The concept of absolution of sins started with the early Christian Church where certain officers of the Church were granted powers to forgive sins to sinners who confessed. This generally took the form of public confessions and pardons. It later evolved into a private ceremony, a form which it retains until today.
Usually the penitent goes to the priest who hears his or her confessions in private, and then this priest declares the sins forgiven using the words "I absolve thee from thy sins in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
In doing this, the Church believed that it was following a tradition that could be traced all the way back to Jesus (Matthew 9.2) where He told a paralytic that his sins had been forgiven him. The Church believed that its priests had become envoys of God and as such had been granted authority which could only be assumed by such envoys such as the forgiveness of sins.
In order to understand what absolution really is, we must first of all have an idea of what sin is. In a nutshell, sin corresponds to an act which has been perpetrated contrary to the Laws of God; be it a general act of disobedience to the Laws, or a specific act of injury to another creature. In either case, these acts result from the exercise of the free will or volition which is inherent in the spirit. Being a spiritual act, having proceeded from the inner being, it takes on a form corresponding to the nature of the deed. An act of injury to another individual connects the perpetrator to the injured person. These acts can take the form of words, thoughts or deeds.
Now the Laws of God govern absolution from sin or guilt and there are strict conditions which must be fulfilled before an individual is absolved from his or her guilt. As mentioned above, in the case of an injury to another person, threads of fate connect the two persons to each other and until the injured party truly forgives, these remain uninfluenced unless the perpetrator has meanwhile changed inwardly.
In this case, other threads which form as a result of his good volition form a protection around him so that when the returning evil radiations arrive as they must do in any case, they bounce off him. He then redeems his guilt through some symbolic action in which case also automatically the connection he had to the injured party is released.
From this it can be seen that there can be no question of a third party intervening in this matter, since this third party is not interwoven into the threads of fate. These threads remain uninfluenced. In the case of Jesus and other Divine Envoys, it is to be assumed that all these conditions would previously have been fulfilled before they can pronounce sins forgiven. The Divine Envoys would have seen the state of the souls of the parties involved and as such are in a position to issue such statements.
Since human beings are not in a position to become Divine Envoys, as this is only possible to those of the same Essence as God, it is therefore presumptuous for Church dignitaries to claim that they can forgive sins. It is even sacrilege and a deliberate swindle.
The Laws of God cannot be bargained with and in engaging in these practices the Church has and is still giving people reason to believe that once they confess their sins to officers who have been deemed "qualified" to listen to confessions and once these officers declared that their sins had been forgiven, then they are truly forgiven. This is, however, a deception which does not allow the majority of people to take the Laws of God as seriously as they should. The people, thinking that their previous sins had been forgiven continue to live carefree lives. However, the reality is that their previous sins were never forgiven and they even add new ones.
The burden of guilt here fall not only on these officers of the Church for deceiving the masses but also on these masses for allowing themselves to be so deceived, thinking that the Laws of God can be so influenced. It is even blasphemous. But of course in the early Church such deceptions were probably deemed necessary in order to increase the number of adherents.
In doing this they cared not for the welfare of the souls of these adherents but for their own earthly expansion and influence. The teaching of the Word of God took the back seat. In this fashion, they probably consigned hundred of thousands if not millions of souls to the risk of perdition because these people never really learned what was necessary for the salvation of their souls. They never realised that all that really mattered was the personal effort towards salvation in the constant effort required to cast off the burden of previous guilt through the exercise of the power of good volition and the promise to continue to strive in this direction.