Thanks friend for taking the time to reply to my post; though you did not quote my bible references in full:
1Jn 1:5-6 "1Jn 5 to 6 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth
1 Jn 5: 16-17 " If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortall
[QUOTE}So apparently you’ve seen a sin not unto death so you are obliged to give your life[/QUOTE]
Sorry but I don’t understand your point based on these passages. WHAT they teach us is that “all” sin, and that God CANNOT judge all sins to be equal in debt
Jn 20:19-23 "Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 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.
So here then Jesus directly & exclusively shares HIS Godly Powers to forgive sins with the Apostles
Your understanding is incorrect. Keep in mind that the RCC existed for some 1,500 years BEFORE the Reformation and had already; GOD Inspired defined this doctrine.1 Tim 3: 15-16 & 2 Tilm 3:16-17
Your understanding interesting though. It presumes that GOD was willing to do everything for one’s salvation which is just a recent very human invention.
Christ five different times tells US to take up OUR crosses and to follow His example, and the more often a LESSON is taught the greater is its significance to both God and man…
Sin forgive through a PRIEST follows OT Tradition & Jesus just PERFECTED IT & greatly empowered His Catholic [& Orthodox] Priest to actually have the AUTHORITY to forgive sins GODS WAY.
Your “way” attempts to dictate to GOD how He MUST forgive your sins.
Take unto thee also Aaron thy brother with his sons, from among the children of Israel, that they may minister to me in the priest’ s office: Aaron, Nadab, and Abiu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
And he shall make good the damage itself which he hath done, and shall add the fifth part besides, delivering it to the priest, who shall pray for him, offering the ram, and it shall be forgiven him. [This is C-“forgiven”; but priest intercession & GOD forgiven COVERING sins; NOT priest forgive which NOW under Grace; God has empowered his Catholic Priest to do.
hmmmm my name is PATRICK [and even if I were female when you express eror as you have; they have the moral obligation to OFFER correction.
I love Jn 23:34 and this correction to TRUTH is fraternal; with the Love of Christ behind it