Is it true that Catholics believe that if you have been "a bad person" all of your life, that when you die, you will go here (purgatory...a place like hell) for a while until you pay your debt, and then you go to heaven? This what I have heard so I want to clear it up if it is a misconception. Also, what happens to you in purgatory?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 5:25 PM on Oct. 9, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs
The best explanation I've heard about purgatory is from this youtube clip. It doesn't say purgatory but you'll get the concept. Everyone that is in "purgatory" will go to heaven, but NOT everyone goes to purgatory. Also purgatory isn't so much is place as it is a state of mind; so also may never go to purgatory in the after life.... The clip will show how it's a state of mind. Youtube link (5 minute video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcBS3y9Pc5E
Answer by SAHMinIL at 7:56 PM on Oct. 9, 2008
Answer by SAHMinIL at 8:02 PM on Oct. 9, 2008
Purgatory (Lat., "purgare", to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is 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.
Answer by njmommy2boys at 9:32 PM on Oct. 9, 2008
Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 PM on Oct. 9, 2008
Answer by SAHMinIL at 10:08 PM on Oct. 9, 2008
Also this might be helpful: http://www.catholic.com/library/Purgatory.asp Or this: http://www.catholic.com/library/Roots_of_Purgatory.aspmore next post.
Also this JEWISH belief might be informational. Remember Jesus was a Jew. "Kaddish": Judaism requires a mourner to stand up every day, publicly (i.e., in front of a minyan, a quorum of 10 adult men), and reaffirm faith in G-d despite this loss. To do so inures to the merit of the deceased in the eyes of G-d, because the deceased must have been a very good parent to raise a child who could express such faith in the face of personal loss. According to Jewish tradition, the soul must spend some time purifying itself before it can enter the World to Come.
Answer by Anonymous at 8:58 PM on Oct. 10, 2008
Answer by SAHMinIL at 9:53 PM on Oct. 10, 2008
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