I have to make a general confession and had some questions?
How do I handle number and doubtful sins?
Is it a lie to say I did something 5000 times when in reality I am not sure, and I may have only did it 100 times, and the rest were just temptations? I would only say that to cover myself and take responsibility for the times I did do it or maybe have done it, not to lie. But it is really probably not “true” that I did it 5000 times, I may not have ever done it at all, and they were all temptations. I figured I would just let God figure it out.
Then i think that I am misrepresenting myself to the priest, but mostly I just want to confess my sins and have them forgiven, and if I confess something I think I did, then it should be covered, and that is all I care about. But then I think I am doing myself a disservice by accusing myself of something I am not sure I really did, or that the priest will think I am worse than I really am, and that him thinking that is somehow a bad thing.
Sometimes I think, I never did something i wrote down at all, and just saw it in a movie or something. Sounds stupid, I know.
I guess I do not understand how you can take responsibility if you say something like, “I do not know if I did this, but I might have have done it about 5000 times, and if I did I am sorry.” - is that taking responsibility?
How am I supposed to do it?