Why do religious people go to confession, when god already knows what they did?

  1. eastexplorer profile image59
    eastexplorerposted 7 years ago

    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?

  2. Vishaaa profile image77
    Vishaaaposted 7 years ago

    Nice question.. I never did confession. I feel the same. When he knows everything why should I go and reminding about what i did?

  3. japtaker profile image89
    japtakerposted 7 years ago

    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)