[quote=turboEDvo]I would like to build on what I said earlier and ask a quick question. I’m a fan of analogies so here it goes.
I love my mom, and will do things for her simply out of love. I know, however, that if I didn’t do some of these things (which I do choose to do out of love), she would get mad. Now, my mother mad scares me.
Thus, I do thing for her out of love, and would do them regardless of whether she would get mad if I didn’t or not, but I acknowledge the fact that I’ll be sorry if I don’t do some of these things (eg: parking far enough over in the garage so she can fit her car in. I do it so she has room, and I want her to have the room. It is a matter of respect that I leave her space to park, and I don’t want her to have to leave her car outside. A nice addition is the fact that she isn’t mad at me. If I don’t, she gets mad, but that is not my motivation for doing it in the first place).
Isn’t this a lot like say “Hey, God, I love you, and this is why I’m asking for forgiveness and saying I’m sorry. You are powerful, and I’d venture to guess that Hell sucks. I don’t want to go there, and the thought of going there is a bit scary. But, nonetheless, I am in fact going to confession out of love for you. Not going to Hell is an added bonus.” ?
If I sin, my reaction is not, “Shoot, if I die, I’m going to Hell. Confession time!!” It’s, “Hmm, I haven’t been to Confession in a month, and I think that it’s time to reconcile with God, since I’ve slipped up a bit.”
I will admit that, a few months ago when I decided to get active with my faith, I scared myself into it when I was joking with friends. We were kidding, and I said, “Let’s face it, we’re all just going to Hell.” Then it hit me that I should change lots of things in my life. Now, it’s not a matter of Hell but a matter of my relationship with God, not taking all my gifts forgranted, and showing Him the proper respect. The thought of Hell can sure light a fire under someone (pardon the pun) to change.
But this main point of your answer here is your doing it out of love for your mom even if also out of fear.
But my real question is based on somebody going to Confession for the pure fear of Hell without the love.
It means that imperfect contrition, together with the sacrament of Pennance can obtain forgiveness of grave sin. An imperfect Act of Contition alone cannot. An imperfect Act of Contition is an act of the will and intellect, sorrow for sin, even if you are mostly sorry because you fear the consequence, allows grace to work within you and for you to receive forgiveness.
That makes sense.