Repentance is the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs, which is accompanied by commitment to change for the better. It is generally seen as involving a commitment to personal change and the resolve to live a more responsible and humane life.

Deathbed Confession

Deathbed Confession A deathbed confession is an admittance or confession when someone is nearing death, or on their “death bed”. This confession may help alleviate any guilt, regrets, secrets, or sins the dying person may have had in their life. These confessions can occur because the dying want to live...

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Yom Kippur (יוֹם כִּיפּוּר, or יום הכיפורים), also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of...

Vinaya: Confession in Buddhism

Vinaya: Confession in Buddhism Extant vinaya texts include those of the Theravada (the only one in Pali), the Kāśyapīya, the Mahāsāṃghika, the Mahīśāsaka, the Dharmaguptaka, the Sarvāstivāda and the Mūlasarvāstivāda.[1]The Vinaya (Pali and Sanskrit, literally meaning “leading out”, “education”, “discipline”) is the regulatory framework for the sangha or monastic community of Buddhism based on the canonical texts called the Vinaya Pitaka. The teachings of the Gautama Buddha can be...

Sacrament of Penance

Sacrament of Penance The Sacrament of Penance (also commonly called the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession) is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church (known in Eastern Christianity as sacred mysteries), in which the faithful are absolved from sins committed after Baptism and they are reconciled with the Christian community. While in current practice...

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Confession in Lutheran Church

Confession in Lutheran Church In the Lutheran Church, Confession (also called Holy Absolution) is the method given by Christ to the Church by which individual men and women may receive the forgiveness of sins; according to the Large Catechism, the “third sacrament” of Holy Absolution is properly viewed as an extension of Holy Baptism....

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Confession in Islam: Istighfar

Istighfar is Confession in Islam Istighfar (استغفار‎ istiġfār), is the act of seeking forgiveness from Allah. It is considered one of the essential parts of worship in Islam. Etymology Istighfar is derived from the root Ghafr “gh-f-r” (غ-ف-ر), which means the covering of a thing with that which will protect it from dirt.[1]...

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Confession In Judaism

Confession in Judaism In Judaism, confession (וִדּוּי‎, widduy, viddui) is a step in the process of atonement during which a Jew admits to committing a sin before God. In sins between a Jew and God, the confession must be done without others present (The Talmud calls confession in front of another a show of disrespect). On the other hand, confession pertaining...

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Twelve-step program

Twelve-step program A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. Originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism,[1] the Twelve Steps were first published in the 1939 book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men...

Atonement

Atonement Atonement means that two parties, estranged from each other because one of them offends the other, eventually reconcile to each other. It usually contains two stages: 1) the offender’s act of expiation for forgiveness from the offended party, and 2) reconciliation, which is a regained state of unity thereafter. Atonement in...

Prayascitta

Prayascitta Prāyaścitta (प्रायश्चित्त) is the Sanskrit word which means “atonement, penance, expiation”.[1][2][3] It refers to one of the corrective measures in dharmaśāstra as an alternative to incarceration or other forms of danda(punishment) when someone is convicted of certain categories of crimes.[3] The word is also used in Hindu texts to refer to actions to expiate one’s errors or...

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Confession In Religion

What Is Confession? Confession, in many religions, is the acknowledgment of one’s sins (sinfulness) or wrongs. Buddhism Main article: Vinaya: Confession in Buddhism Buddhism has been from its inception primarily a tradition of renunciation and monasticism. Within the monastic framework (called the Vinaya) of the sangha regular confession of wrongdoing to other monks is mandatory.[1] In...

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Confession

Confession A confession is a statement – made by a person or by a group of persons – acknowledging some personal fact that the person (or the group) would ostensibly prefer to keep hidden. The term presumes that the speaker is providing information that he believes the other party is not...

Repentance in Islam

Repentance (Tawbah) in Islam The word Tawbah (Repentance) in Arabic literally means ‘to return’. In an Islamic context, it refers to the act of leaving what God has prohibited and returning to what He has commanded. The subject of repentance is one which concerns all people who believe in God,...

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Repentance in Christianity

Repentance in Christianity Repentance is a theological term that describes a stage in salvation where the believer turns away from sin. As a distinct stage in the ordo salutis its position is disputed, with some theological traditions arguing it occurs prior to faith and the Reformed theological tradition arguing it...

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Repentance in Judaism

Repentance in Judaism Repentance in Judaism known as teshuva (תשובה‎, literally “return”), is the way of atoning for sin in Judaism. According to Gates of Repentance, a standard work of Jewish ethics written by Rabbenu Yonah of Gerona, if someone commits a sin, a forbidden act, he can be forgiven...

Repentance, Sincere Penitence and Turning to God in Contrition

Repentance, Sincere Penitence and Turning to God in Contrition

Repentance, Sincere Penitence and Turning to God in Contrition Repentance means that one feels regret and filled with remorse for his or her sins turns to God with the intention to obey Him. According to truth-seeking scholars repentance signifies a sincere effort to no longer oppose the Divine Essence in...

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Penance

Penance Penance is repentance of sins as well as an alternate name for the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox sacrament  of Reconciliation or Confession. It also plays a part in confession among Anglicans and Methodists, in which it is a rite, as well as among other Protestants. The word penance derives from Old French and Latin paenitentia, both of which derive...

The Virtue of Penance

The Virtue of Penance Penance (poenitentia) designates (1) a virtue; (2) a sacrament of the New Law; (3) a canonical punishment inflicted according to the earlier discipline of the Church; (4) a work of satisfaction enjoined upon the recipient of the sacrament. These have as their common centre the truth that he who sins must...

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How To Avoid Sins And Sincere Repentance

How To Avoid Sins And Sincere Repentance It is very important for our spiritual and emotional life to pay special attention to repentance, the greatest shelter against sins, in the following respects: Reaction to Sin One’s reaction to a sin that he or she has committed is closely related to...

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