Sunday, 2 July 2017
Contrition And Confession
(i) For Buddhist contrition, see here.
(ii) Catholics confess sins to, and receive absolution from, a priest. Thus, Poul Anderson's Nicholas van Rijn speaks of confessing his sins and SM Stirling's Mathilda Arminger confesses to Father Ignatius.
(iii) An Evangelical Christian believes that, once saved, he can never be unsaved although he can still sin. He could commit genocide yet still enter Heaven immediately after death. Before death, God will punish him for his post-salvation sins probably by making him suffer guilt but that is as far as it goes. Surely a deplorable doctrine.
By the way, I do not think that anyone should be permanently damned but surely Purgatory or reincarnation would be more appropriate than instant entry to Heaven?