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万花筒 Kaleidoscope 2007-05-30&31, 忏悔的新方式

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Bless me, father, for I have sin.

Most Christians1 are familiar with traditional means of confession2, in a booth or face-to-face. Now, the internet highway may be the road to salvation3.

Bearing your soul is just a mouse click away. At this website, ivescrewedup.com, you can type away your sins.

"You know, I mean, you've got a 19-year-old that's struggling with pornography on the web and wants to put it down but doesn't know how."

Troy Gramling is lead pastor4 at the nondenominational Flamingo5 Road Church in Cooper City, Florida.

"No matter how much you or I have screwed up our relationships with God, no long matter how long ago we actually let go of the hand of Christ and kind of walked away to live our own way, it doesn't matter."

Pastor Gramling and several other church members decided6 the internet was a way to reach out.

"You know, I would look at more we're leveraging7 it. You know, in other words, that's the world we live in, as people are doing life on the web. And so instead of trying to fight that, we want to leverage8 that."

But they never expected the reaction. More than 1,000 mea culpas have poured in since the site went up on Easter Sunday. All are kept anonymous9. Church leaders screen them before they are posted. For Ashley Iodice, a church member, it was the perfect form.

"I mean, you can take your laptop and you can just be free to write whatever you want, whatever you feel and you don't have to worry about someone judging you, or someone look at you wrong. So I think that's actually the appeal. That was appeal for me."

One person confessed to stealing $15,000 from family members. Another wrote, "I hate myself, the way I look, the way I think, the way I feel. Everything!" The most common confessions10, you probably guessed, deal with sins of the flesh.

"It seems like the ones people struggle with the most, most are their, as the sexual realm of their life. You know, whether be pornography, whether be adultery. Em, all those kinds of things are what keep coming up and up, over and over again."

There's no way to know for sure which are real and which are jokes. But pastor Gramling says he's confident the ones they post are legit. Some are more painful than others, like this one Gramling believes is from a soldier.

"I killed him only because he shot at me first. The worst was when I buried my K-Bar all the way to the hilt in this guy's throat. I looked into his eyes and as the adrenaline went away I found myself whispering, 'I'm sorry' as the life escaped from his eyes."

"And so it's cool that there are people going, it's cool that we're getting these confessions. But it's, em, it hurts you as you read them because you know there are a lot of people that are hurting and nobody knows."

It is a refreshing11 approach to saving souls says religious studies professor Daniel Alvarez.

"There're many people out there who want to express themselves spiritually. They're afraid to go to the church but here's the church coming out to them. That's vintage Christianity and that should be celebrated12."

Vintage but not completely original. In the movie "Bruce Almighty," actor Jim Carey plays God, and is quickly fed up with the amount of e-mail he's getting.

Unlike Carey, who sends a blanket e-mail response, the Flamingo Road Church doesn't respond at all, believing that if your confession is sincere, God is listening or in this case reading, and most importantly, forgiving.

John Zarrella, CNN, Cooper City, Florida.

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mea culpa: An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault.

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1 Christians 28e6e30f94480962cc721493f76ca6c6     
n.基督教徒( Christian的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Christians of all denominations attended the conference. 基督教所有教派的人都出席了这次会议。
  • His novel about Jesus caused a furore among Christians. 他关于耶稣的小说激起了基督教徒的公愤。
2 confession 8Ygye     
n.自白,供认,承认
参考例句:
  • Her confession was simply tantamount to a casual explanation.她的自白简直等于一篇即席说明。
  • The police used torture to extort a confession from him.警察对他用刑逼供。
3 salvation nC2zC     
n.(尤指基督)救世,超度,拯救,解困
参考例句:
  • Salvation lay in political reform.解救办法在于政治改革。
  • Christians hope and pray for salvation.基督教徒希望并祈祷灵魂得救。
4 pastor h3Ozz     
n.牧师,牧人
参考例句:
  • He was the son of a poor pastor.他是一个穷牧师的儿子。
  • We have no pastor at present:the church is run by five deacons.我们目前没有牧师:教会的事是由五位执事管理的。
5 flamingo nsWzxe     
n.红鹳,火烈鸟
参考例句:
  • This is the only species of flamingo in the region,easily recognized by its pink plumage.这是那个地区唯一一种火烈鸟,很容易凭粉红色的羽毛辨认出来。
  • In my family,I am flamingo in the flock of pigeons.在家里,我就像一只被困在鸽笼里的火烈鸟。
6 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
7 leveraging c57a4d2d0d4d7cf20e93e33b2873abed     
促使…改变( leverage的现在分词 ); [美国英语]杠杆式投机,(使)举债经营,(使)利用贷款进行投机
参考例句:
  • De-leveraging is a painful process: it has barely begun. 去杠杆化是个痛苦的过程:它才刚刚开始。
  • Archimedes said, saying: Give me a fulcrum, I can leveraging the Earth. 阿基米德说过一句话:给我一个支点,我可以撬动地球。
8 leverage 03gyC     
n.力量,影响;杠杆作用,杠杆的力量
参考例句:
  • We'll have to use leverage to move this huge rock.我们不得不借助杠杆之力来移动这块巨石。
  • He failed in the project because he could gain no leverage. 因为他没有影响力,他的计划失败了。
9 anonymous lM2yp     
adj.无名的;匿名的;无特色的
参考例句:
  • Sending anonymous letters is a cowardly act.寄匿名信是懦夫的行为。
  • The author wishes to remain anonymous.作者希望姓名不公开。
10 confessions 4fa8f33e06cadcb434c85fa26d61bf95     
n.承认( confession的名词复数 );自首;声明;(向神父的)忏悔
参考例句:
  • It is strictly forbidden to obtain confessions and to give them credence. 严禁逼供信。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Neither trickery nor coercion is used to secure confessions. 既不诱供也不逼供。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
11 refreshing HkozPQ     
adj.使精神振作的,使人清爽的,使人喜欢的
参考例句:
  • I find it'so refreshing to work with young people in this department.我发现和这一部门的青年一起工作令人精神振奋。
  • The water was cold and wonderfully refreshing.水很涼,特别解乏提神。
12 celebrated iwLzpz     
adj.有名的,声誉卓著的
参考例句:
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
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