Many times when I ask someone to go and do confession common question I face is why to go and tell priest, can’t we ask forgiveness directly from Christ.
Well many times I was not able to answer this question properly but deep down I knew that whatever the Church say is what Jesus wants.
To be more clear I can say going and telling your sins to a priest bring a sense of humiliation in front of people as they see us going and humiliation in front of priest too as they listen to our sins! O NO! What will he think of me! MY IMAGE! Well Christ wants to teach humility though this confessions procedure is what I always felt.
Why we have to follow Catholic Church Rules,below is the answer.
"Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." --Matthew 16:17-19
As clearly said by Jesus that he will build his church upon this Rock named Peter! No other name he took and we all know our first pope is St Peter and also he has right to change rule in earth and it will be changed in heavens too!And he passed his rights to the next pope as Jesus gave him his rights,as he followed Jesus footstep.
Salvation is only from Jesus DON’T MISUNDERSTAND HERE but there is a right way to get it too and I even heard that there is some rule change in Catholic Church that if a person don’t baptise but if he is a firm believer of Christ then he can get salvation,RULES CREATED BY CATHOLIC CHURCH ARE FOR GOOD OF ALL.REMEMBER THAT but following Church is pleasing Christ!
And also whenever God plans to do something big he changes the person name as we have seen in old testament how he changed name of Abraham so he give Simon,a new name which is Peter,which means ROCK!
So Now lets see where in bible is a mention of Confession! TADA!
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord.Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.”Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.””John 20-19-23
Here Jesus clearly gives right to disciples to forgive sins..
We should realise that in Holy Scripture God breathed on man only twice: once when he breathed life into the clay of earth to create man (Genesis 2:7) and the second time when he breathed the life of grace into his Church.That is through confession!
My experience towards confessions is that more I do,more closer and more loved I feel by DADU and we get purified too..
I am not perfect BUT MY GOD IS A PERFECT GOD ! ALL LOVING ! ALL HEALING!
KEEP CONFESSING ! KEEP SMILING ! AND YA KEEP ROCKING !