Forgiveness of sins comes only from Jesus

“Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine,” Pope Francis told his congregation at Mass on April 8. “It’s not a program for life survival, or education, or peacemaking.”

Apr 16, 2014

VATICAN: “Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine,” Pope Francis told his congregation at Mass on April 8. “It’s not a program for life survival, or education, or peacemaking.”

“Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross,” the Pope continued. Commenting on the day’s Scripture reading, in which Moses fashioned a bronze serpent, and the Israelites who looked upon it were healed, the Holy Father drew the comparison with Jesus on the Cross, who heals the sins of his people. “In the desert sin was lifted up, but it is a sin that seeks salvation,” the Pontiff said.

“It is impossible for us to free ourselves from sin by ourselves,” the Pope emphasized. He observed that many leaders of the Israeli people, including at the time of Christ, believed that they could achieve forgiveness by following a code of conduct. The Pope stressed that we can be delivered from our sins only when we lift our eyes to Jesus, and realize that He has taken our sins upon Himself, so that “your wounds will be healed, your sins will be forgiven.” --CWN

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