Why do religious people go to confession, when god already knows what they did?
I can understand in some level to rid themselves of guilt, but wouldn't telling for example a loved one that they stole money or telling their partner they cheated, relieve them of guilt too?
Nice question.. I never did confession. I feel the same. When he knows everything why should I go and reminding about what i did?
The only religious people I know of who go to confession are Catholics, who do so because it is a long standing Catholic tradition, and tradition is a major driving force in any religion. For Catholics, I think priests have a special intermediary standing between God and man. For example, they can administer the "eucharist", which is a ritual in which a bread wafer and wine is thought to actually transform into the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ. This is thought a necessary channel for divine grace to flow to human beings, and it is only possible when administered by a priestly intermediary. Such ritual, myth, symbolism, and tradition is universally present in religion, perhaps because of whatever brain physiology and evolutionary/social forces are responsible for the existence of religion. As to the exact nature of that physiology and evolutionary/social impetus, I do not know.
(note, just because I refer to evolution does not mean I am an atheist)
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