This is fine, but a question here. Jesus is alive and well. We are Christians, and being so we are in Jesus and Jesus is in us. Jesus is our the High Priest. Why is the need to confess your sin to a man, priest, instead of repenting from your sin to the Jesus, the High Priest? Also, confessing a sin to anyone, but not repenting from it, does not lead to forgiveness. And if a Christian does repent of the sin, and is forgiven of the sin due to the repentance, what is the purpose of confessing it to a priest?
I like to quote Scripture in which Jesus himself granted his apostles the authority to forgive sins.
“As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” (John 20:21), just as the apostles were to carrying Christ’s message to the whole world, so they were to carry his forgiveness: “Truly, I say to you whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loose in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)
This power was understood as coming from God. "All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and to give us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18), Indeed, confirms Paul, “we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5:20).
Some say that any power given to the apostles died with them. Not so. So power must have, such as the ability to write Scripture, spiritual society had to be passed down from generation to generation. If they cease, the Church would cease, except as to make disciples of all nations.
God has send Jesus to forgive sins, but after his resurrection, Jesus told the apostles. "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. And when he said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Received, the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained. (John 20:21-23). This is the one of only time time we are told that God breathed on man, the other being Genesis 2:7, when he made man a living soul. It emphasizes how important the estabment of the sacrament of penance or reconciliation.
I like to quote John Martignoni in his two min apologetics, in the question of the confession.
*Question: Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest, rather than going directly to God?
Answer: Well, the quick answer is because that’s the way God wants us to do it. In James 5:16, God, through Sacred Scripture, commands us to “confess our sins to one another.” Notice, Scripture does not say confess your sins straight to God and only to God…it says confess your sins to one another.
In Matthew, chapter 9, verse 6, Jesus tells us that He was given authority on earth to forgive sins. And then Scripture proceeds to tell us, in verse 8, that this authority was given to “men”…plural.
In John 20, verses 21-23, what is the 1st thing Jesus says to the gathered disciples on the night of His resurrection? “Jesus said to them, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’” How did the Father send Jesus? Well, we just saw in Mt 9 that the Father sent Jesus with the authority on earth to forgive sins. Now, Jesus sends out His disciples as the Father has sent Him…so, what authority must Jesus be sending His disciples out with? The authority on earth to forgive sins. And, just in case they didn’t get it, verses 22-23 say this, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’”
Why would Jesus give the Apostles the power to forgive or to retain sins if He wasn’t expecting folks to confess their sins to them? And how could they forgive or retain sins if no one was confessing their sins to them?
The Bible tells us to confess our sins to one another. It also tells us that God gave men the authority on Earth to forgive sins. Jesus sends out His disciples with the authority on earth to forgive sins. When Catholics confess our sins to a priest, we are simply following the plan laid down by Jesus Christ. He forgives sins through the priest…it is God’s power, but He exercises that power through the ministry of the priest.*
Yes, because this is what Scripture teaches. This is an interesting statement. What do you have faith in for the forgiveness of your sins?
To answer your question, yes I have faith to have my sins forgiven because I believe Jesus granted priest the authority to forgive sins. Though it is not faith alone because I do not believe in the Faith Alone doctrine.