|Have you really asked yourselves where|
PURGATORY is being taught in the bible?
Or has Christ or the Apostles
ever taught this?
Catholics would normally take this post as an attack on their faith. But kindly consider the points being presented before you go in to that conclusion. I was catholic before and its but natural for people to ask this without being accused of maligning the catholic faith.
So if ever you find things to be incorrect do share your points for us to consider so we can all benefit from this discussion.
Purgatory according to a wikipedia source:
"According to Catholic belief, immediately after death, a person undergoes judgment in which the soul's eternal destiny is specified. Some are eternally united with God in Heaven, often envisioned as a paradise of eternal joy, where Theosis is completed and one experiences the beatific vision of God. Conversely, others reach a state called Hell, that is eternal separation from God often envisioned as a fiery place of punishment,"
Same source likewise states:
"According to Catholic doctrine, some souls are not sufficiently free from the temporal effects of sin and its consequences to enter the state of heaven immediately, nor are they so sinful as to be destined for hell either. Such souls, ultimately destined to be united with God in heaven, must first endure purgatory— a state of purification."
Who developed this doctrine? Did the Apostles or Christ ever taught such things? History from the same source gives us a window on how PURGATORY came to be.
"Theologians and other Christians then DEVELOPED the DOCTRINE regarding PURGATORY over the centuries, leading to the definition of the formal doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church on the matter (as distinct from the legendary descriptions) at the Second Council of Lyon (1274), the Council of Florence (1438–1445), and the Council of Trent (1545–63)."
So the Apostles and Christ had NOTHING to do with such doctrine. So it is safe to say that it is UNBIBLICAL without a doubt. But lets continue what they say about this:
"Purgatory had been INVENTED by Rome in A.D 593 but it remained a very UNPOPULAR DOCTRINE for many centuries. When Mass came into being however, these two innovations of the Roman Church became inseparably connected with each other..." Lucien Vinet, I was a Priest, pp. 43-44
So like the name of the CATHOLIC this doctrine is again an INVENTION by ROME. It remained UNPOPULAR for MANY CENTURIES until MASS came into being. PURGATORY and MASS are TWO INNOVATIONs of the ROMAN CHURCH and became inseparable CONNECTED with each other.
So what else did they say about MASS and PURGATORY?
The Pope soon accepted this new idea and the Mass in connection with Purgatory was born. Today our readers know what a financial success the marriage of Mass and Purgatory has been. There is not a single product in the world toady that has been more successful financially than these two religious doctrines, mass and Purgatory" Lucien Vinet, I was a Priest, pp. 43-44
So now we know that these two doctrines where NEVER born or even TAUGHT by the APOSTLEs nor Christ. For it is MERELY an INVENTION by men of the cloth.
Take note "There is not a single product in the world tody that has been more successful FINANCIALLY than these two religious doctrines, MASS and PURGATORY"
So where did PURGATORY really ORIGINATE. Was the INVENTION of PURGATORY an ORIGINAL piece DEVELOPED by Catholic Authorities?
"The Idea of Purgatory finds its roots in BUDDHISM and other ancient religious systems, long before the existence of the Roman Catholic Church..." Dreyer and Weller p. 107
Now we KNOW that PURGATORY's roots never originated from the Catholics but from BUDDHISM and other ANCIENT RELIGIOUS systems. So we KNOW now that PURGATORY came from PAGAN origins COPIED by CATHOLIC Authorities.
So lets go on to the BIBLICAL teachings regarding people who died. Can a person who DIED be able to KNOW anything from things done by the LIVING?
“The living know they will die, but the DEAD KNOW NOTHING. Dead people have no more reward, and people forget them. After people are dead, they can no longer love or hate or envy. They will NEVER AGAIN SHARE in what happens here on earth.” Eccle. 9:5-6
So what about the SOUL of the DEAD where will it go?
“For our SOUL is bowed down to the DUST; Our body clings to the ground.”
How about the SPIRIT of MAN, where will it go?
“You will turn back into the dust of the earth again, but your SPIRIT will return to God who gave it.” Eccl. 12:7The SOUL of Man will cling to the DUST while the SPIRIT of Man will RETURN to God. That is why the bible says the DEAD KNOW NOTHING. The DEAD can no longer INTERACT with the LIVING.
What about those paranormal activities which makes people inclined to believe that the dead can be actually reached out to the living. People should be AWARE that in biblical times there are already EVIL SPIRITs preying on the the very beliefs of man.
These EVIL SPIRIT's know the very weakness of man. And one of those is thru their loves ones.
The work of SATAN is not just to KILL or drive you to kill but to TAKE AWAY the very WORD or TEACHING of the ALMIGHTY GOD. And that is the DEAD KNOW NOTHING.