Roman Catholicism despite Jesus saying that no matter how much good you do, before God you have only done your duty, says there is a surplus of merit to be tapped into.  In other words, the good works of the saints have got more rewards than even God can give them so there is a treasury of merits and rewards just out there.  So we can walk into this treasury to get them.  In practice, it means you can murder and use an indulgence, a reward that belongs to somebody else, to stand before God as if you in fact saved a life.  The pope claims to control how the merits are given out.  You have a partial indulgence and you get a plenary if your dispositions are okay and you fulfil the conditions for getting it.

Unpacking that, they say you need punishment and the saint does the hard work and you reap the reward for the saint cannot have it for he or she is rewarded enough.  In reality, the saint is being punished for you get off scot-free.

Indulgences say that forgiveness from God does not take away all the punishment due to sin. Sin should not be punished after sin is forgiven for God does not need to do this. When somebody else can pay for your sins it proves this. It is unfair to make A offer atonement for what B has done. Moreover the Church claims that Jesus paid in full for our sins so that we owe him some penance, payment for sins, in gratitude for this (page 159, Whatever Happened to Heaven?). You don’t need to be doing penance to be grateful. When your mother forgives you, do you hit yourself to demonstrate your gratitude? But that is opposing justice which is about preventing too much penance for a crime. Indulgences contravene justice and effectively deny that right and wrong exists.

But supposing indulgences are really good, then it is cruel of the Church not to make indulgences more available. It is forcing people to pay for their own sins when they have been paid for. The merits are offered by the saint for them but the Church won’t let them be applied to the person except under close restrictions. That is downgrading both to the saints and to the sinners.

There is no evidence that the sinner can’t decree his own indulgences. The limitation of the power to the papacy smacks of power-lust.
To imagine God giving indulgences because men have told him to, the way the Church treats them like her property and not his, is impossible for God is king. Jesus said that whatever his apostles bind on earth will be bound in Heaven. The bound things in the gospel are not her refusal of indulgences for when they are found in Heaven it means that God approves of her refusal which is impossible for the Church does not claim to be infallible when it comes to giving indulgences.

And if mortal sin is infinitely bad because God hates it infinitely which he must if he is infinitely good then how could there be surplus merits? It takes them all to atone a single mortal sin. Indulgences imply that sin is not infinitely bad which implies that God must be sinful for he is certainly not all-perfect. The sinister implications of the doctrine of indulgences clearly show that the Church must have made them up to get money and power for it must have been desperate and it is certain that that was the reason the Church started indulgences off.

The concept of a plenary indulgence is contradictory. You can only get one if there is no trace of sin in you for one sin defiles all you do (ie if you do good while you have a sin in your heart, you are saying that you will do good when it suits you and not because it is good which is worse than an outright sin for it soon happens that you see your evil as good) and it is a sin not to pay your debt to God promptly. But if you were really sinless you would prefer to make your own atonement to express your sacrificial love for God instead of being sinfully lazy. You would want to add more surplus merits to increase the things that please God. And you would not have any temporal punishment debt to pay. Unpaid debts are sinful and so you would not have them if you could obtain a plenary indulgence. Plenary indulgences are hoaxes.

If you are sinless and God really forgives (indulgences imply that he partly pardons which is not pardon at all) you cannot get an indulgence of any kind for you have nothing to atone and if you have a sin you can’t get one either because you are really just informing God that you will sin or not sin when you want to regardless of what he wants.

Why does the Church not empty Purgatory with indulgences instead of people feeling compelled to pay to have masses said? Both doctrines make money for the Church.

Why not let God administer the indulgences himself without a heap of ecclesiastical red tape? He should be doing it himself for he is the one that is all-wise not the Church. Our own hearts deceive us so much that it is unacceptable for anybody to claim to have received a partial or a plenary indulgence.
If God did it himself, instead of leaving it to the Church with its bizarre red tape and its profitable selling of scapulars and medals and prayer books with which to gain indulgences that would be kinder and better. The Church can sell indulgences under the pretext that almsgiving is a good work that helps pay off temporal punishment. This is logical. When you pay the priest at mass or dig into your pockets to help build a Church your sacrifice shortens your temporal punishment or when you buy a book on how to win indulgences the indulgences make money for the Church. The Church really and truly does still sell indulgences. Its condemnation of selling them does not make the Church better but worse. The Church says that earning your own release is not an indulgence but it is for paying to the Church is thought to be better than paying the same amount for the poor because the things of God and in other words religion come first.

The indulgences doctrine makes getting rid of the guilt of sin – that is, God forgetting that you sinned – less important than getting rid of the punishment due to sin. It is easier to get rid of the sin than it is to get rid of the punishment which makes it more important to deal with the punishment. When you have got rid of the sin you have to do something more to end the punishment. Indulgences mean that it is easier to get the responsibility for sin remitted than it is to avoid the punishment.
The indulgences doctrine leaves you more worried about the punishment than the sin. So it has you not caring so much that you did wrong and maybe hurt somebody when you sinned but that you face punishment. If sin is considered less important than the punishment then how could you get valid forgiveness from God with such a malicious and base attitude? By asking for pardon you are really asking him to let you use him like some kind of worthless object. He cannot do that. You are more concerned about the punishment than the sin. Indulgences are the expression of an irreverent attitude.

The doctrine of indulgences in not in the Bible. Paul meant that he had to suffer to spread the word, a suffering that was lacking in those of Christ (Colossians 1:24,25). He plainly said he was suffering to spread the gospel. When Jesus told the apostles and disciples that whatever they bind on earth is bound in Heaven he was promising them the infallible inspiration necessary to give the truth to the world. Whatever error they tied up to keep it from spreading on earth would be tied up in Heaven. In the originals he said that whatever they bind shall HAVE BEEN bound in Heaven and whatever not whoever (page 11, Roman Catholicism – What is Final Authority?).

In Difficulties (page 79) Knox claims that it is untrue that plenary indulgences can result in carelessness. It is like somebody saying that giving out guns will not lead to anybody being wrongly shot. Human beings abuse everything.

Indulgences inevitably lead to sin for you seek them for they are mostly incompatible with the moral doctrine of self-sacrifice. God can’t command or permit them.

Knox agreed with what he believed to be official doctrine and with Cardinal Lepicier that affection for even one venial sin makes it impossible to gain a plenary indulgence so you only get a partial one (page 78). Knox thinks it is extremely difficult to achieve the right state to receive a plenary indulgence (page 78) – a position that shows all indulgences to be superstition if it is correct as we have seen.

The Church permits you to try and gain an indulgence for specific dead people but Difficulties tells us that it is up to God if the persons receive it or not (page 78). He has the right to give the indulgence to somebody else. Knox has not noticed that if God does that then one should not be asking God to give an indulgence to one’s departed grandmother but to whoever he wants. It is a sin to ask God to do what he may not wish to do.
The Church says that sins have terrible consequences built into them and claims that this is why indulgences are needed. Thus if you find those you hurt hate you it is your own fault. This contradicts the doctrine that if you fail to forgive enemies then you are being bad. Another example is the homosexual who ends up with AIDS. The AIDS is seen as a consequence of the sin. But if the person gets forgiveness and a plenary indulgence the AIDS will not go away. In fact it will get worse. And God has no needs as he is perfectly invulnerable. So he of all beings does not need us to carry on being punished after we are forgiven for our sin. He is just being vindictive. Religion may say being forgiven and making amends afterwards for the sin though it is pardoned is good for us. But that presupposes that if you sin it takes ages to undo the spiritual damage you have done to yourself. That is only an assumption and is nonsense. A person can fall and pick themselves up again quickly. And if if it is is true that it takes time then indulgences are really attempts to say to God, "Hey it will take me years to remove all attachments to sin that I have developed through committing adultery. Give me and indulgence now so that will not matter. Treat me as if I do not need help to overcome all the residue of sin." Thus indulgences are sins. They contradict those who say that sin is its own punishment as virtue is its own reward. They say you get punished merely by consenting to sin for that is degrading. If they are right then indulgences is a vindictive doctrine. 
Indulgences are absurd. They are superstitious.
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