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This is one of those questions that should have a clear, easy answer, but when you ask "what do Christians believe about this" you will likely get a lot of different answers. I'm going to put a preface explaining why those answers vary, and then go into a purely Scriptural view, which is the view you will likely hear from the pulpit of any Church you visit. ...


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There a guides for helping with examination of conscience, such as this short examination of conscience and this longer version. They often go through the 10 Commandments Thou shalt not have other gods besides Me Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day Honor thy father and thy mother Thou shalt not ...


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The concept of carte blanche goes back at least to Roman law, from which it was received into early medieval European civil and canon law. 1, 2 The basic idea is that someone with authority (A) can choose a delegate (B) to represent them, with "full powers" meaning that A agrees in advance to be bound by whatever B decides to do. B may well be ...


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A few things concerning your confessor from the Catechism: The confessor is not the master of God’s forgiveness, but its servant. The minister of this sacrament should unite himself to the intention and charity of Christ. He should have a proven knowledge of Christian behavior, experience of human affairs, respect and sensitivity toward the one who has ...


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While it's tough to beat Geremia's excellent answer, the USCCB has an easy to access page with a variety of examinations of conscience that are tailored to fit a particular place in life. We had good luck with those for some of our RCIA candidates who were coming to the Catholic Church from other confessions. Our Church seemed to change the chosen hand ...


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The first principle is that we should recognize the way we treat our neighbor is evidence of our feelings towards God. Therefore we should try and do what we can to obtain forgiveness from our neighbor before boasting about our religious virtues: So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, ...


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Under What Conditions Can a Priest Validly Refuse to Absolve Sins? The denial (or delay) of absolution is rare in a typical confession. When it does occur, it usually is because the confessor is not able to observe sufficient contrition from the penitent. As the Catechism teaches: “Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, ...


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The usual text for reconciliation is found in Matthew 181: If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or ...


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(Note: This answer is given from the perspective of the Christian teachings and Bible interpretations of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), and of the denominations that follow his teachings. It is extracted and slightly edited from my article, "Repentance: The Unpopular Partner of Forgiveness." For a fuller version, please follow the link to the article.) ...


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At the very least, all of creation will be "reconciled" - ie, made right again - at Christ's second coming: "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. ...


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“Not everyone who says to Me, .. ....but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." What is the Father's will? Does the Father's will exclude " .. prophesying, casting out demons, ..... performing miracles" in the name of Jesus? The works of those who do not qualify to enter do not seem evil at all in themselves. They aren't. ...


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Universalism rejects the natural theology of liberalism, wishing to be distanced from much of the modernist religious spirit of the age (a century ago), to recover what it would call Christianity’s true essence. However, this ‘Neo-Orthodoxy’ was at odds with much traditional Protestant orthodoxy and the emerging liberal Protestantism. It would, for example, ...


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There are two things that most universalists generally agree with- they deny that “hell” lasts forever, and they deny that we have a free will. The sovereignty of God- mixed with his desire that all of mankind will know him- means mankind has no other choice but to eventually know him. So by all means, anybody could live in disobedience if their will should ...


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You state that paragraph 1457 states this without qualification. I don't think this is precisely true. The paragraph states in full: According to the Church's command, "after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year." [quoting canon 914] Anyone who ...


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What you quote from the CCC makes reference to 1988 Canon 914, which does make the qualification that only children who have reached the age of reason are bound to make a sacramental confession before First Communion (my emphases): Can. 914 It is primarily the duty of parents and those who take the place of parents, as well as the duty of pastors, to ...


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Is salvation achieved by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works? Basically works are evidential as opposed to causative. The person who mentioned James chapter two brings up an important comparison. The subject being discussed in Matthew is mistaken assurance of salvation. Even John the Baptist brought this up; Luke 3:8 Bring forth ...


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I think John 6:40 addresses "the will of God" that Jesus brings up in Matt 7.21-23 in a satisfying way: John 6:40 (NASB) For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”


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