Confession

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    Is it good for the soul? What are your ideas of its value?

    If you are a theist, who do you confess to, and is it private or public?

    What about atheists? Any value to confession?

    I've often thought one of the problems with our justice system is that it does not allow people to clear up problems with each other by making non-admission of wrong doing a legal strategy.

    What role, (if any) does confession play in your life?
     
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    As a kid I was Roman Catholic and of course followed the rituals including this one. As a kid it had no value for me, naturally. Since I bailed out of the Catholic Church at a young age I can't give an adult's view on it.

    However, speaking as an agnostic adult I have to say that facing up to my own shortcomings and faults (I have a list but it wouldn't fit on here) helps me to deal with them. Denying them is bullshit. I don't need a god to absolve me, I do need secular advice to help me deal with them.
     
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    If you mean formal, religious confession a la the Catholic Church, can't say I've ever seen the point, not being a Catholic myself. I do my religious confessing straight to God.

    In terms of confessing wrongs done to other human beings, I think there's a lot of value to be found in going to the wronged party and confessing and making amends. It can clear the air and allow both parties to move forward from that point. I will say, however, that if the only benefit in confessing is to make YOU feel better, and will do nothing to improve the life of the other person, it's maybe worthwhile to consider keeping your yap shut about it.
     
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    I confess to you privately.... he he
     
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    confession is another way of venting guilt...i have no problem with it...as long as you dont harm someone else in doing so...
     
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    I think telling people the good the bad and the ugly about yourself promotes mental stability, good relationships and encourages you to act postitively. Admitting wrong ain't easy. If you are committed to a life of honesty and transparency you are more likely to act that way.
     
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    Confession is perfect. You can be a piece of shit all week, and atone on Sunday.

    That way, you can still get into heaven.
     
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    Not if you confess to people .
     
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    I confess...sky dancer did it. I was just the get away driver...
     
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    people suck
     

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