Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, "Why does this man [Jesus] speak that way? He [Jesus] is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins" (Mk2:6-7)? In fairness it should be pointed out that some Protestants do believe in Confession to a confessor, Martin Luther for example. NO PLACE IN THE ENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT ...DOES JESUS OR THE APOSTLES EVER SAY THAT ONLY GOD CAN FORGIVE SINS!!!
Jim Kerr cites Mark 2:7 as proof that confessing sins to a priest is wrong. He goes on to say; ONLY God can forgive sins, and Christ, being God, has the power to do so as well! Let’s give Jim credit for getting a couple of things correct. He said God can forgive sins. This is correct. He said; Christ is God, correct.
He only gets it wrong when he says ONLY God can forgive sins and then cites Mark 2:7 as a proof text; “Why does this man speak this way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins" (Mk 2:7)? This of course begs the question if Jesus didn’t say only God can forgive sins and the Apostles didn’t say it; who was speaking in Mark 2:7)? They leave out Mark 2:6; (the context) "now some of the SCRIBES were sitting there asking themselves." Mark 2:6 is left out because this clearly shows that it was neither Jesus nor the Apostles, but it was the SCRIBES who made the statement; GOD ALONE CAN FORGIVE SINS. And so people who believe that God alone can forgive sins are not followers of Jesus, but followers of the people who opposed Jesus.
- Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, "Why does this man [Jesus] speak that way? He [Jesus] is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins" (Mk 2:6-7)?
Notice, it was the scribes who first accused Jesus of BLASPHEMY, and then the Scribes said; Who but God alone can forgive sins? My question to people, who want to use this for a proof text for God alone forgiving sin, would you also accept the phrase before it, where Jesus is called a blasphemer? I had one person who said you have to believe the verse "Who but God alone can for give sins" even it was the scribes saying it because the statement was in the Bible. I reminded him that these same scribes called Jesus a blasphemer. Does that mean, we must beleive that that Jesus is a blasphemer? After all, using his logic it says so in the Bible.
There is a reason Jim and others do not bring up (the context) verse 6. Once you do, you can no longer suggest that this is coming from Jesus and the Apostles; it is coming from those who opposed Jesus and called Him a blasphemer.
The scribes (who apposed Jesus) and EVANGELICALS of today claim "God alone can forgive sins" (Mk 2:7). And since Jesus didn’t say ONLY GOD CAN FORGIVE SINS, what did He say if anything. Does Jesus allow for man involvement in the confessing of sin? The answer is yes. Jesus gave the power to the Church and specifically the Apostles. "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (Jn 20:23).