Do you believed in Purgatory?
January 7, 2009 12:40am CST
I'm reading bible as part of my hobbies..but i haven't seen the word purgatory in the bible..so do you guys believed in purgatory? There's one thing i am sure of..it's only two -- heaven and hell
24 Jan 09
The Catholic church values tradtion and the early teachings of the Fathers of the Church. While Catholics embrate the notion of Purgatory it seems that Protestants completely reject it. They have difficulty with the doctrine of Purgatory for basically two reasons: When Martin Luther translated the Bible into German in 1532, he removed seven books of the Old Testament, including the two Books of Maccabees, where at least implicitly the purification of the soul is found. Second, John Calvin preached that we had lost our free will due to Original Sin and that God had predetermined whether a soul was saved or damned; therefore, if we cannot choose to sin and if our eternal destiny is predetermined, who needs a Purgatory. Here is a link that can help you to understand the Catholic teaching regarding purgatory if you are further interested in this subject. [b] The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031). The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven. [/b] http://www.catholic.com/library/Purgatory.asp