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Is purgatory mentioned in the bible?

 
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Asked by Anonymous at 10:46 PM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Yes. Catholics believe the concepts behind purgatory are mentions several times in the Bible. The main verse is 1 Cor 3:14–15: "If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire."

    You see, the Latinate word purgatory means a purgation or burning by fire. Paul in these verses refers to a purgation process whereby a man is saved even though his works are burned away. This is precisely what the Catholic Church teaches. A person at death who still has personal faults is prevented from entering into heaven because he is not completely purified and nothing unclean can enter heaven (Rev. 21:27).

    So purgatory isn't so much a place as a process the soul goes through. God cleans/purifies the souls of the saved before they enter heaven.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:52 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • no,purgatory is not a biblical place, The bible only speaks of eitheir heaven or hell.
    ptomom678

    Answer by ptomom678 at 10:56 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Your reference is inaccurate. This scripture is means what it says. no one can enter heaven unless your name is written in the lambs book of life. Cross references verse 8 and Chapter 22:15 of Rev. Is. 52:1, Ezek. 44:9. 1Corinthians 6;9-10, 2Peter 3:13. Guarantee to making it into God;s Kingdom is to repent of your sins and accept him now before this day comes.
    ptomom678

    Answer by ptomom678 at 11:00 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Eringobrough, thanks. I have never heard of it as a process not a place. That is an interesting take on it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:04 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • The bible only speaks of eitheir heaven or hell


    The Bible does indicate that souls do exist in some state that is neither heaven nor hell. Look at 1 Peter 3:19–20. These verses show Jesus preaching to "to the spirits in prison." The "prison" cannot be heaven, because the people there do not need to have the Gospel preached to them. It cannot be hell, because the souls in hell cannot repent. It must be something else. As you can see, there is nothing unbiblical about the claim that those who have died might not immediately go to heaven or to hell.


    Of course there's no Catholic teaching that says purgatory can't be an instantaneous purification - just that we know God will clean us and make us perfect for heaven.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:31 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Eringobrough, thanks. I have never heard of it as a process not a place.


    You're welcome. Many people are unclear about just what the Catholic Church teaches about purgatory.  It's not a second chance or a waiting station or anything like that.  Every soul in purgatory goes to heaven - no one gets stuck there.  We don't have to pray people out of purgatory.  And in a sense, people can undergo purgatory here on earth - suffering in the name of Christ that God may use to cleanse their souls and prepare them for heaven.  It really is more of a process/state of being than a place.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:34 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • I also wanted to point out that some non-Catholics accept/believe in the concepts behind purgatory even if they don't call it that. A couple of interesting articles "Purgatory in All But Name" and "Final Purification"

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:40 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • The Bible does indicate that souls do exist in some state that is neither heaven nor hell. Look at 1 Peter 3:19–20. These verses show Jesus preaching to "to the spirits in prison." The "prison" cannot be heaven, because the people there do not need to have the Gospel preached to them. It cannot be hell, because the souls in hell cannot repent. It must be something else. As you can see, there is nothing unbiblical about the claim that those who have died might not immediately go to heaven or to hell.


    I think you need to keep reading.  This passage refers to Christ descent into Hades when he preached unto the spirits. which refers to those lost souls in hell who have rejected God. This preaching was the announcement of His triumph on the Cross, w hich sealed the fate of these doomed souls.   

    ptomom678

    Answer by ptomom678 at 11:49 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • "though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire."
    that seems to say it for me.....you believed and all that..but you were a bad boy soemtimes, gotta get a spanking before you get int oheaven. aka "only through fire" seems like a cleansing to me.

    it is within my life experience and things ive seen.......that for something truly divine, you usually have to give up something or endure something , a great hardship.....god doesnt hold our hands and walk us thru rose gardens....rather throws the thorns at us and says keep standing even as they cut and find your inner strength...thru that you discover character amongst others.

    when we die..i dont care how holy you are, we are human and we have all sinned ahve some stains upon our soul. do you think any heaven would want that tarnish upon them? no. it has to be cleansed first. but their are also parts that say to pray for your deceased so that their cleansing is swift
    moki1984

    Answer by moki1984 at 12:18 AM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • it has to be cleansed first. but their are also parts that say to pray for your deceased so that their cleansing is swift

    Where? I think you may be mistaken.
    Reading the book of Revelation is a book that has alot of Jewish imagery. You must understand the why and the time it was written which I do not think you do. For any novice searching scripture they need to read the Gospel of John which explains who Jesus is and why He came and How to be born again. Every new any one interested in becoming a believer needs to start with this first. A newborn baby cannot start his nutrition on food with substance he cannot digest it. It is the same in the spirit. When a person is born again they must stay with the sincere milk of the word so they can digest it. If you are not born again you just need to learn and apply the plan of salvation first.
    ptomom678

    Answer by ptomom678 at 1:19 AM on Jul. 8, 2009

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