One criticism I’ve heard of Christianity and of religion in general is that it’s simply a way for people to constantly feel bad about themselves. Granted, it can be overdone. Throughout history Christians have actually been quite creative in how they can flagellate themselves to relieve some sense of lingering guilt. But this is not confession.
You don’t have to read a Bible to know that “pride goeth before the fall.” We see it everywhere in our world; and if we’re honest, we see it in ourselves.
So why do we Christians confess?
We confess, I think, because through our faith we are made aware of our limitations, and therefore our dependence. As we sing of God’s greatness, we also prayerfully devote ourselves to God with a voice that flows from our hearts –a soul-cry that God is God, and we are not. It’s taken me a long time to understand that humility is a healing balm for this world, and that it begins with me.
How is confession a part of your life and/or faith?