No Need for a Priest?
Sometimes you have to go back to basics to get things right.
I was going to write about the Roman Catholic way of confessing your sins before God, but then I came across this quote (as shown above). Maybe we can confess our sins to one another… but will it be as effective?
Everyone thinks they’re being honest when they tell their secret sins to another person. But are they? Most of us are reluctant to show the world where we’ve messed up. Our egos can succeed in telling us ‘little lies’ that assuage our consciences. But deep down we know we’re just fooling ourselves, don’t we?
So Let’s Be Honest Here
To have a clear conscience is to feel a wholeness within one’s self and a oneness with life. That’s worth more than all the charities rich people support.
A good night’s sleep restores the body, and a clear conscience restores the soul.
No more nightmares to nag at your mind, and no more having to remember what lies you told, and to whom.
Every day then is a new start, the first day of the rest of your life.
What’s the Worst that Can Happen?
When your sins are on full display for others to see, there is a rush to judgment. For others, the knowledge that you’ve done something wrong and been caught is Cathartic. They get to feel justified, mainly because they haven’t been caught doing the same thing.
But the fallout is a catastrophe for the sinner. He (or she) must now hang their head in shame for the rest of their life. Or so we think…
In reality, the sinner knows that he (or she) has made a mistake and must pay the price, whatever that might be (time in prison, repayment of funds, service to the community).
But once the debt has been paid, and time then expunges the record, the individual is free, to live his life without regret and work towards becoming a better member of society.
But What About God?
What about God? God has already forgiven you, even before you confessed your sins. You’re the one holding on to the guilt, not God. That’s why confession is good for the soul because it is your soul that continues on living in God’s sight after this computer simulation has ended. If you think you’re condemned for all eternity, you will experience that [false] reality after death. Until you wake up to the fact that your reality is of your own making…
So, to ensure that you have cleared your consciousness of all error, share your story with another, and be, above all, honest with yourself.