I went to confession today under the impression that if you "remember sins from your past" it is necessary that you mention them in your next confession or they are redundantly confessed.
However the priest said that these remembered sins had already been forgiven (before i could say them) when i had been to confession many times before. he said that it is "bad spirituality" to hold onto past sins and think of things that you have done wrong in the past in order to re-confess them. he said that rather than having to confess these remembered sins, i should just move on knowing that God has already forgiven me. (which to me makes a lot of sense so i'm just wondering what the church teaches about this)
And I was going to confess lust (which i struggle with) and said that i wanted to confess it (but i wasn't able to say number of times, and i guess the kind is lust but not explicitly stated). am i boud to re-confess this again because he didnt allow for me to do it or should i just move on knowing my sins have been forgiven?
He absolved me.
Do i need to mention this next time or has my sin been forgiven? (because i work under the impression that God's a kind of "forgive and forgotten" type of God that we dont need to keep holding on and remembering sins that we have asked for forgiveness for but have "improperly confessed them" rather moving forward not backward)
I sometimes get the feeling the church is TOO legalistic when it comes to confession and the forgiveness of sins. People came to jesus and said forgive me and didn't say what they had necessarily done but just asked for forgiveness and he gave it. WE have to state How many times, the kind otherwise we aren't forgiven...seems a little wierd to me since the priest is effectively Christ according to perso*na christ*i :S
I may be a little scrupulous at times but i would like peoples opinions and suggestions on what i should do, and good things to keep in mind when going to confession.
Thanks in advanced :)