John Martin

CPA, Roman Catholic

(10/04/2020) Catholics’ Confessions & Purgatory: my explanation // Pro-Life supported by Genesis: my exegesis findings

Currently we have non-Catholics wondering about “Catholic beliefs”. The two parties don't get together enough to understand each other's views.

**Confession: Catholic priests contribute their entire lives to direct God's people toward heaven. They take some unbelievable vows, one of the toughest having to do with Confession; a priest will repeat nothing, ever, from any confession he hears. Furthermore, consider some of the sins he'll have to hear committed. He'll then advise as needed and help forgive. When I go to Confession, I’m not just confessing my sins to the priest (i.e. “another human being”). God’s present and observing both of us. The priest has his vows to follow and I have all my sins to confess.

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed." (James 5:16) "Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church...If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)

Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 18:18) At confession, the priest forgives my sins with God present. Confessing my sins to both has me thinking twice before committing each sin again.

**Purgatory: I believe that sins aren’t allowed into heaven. If I sin between my last confession and death, I'll need purgatory, not a punishment site but a final cleansing stage. It’s in the Catholic Bible but not Protestant Bibles. Luther removed 7 books, two being the Maccabees. One of the best readings regarding Purgatory is with https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Maccabees+12%3A38-46&version=NABRE.

***Pro-Life: What I've found through a long exegesis of Genesis is that, without question, Genesis supports Pro-Life, mathematically. Fatherhood, motherhood, and childhood/"life" start together at conception. Genesis also reveals mathematically that "life" and "span of life" begin at conception, but "age" and "years old" begin at birth. Thinking that way, 3 math enigmas get solved.+ Otherwise they don't. http://www.johnmmartin.com/

+-One math enigma very few people even knew existed is the "Two Years after the Flood" problem. The other two problems I searched for and found.

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