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{Catholics please help and explain something to me} Where is purgatory talked about in the Bible?

I am not asking if it is true just if and where it is talked about in the bible.

if it is not in the bible can you tell me where the concept came from?

thanks so much

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:35 PM on Mar. 9, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • In Matt 5:26 Jesus talks about a place from which you wouldn't be released until you paid everything you owe.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:36 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • its just a state of purification right after you die...it's not a place, just a state for those who aren't ready for God's judgement. those who are sinful but don't reject God go to a state of purgatory where they are cleaned from their sins before they enter heaven
    aliishott2

    Answer by aliishott2 at 9:37 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12575a.htm

    but read your bible and pray about it, God will let you know what's true or not.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • As someone said, purgatory is the final purification. See, because of our corupt nature humans continue to sin until the end of our life. However, the bible clearly teaches that nothing unclean will enter heaven (Rev 21:27. ). Purgatory is the process where God santifies/purifies the saved soul so that it can enter heaven. This process is mentioned in 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 Latin word purgatory means a purgation or burning by fire. So Paul in these verses refers to purgatory - the process whereby we are saved even though our works are burned away.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:26 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • this is very interesting. i would call a priest if i were you. they should be willing to talk to you on the phone! i thought that purgatory was not scripture based and was no longer taught in the catholic church.
    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 7:04 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • happy2bmom, you're probably mistaking purgatory for "limbo".
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:38 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • i thought that purgatory was not scripture based and was no longer taught in the catholic church.


    I agree that you're probably confusing limbo and purgatory.  Limbo was never a dogma of the Catholic Church - it was more a theological concept.  There was a question of what exaclty happens to unbaptized babies - they did not commit any actual sin to go to hell, however they are born with original sin and nothing unclean can enter heaven.  Some theologicans speculated about a place of perfect happiness - not heaven or hell - for unbaptized babies.  It was called limbo along the lines of where righteous souls went before Christ opened the gaves of heaven (aka Limbo of the Fathers).  What the Catholic Church recently said that while we don't know for sure what happens,  it's reasonable to hope that unbaptized infants go to heaven.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 1:42 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • So limbo is a different idea. Purgatory (the final purification) is a doctrine of the Catholic Church and so it won't go away.. It's possible unbpatized babies may go through purgatory to be cleansed of original sin before entering heaven. But the two (limbo and purgatory) are different things.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 1:45 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • i think you are right about my confusion! thanks ladies!
    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 3:56 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

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