It’s rather complicated situation, but I’ll try to explain clearly, so bear with me.
My friend, Mary, is a youth leader for a few years. Recently she asked me for help because one of the junior, Michelle, asked her question about Trinity.
Michelle believes that the ruler of the universe is God the Father and Mother Mary. She believes that the Holy Spirit is from God the Father, but she doesn’t believe that Jesus is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, she believes that Jesus is just a human because he prayed to the Father all the time and look up to the Father. She believes that receiving Eucharist is for the forgiveness of sin.
Later I found out that Mary didn’t do a great job in explaining about it (she sent me her email to Michelle).
She stated that there was only 6 Sacraments; Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Annointing, Matrimony/Holy Order. I asked her why and she told it was to simplify the explanation.
She stated that the Eucharist isn’t for the forgiveness of sin. It’s to unite us with Christ.
Then she explained about Reconciliation. She said that if A is quarreling with B, A will ask C to reconcile them. So she said priest is the mediator between God and human (not in persona Christi).
Lastly, she gave an explanation that made my jaw dropped to the floor. I know she just tried to just an illustration, but I don’t think it was good for a person who doesn’t know the real teaching of the Church.
After listening to the story, Michelle said “why should he die for me? I could handly my own sin.”
The story is in the next post below.