‘how much will that sin cost me?’

An indulgence, in Roman Catholic theology, is the full or partial remission of temporal punishment due for sins which have already been forgiven. The indulgence is granted by the church after the sinner has confessed and received absolution. The belief is that indulgences draw on the storehouse of merit acquired by Jesus’ sacrifice and the virtues and penances of the saints. They are granted for specific good works and prayers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indulgence

In recent months, dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago — the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife — and reminding them of the church’s clout in mitigating the wages of sin.[1]

Catholic churches have recently revived indulgences, a spiritual tradition that faded away in the 1960’s after the Second Vatican Council. The indulgence, as Paul Vitello of The New York Times explained in a recent article, is “a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife.” Some liberal Catholics see the return of indulgences as a setback to modernization of the church. But church leaders say they deepen the spiritual experience of seeking penance. [2]

Religion thrives on the elements and works of the flesh to convince one that they can find favor with God. It’s like the individual who says “have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Trust me, God is not impressed with religion or the rites that it often propagates. Look to Jesus Christ my friend, the captian of our salvation.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1 Peter 1:18-25

My friend let me encourage you to turn to Christ and rest in His precious blood to redeem the penalty for your sin…. leave your wallet in your pocket. “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

This sounds a little like the priest in the days of Hosea….

When the people bring their sin offerings the priest get fed. So the priest are glad when the people sin. Hosea 4:8


[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/nyregion/10indulgence.html?_r=1

[2] http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/sin-and-its-indulgences/