[quote="Jon_S, post:12, topic:344795"]
God does not need a priest. Just like he did not need a sacrifice of animals in the Old Testament. Instead, these things are things he COMMANDS of us in order for us to properly commune with him, and properly practice our faith in Him.
We are bound by the Sacraments, by what God has revealed for us to do. It is his instruction and we are to do it. So if there is a priest available, we must go to that priest for absolution of our sins, just as in the old testament they HAD to go to the priest with animal sacrifice.
If there is no priest around, then you should make a perfect act of contrition before God and hope in his mercy and justice.
The Catholic Church teaches Catholics to do this and then to get to a priest as soon as possible.
So if someone on a desert island commits a sin, he could pray to God for forgiveness and vow to go to Confession with a Priest should it ever become available.
Example of a Perfect Act of Contrition:
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell;
but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.
[quote="ynotzap, post:13, topic:344795"]
When Adam sinned by pride (be like God if you eat the fruit) God said "you shall die the death" This punishment went to all of mankind. We inherited the punishment called original sin. Heaven was, closed, conversation with God ceased, the Holy Spirit was lost to man. God promised a redeemer. (Jesus). This sin caused the original gift of justice, that is that all of man's actions were controled by his reason, which was enlightened by the Holy Spirit. This was lost and Adam and Eve after sinning felt guilt, they hid, and found they were naked.They were naked before the Fall and they had no problems with guilt because their passions were controlled by right reason. (a gift from God). They and us experienced effects from this loss of rational rule. ;The church call these effects, concupiscence, darkness of mind, and weakness of will. Concupisence (meaning with-disire) morally means we have a strong leaning towards the sensual. It is not a sin in itself, but can tempt or influence to sin.our will power is weak, and we are ignorant regarding truth. Jesus said "forgive them for they do not know what they do". ST. Paul said "The things I do are the things I don't want to do and the things I want to do are the things I don't do, who will help me, Jesus Christ. Baptism takes away Original sin, but not its effects. Pride, self-love, selfishness are effects of sin. It is by the Holy Spirit that we receive the grace through the merits of Jesus that we are perfected of these effects of original sin. The late St.Padre Pio stated that he was constantly troubled by an evil angel who took advantage of the effect of concupisence. Look at society, there is over-whelming evidence of this truth. :blush: Lord help us inspite of our weaknesses!!
thank you for your responces