MikeTheMadKeeper wrote:Yes they are forgiven IF THEY MEAN IT. Believe me, God will know if you mean it or not.
As for J, in the bible it says that in the end times, it will reach the whole world so somewhere, in some little village or whatever, there is a missionary. But let's say like you said if they have never heard of him EVER well i think he would go to heaven because he has never heard the truth. But also, if he has heard the truth before, and rejects it, he goes to hell. I know what you'll probably say. If he has only heard it once, how can he know its the truth or how will he know if its real or not. Well you have to look back at your past experiences and see if God was with you or not. Even if you've never heard of him, and yet you have gotten through very difficult time and are now better, it sure wasn't the devil that got you through them. So if you've heard of God and reject him, then you go to hell. But as i said, look back and you'll see, that in hard times, he was with you because God loves EVERYONE, Muslims, Catholics, Christians, Atheists, satanists. But of course believing in those things hurts him but he still loves you but cannot let you spend eternity with him if YOU don't want to.
NO. No one can act in God's presence. If you want forgivness, you have to ask GOD and pray in Jesus' name. You can think if you ask a priest that you are doing something but you aren't. As a matter of fact, if you think that a priest acts in God's presence, that in itself is a sin to think that a priest can do that. No one can forgive you except God but if you think that a priest can, fine. If i were you, i would pray to GOD. Doing that also shows how much faith you have that you would ask forgiveness from someone you cannot see.
It is a SIN to believe that a human being, who is born a sinner and is a sinner unless he or she accepts Jesus into their heart and ask forgivness from GOD in Jesus' name, that he or she can forgive anyone of any sin and act in GOD'S presence. That is saying that the priest is God because he is acting in his presence. It's like in the army. If there is no general, the next highest rank acts as general and is therefore the general. So you think that a priest acts as God if you think if it like that.
And you are right, no one can forgive you except God so pray to HIM! Don't ask a priest, pray to God and you will be forgiven if you mean it.
Look, the priest was given the power to forgive sins through Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus first gave the power to forgive to the apostles. It even says so in the Bible.
In John 20:19–23. Let me read it: "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
As you can see, Jesus gave the power to forgive sins to the apostles, who were regular human beings. So the tradition continues but through priests.
Anyway lets say i commit a sin and i am honestly and truly sorry for my sin. So i pray to God for forgiveness, then what is my punishment. I can't just murder 3 people then pray to God for forgiveness and just like that go off scott free.