What does it take to get forgiveness from God for your sins?
If the Pope and his ‘church’ is to be believed, you can now benefit from forgiveness via twitter – just by following the Pope doing his sacred stuff. Oh… and you have to ask for forgiveness, offer prayers, and attend mass for it to work.
Now you might think that sounds like you’d be getting off quite lightly, and you’re right… except that there’s a catch.
The forgiveness they are offering amounts to some days off Purgatory (which doesn’t exist according to the Bible) and whatever meagre forgiveness they do offer you, you’ll need to go back and get some more to cover the sins you do next week.
You might be forgiven for thinking that this sounded like a good marketing deal, but then, if you thought that, you’d have to follow the pope’s tweets, confess, pray, and attend mass some more.
You might also be forgiven for wondering if Jesus would have walked into the Vatican and turned over a few of their computer tables… since when you read the New Testament, you really don’t get the idea that Jesus was busy selling forgiveness! Instead, Jesus famously declared complete forgiveness of sins to be freely available to the very worst of sinners. His message was one which amazed and liberated poor sinners from the oppressive religious system of his day…
Check out this for the radical New Testament alternative to forgiveness via twitter:
A great blog article on this item with a good deal more info can be found here: http://proclaimingthegospel.org/equip/blog/221-vatican-tweaks-indulgences-for-tweeting