I have a confession to make.

Cora and I were driving and I saw a sign in front of a church.  It said, “Confessions: 3:30 – 4:00”.  It made me wonder if I had anything to confess and if I could wait until 3:30?  I don’t do the priest confession type thing.  I always figured it would be my luck that the janitor would be filling in.  Kinda like the time I got a motorcycle ticket in Kerrville and the judge’s brother filled in.  He threatened to throw me in jail and assessed the maximum fine possible by law.  Just because I said I wasn’t going to pay.  Go figure.
 
Anyway, someone needs to explain to me.  How is it that confession is required to go to heaven, but the guy will only listen between the hours of 3:30 and 4:00?  I suppose it means everyone is pretty good with nothing to say or heaven is going to be pretty empty.  Or, could it be there is another answer?
 
Just thinking…
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It is the desire of my heart that God be Lord of my life. Life’s experiences have killed the old man and God is building a new creation in me. I look forward to experiencing the new man God creates in the old vessel known as Archie via "God Spots".

4 thoughts on “I have a confession to make.”

  1. Hi Archie;

    There is man’s God, the fabricated one and the one that requires all these rules and epithets, then there is God.

    Christ understood this, and said it plainly.

    The priest thing? Christ said to call no man “Father” as there is only one,in Heaven and what do priests call themselves?

    Vain repetitious prayer, Christ said it is not the way, but go into your closet in secret and God will hear in secret.

    I could never for the life of me understand why my concept of Jesus is so much different that other people. Jesus and his teaching of God is more akin to that of the North American Indian, the similarities are too many.

    That is my take, and no I am not a scholar in this field, but if I analyze Christ in the gospels using only the Gospels it appears that there has been a few adjustments made here and there to suit the purposes of the 3:30-4:00 confession types. Also Christ never mentioned anything about confessing sins to man.

    The religion taught in most if not all Christian churches has no relationship to the Jesus I think I know from what I can tell.

    But then, who am I to make these statements?

    Anyway I realize many people have focused on the version of Christ their whole lives and their faiths could have a terrible time even considering the possibility they may have been had.

    It isn’t easy, but I have no reason to lie about what I think. I am not in it for the money or glory and I don’t particularly enjoy causing people psychological anguish. This has been a problem for me since I was a kid.

    My thoughts do that to people and even people close to me have drawn away as they feel uncomfortable with my opinions but expect me to believe in theirs.

    My brother, a staunch Christian, and I were talking about the war in Iraq, and I pointed out to him the commandment thou shalt not murder.

    He said, don’t bring God into this.

    “Why not?” I asked.

    Yet they do not think I believe in God because I do not believe much of the things written in the bible, and I thought to myself, this is crazy.

    The only thing I know, if your spirit is causing you turmoil, God is there, 24 hours a day.

    You don’t need that little building with the fancy door and posted hours to convenience the janitor or pedophile who is listening to you and could give a damn.

    Do you think God gives a damn about prayer beads, fancy buildings, titles, robes, theological degrees, books wrapped in leather skin or pulpits.

    I don’t

  2. Hi Archie;

    Just for you.

    I am not trying to attack a faith or believe per se and do not wish to offend you.

    This is your blog, not mine but you asked and I am an opinionated person.

    I look at this as point of discussion as I have learned from you.

    There are some aspects of life no one has the answers to, and maybe that is the way it is intended.

    I look at this blog of yours as an opportunity to discuss with you and your readers and I feel free to be honest.

    If everyone agreed there would be very little discussion 🙂

    Anyway, I thank you for your patience and allowing me to state my opinion for whatever it is worth on your site.

    Gracias, mi amigo 🙂

  3. I read your post last night and didn’t respond, because I was thinking…. I found my immediate reaction to your first post rather amuzing in a warped sort of way. I thought something like, “The battle is on. Go for the throat.” I would have squeezed it tight all in Christian love. Ha! It wasn’t seconds later that I grinned and went back to a programming project I have been working on. There is pride in religion. That’s the problem!

    So this morning before I got up, I was thinking on some scripture verses and prayfully considering what you had to say. I thought, “I wonder what Martin Luther would have to say about your comments?” My readers should check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther
    Wouldn’t you have loved to read his blog!

    In conclusion, I think your thoughts are good. I think you value your relationship with God. As to your and my eternal destiny, that is for God to figure out. We believe many of the same things. In that sense we are both believers, but there is also a big divide between you and I. It doesn’t affect our friendship. It only affects our bottom line beliefs.

    That divide goes straight through the book of life. God’s Word. I believe one day, you will better appreciate the significance of God’s Word in your life and your great logic will finally find a place to call home. I hope and pray I will not ever lose my love for His Word.

    So friend, keep the dialog coming! Hopefully, you (revised: you and I) won’t get burned at the stake by the religious folks while sharing your (revised:our) faiths. 🙂

  4. Hi Archie;

    Thanks, you and I need not worry 🙂

    I am somewhat familiar with Martin Luther. It is interesting.

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