleasing to God. This recognition, if true, is accompanied by grief and sorrow. The truly penitent is pained when aware that he has offended God.
Confession is the act of communicating this acknowledgement of sin to God, for the purpose of obtaining forgiveness and grace. The acknowledgment of one’s sin(s) to God is an offering of the soul, a sacrifice of the self, intended to reestablish the sinner in a right relationship with God. In sin, the soul is damaged. In repentence, this is recognized and agrieved. In confession, the damaged soul is offered to God for healing, as we cannot heal ourselves.
Thus, if the act of confession springs forth from a contrite heart; if the confessor feels truly the grief, pain, and misery of his sin; if he acknowledges his harm to himself and others; if he acts not with a view to rescuing himself from punishment, but with a view to sacrificing his soul unto God, without regard to what consequnces, including ounishment, may attend the confession and sacrifice; then God will embrace him with grace and forgiveness and love.