Purgatory is NOT in the Bible


Comment: Purgatory is not mentioned in the Holy Bible. That must mean it does not exist or God would have told us.
Response: Are you aware that the words Trinity and Incarnation are not found in scripture either? Based on the method of your interpretation of Sacred Scripture then belief in the Trinity and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ is excluded because it “must mean it does not exist or God would have told us.”
Comment: Actually God said: to dust you shall return (Gen 3:19).Returning to dust doesnt meant go to a waiting area..it means returning to the earth. We then await resurrection upon our Lords return.
Response: This is true, but it refers only to our bodies. Our souls live on after the death of our bodies and are in being “someplace”. Unless you believe we are only a body without an eternal soul.
Comment: Purgatory is man’s idea of a second chance after death. The scriptures say otherwise.
Response: Purgatory is the name given to a time /place of purification in order to be Holy as He is Holy and enter into His presence. It is emphatically NOT a second chance. All chances for repentance and salvation end at death. CCC 1092
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4 Responses

  1. The teaching of purgatory fails to address and contradicst the sufficiency and exclusivity of Christ’s sacrifice in the Cross. Here’s from the Catholic Encyclopedia “…a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions”. This is in fact a second chance for those who have not “fully paid” for their sins while still alive. The Bible teaches that judgement is absolute, no middle ground. It’s either you belong to God’s kingdom or not.

    Purgatory teaches that we must suffer for our sins, but that’s not what God wants. Christ’s suffering is once and for all, to say that we must suffer for our sins undermines and rejects the sacrifice of Christ. Isaiah 53:5 tells us “but He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” He took it all for us so we won’t suffer anymore.

  2. The teaching of purgatory fails to address and contradicst the sufficiency and exclusivity of Christ’s sacrifice in the Cross

    Only in your mind. We affirm the sufficiency of Christ’s Sacrifice. We cannot in any way atone for the ETERNAL consequences of sin. Only Christ could do that.Please see my post on Purgatory here that explains the part we play in attaining our purification in order to enter Heaven.

    This is in fact a second chance for those who have not “fully paid” for their sins while still alive.

    It is NOT a SECOND CHANCE at all. Our fate is sealed at our death.
    Our eternal destiny is either Heaven or Hell. Purgatory is only a place for those who are destined for Heaven where we can be purified.

    The Bible teaches that judgement is absolute, no middle ground. It’s either you belong to God’s kingdom or not.

    Absolutely correct.

    Purgatory teaches that we must suffer for our sins, but that’s not what God wants.

    True, but only the temporal consequences not the eternal consequences.

    Christ’s suffering is once and for all, to say that we must suffer for our sins undermines and rejects the sacrifice of Christ. Isaiah 53:5 tells us “but He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” He took it all for us so we won’t suffer anymore.

    You see sin as one dimensional. But scripture teaches us that it is two dimensional. Please see this POST if you haven’t read it yet. You can also read 22 other posts on PURGATORY HERE.

  3. The word Purgatory is not in the bible but the concept is there.

    The Church and the Bible teach us that not everything taught by Jesus and the Apostles was written down. The Church does hold scripture in high esteem since it is the Word of God. The problem is that the Word of God was not only written down, it was passed on orally by the Apostles. This is Sacred Tradition. This is not to be confused with the traditions of men that Jesus condemned (only if they nullify the word of God–Jesus did not condemn all tradition).

    The first part of the concept of Purgatory that I would like to look at is the idea that nothing unclean can enter Heaven . Rev 21:27 NAB says:

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    but nothing unclean will enter it, nor any (one) who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
    This passage shows the concept that only the clean or righteous will enter heaven. How does one get cleaned up or how does one remove the temporal effects of sin? Other passages that reinforce this are Matthew 5:8 and Hebrews 12:14. Sin stains the soul. Even through confession, the sin goes but you still must be punished for it. For example, if yoiu nail a steel nail into a piece of wood (sin nailed into the soul), and then you go into confession, the nails are removed but the holes remain. This is why purgatory is needed to make as clean before we enter the Kingdom of God.

    2 Corinthians 5:10, this passage indicates that we will all receive recompense for what we do. The key to understanding this is that Paul is writing to believers in Corith and telling them that even though you may be saved you will be judged by what you do.

    For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.
    This leads me to 1 Corinthians 3:10-15.

    10 6″ According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, 11 for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13 the work of each will come to light, for the Day 7 will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire (itself) will test the quality of each one’s work. 14 If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage.15 But if someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, 8 but only as through fire.”
    This passage strongly points to a process or place where one is purified from their their sinful acts (“the person will be saved, but only through fire”). It also indicates that this will involve suffering but the believer will still be saved. This is not hell and this is not heaven. The Catholic Church calls this place purgatory. Mark 9:49 and Psalm 99:8 give us evidence that God does give forgiveness but still punishes us as discipline as a way to refine or purify us.
    Finally, there are two Deuterocanonical passages that are relevant to the doctrine of purgatory. 2 Maccabees 12:38-46 is one of the commonly cited passages used as support for purgatory. The practice of prayers for the dead is also clearly here. The reason this passage is cited is because praying for the dead would be needless if there was only heaven and hell. The only reason to pray for the souls of the dead would be ones that needed them for another reason. The prayers were for the atonement of the dead. The prayers were used to help make the sinners one with God. The other passage that is cited is Sirach 7:33.

    • Purgatory is not a second chance. It isnt even a chance. You are certain of going to heaven afterwards. Purgatory is where you are cleansed before entering God’s Kingdom. It is true that you cannot change where you are going after your last breath on earth. It is either Hell, or Heaven (but there is two ways of getting there, through Purgatory or if your are pure, you would enter without the need of being cleansed).

      Jesus uses the analogy of not entering someone’s home without being bathed from the dirt andinjuries that infect you. This is what Prugotary is and does.

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