Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil

Question 88. Peter committed a sin. He turned to Christ and cried and begged for forgiveness.
He was forgiven of his sins. Judas also committed a sin. He confessed his sin to the Jewish priests.
The answer he received from the Jewish priest was what is that to us? So can't we infer
that 'One should confess to Christ and that it is futile to confess before a priest?'

This is an apt example of an argument which shows how innocent people could be misguided by quoting a sentence, and by hiding the truth shown in the very same chapter.

Let us look into this. A paralytic was brought to Jesus Christ by four men carrying him on a stretcher and lowered him through the roof. When He saw their faith, He said, As for you, your sins are forgiven. Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, Who is this who speak blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins? (Luke 5:20-21)

From the above, what can we understand? The Jewish priests, during the time of Jesus Christ, believed that they were not given the authority to absolve sins (Which was a fact). So if Jude goes to them (the Jewish priests) and says that he committed a sin, what else could they say?

The apostles were given this authority (the authority to absolve ones sins) after His resurrection. This fact is hidden in their argument!

TOC Section 1 (Q 1-26) | Section 2 (Q 27-56) | Section 3 (Q 57-81) | Section 4 (Q 82-115) | Previous Chapter | Next Chapter

eBooks Home | Inspirational Articles | General Essays | Sermons | Library - Home | Baselios Church Home

Malankara World
A service of St. Basil's Syriac Orthodox Church, Ohio
Copyright © 2009-2011 - ICBS Group. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer
Website designed, built, and hosted by International Cyber Business Services, Inc., Hudson, Ohio