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Introduction In the preaching of Jesus the call to conversion is connected immediately with the An introduction to mans unforgivable sin news of the coming of the Kingdom of God cf Mt 1: Thus, when the Church, following Jesus and by virtue of the mission that it has received, calls to conversion and announces the reconciliation that God has worked through the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ cf 2 Cor 5: This is why the message that proclaims God as the true God and announces the coming of his Kingdom is at the same time the message of salvation for man and of the reconciliation of the world.
By contrast, sin, which does not acknowledge God as God and which refuses the community with God that God offers man since the beginning of creation, signifies at the same time the alienation of man from the meaning and goal of his human nature as well as the alienation of men from each other.
Even when we are not faithful, God nevertheless remains faithful. This is the reason why he concluded a Covenant, first with the people he had chosen; and then, in the fullness of time he renewed this alliance by making Jesus Christ the unique mediator between God and man 1 Tim 2: He concluded this New and eternal Covenant through the blood Jesus Christ has shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins Mt If this is the center of the Christian message, then the theme of penance and reconciliation concerns the Church, which is, for the world, the sacrament of reconciliation in its entire existence, in its doctrine as well as in its life.
On the other hand, one may say also that the loss of the sense of sin, which we see occurring nowadays in many parts of the world, has its roots in the loss of the sense of God and leads subsequently to a loss of the sense of man.
For this reason, in preaching conversion and reconciliation, the Church remains faithful both to God and to man; as a steward entrusted with the divine mysteries cf 1 Cor 4: It is not its intention to say everything on the subject, and it does not want to dwell on what is generally known and acknowledged.
It is nevertheless of the opinion that it would not meet the expectations that are with reason placed on it, if it would immediately or even exclusively deal with the theological and pastoral problems that are more immediately pressing.
It is convinced that penance and reconciliation are of great importance in the encounter with the various cultures in which men live. On the other hand, it also believes that there is an inseparable link between the doctrine and the living praxis of the Church.
For this reason it proposes to submit its reflections in three stages: Guilt and sin, penance and conversion, are found everywhere among men.
They are to be found in all religions and cultures, even if they have taken different forms in the course of history. The call to penance and the message of the Old and New Testaments concerning reconciliation given by God presuppose these universal human phenomena and purify and transcend them.
Penance is, therefore, at the same time a gift of God and a free, morally responsible act of man actus humanusin which man as the responsible subject avows his evil acts but at the same time changes his life by a personal decision and gives it a new direction to God.
It follows from this union of the divine and human in the act of penance that pastoral efforts in favor of a renewal of the penitential attitude and of the sacrament of penance must take, necessarily, the anthropological element into account, i.
The contemporary crisis in the understanding and praxis of penance is concerned neither exclusively nor always primarily with dogmatic, disciplinary, and pastoral questions of detail. In large areas of the present world a loss of the sense of sin, and hence of penance, has occurred.
This situation has many causes. We should, in the first case, draw attention to causes that are internal to the Church. Because of the way in which it was practiced in the Church until the recent past, many Christians felt hat it was void of meaning and efficacy from the human point of view.
To this a more extraecclesial aspect must be added. The present crisis of penance is, in the last analysis, rooted in a crisis of modern man, in particular of man influenced by the ideas of Western civilization, and by the way in which he understands himself to the exclusion of any realization of sin and guilt in his life.
They are therefore to be explained as an ideology or as an illusion. In this way personal conscience has been weakened, and the often unconscious influences of the social norms of a largely de-Christianized world have become stronger.
The renewal of the anthropological presuppositions of penance must therefore begin with the renewal of the understanding of man as a morally and religiously responsible person. The personal dignity of man consists in his human liberty, which entails the possibility of becoming guilty, a truth that must be restressed.
The task of realizing oneself is part of being human.INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL COMMISSION. PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION* () Introduction.
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This alone is the unforgivable sin, because it means we are saying that the Holy Spirit’s witness about Jesus is a lie (see Luke ).
Why is it so serious to reject Christ? The reason, first of all, is because of who He was. “Therefore I say to you, every sin and every blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age, or the age to come.” Matthew Chapter 2: So, Exactly What Is the Unforgivable Sin?
Introduction "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Augustine's view that the unforgivable sin is a state of unrepentant enmity toward God isn't wrong, but it doesn't deal with the specificity to which the Gospel texts speak.
It's certainly a truism and a valid reading/application of these texts to argue that a state of unbelieving enmity toward Christ results in no forgiveness.