Thursday, July 27, 2017
Questions, for Catholics, About Purgatory
1. Hebrews 9:27 says that after death we face judgment, not purging. How do reconcile this with purgatory?
2. Hebrews 1:3 and 2 Peter 1:9 say Christ already "purged" our sins (KJV - others say "provided purification" and the Catholic Bible says “cleansed.”). So if Christ already "purged" (or cleansed) our sins, what is purgatory for?
3. 1 John 2:2 says Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, as does Romans 3:23-25. If our sins have been atoned for, what is the purpose of purgatory?
4. If purgatory is necessary, does that not say that Christ was ineffective in his atonement in that it didn't pay for all sin? (This is also a good question about the Mass - if Christ already paid for our sins by the one sacrifice, then why is the sacrifice of the Mass necessary? (Hebrews 10:18 - and actually read the whole chapter up to that point!)
5. How does one know if they have spent long time enough in purgatory? When buying indulgences, how does one know when enough has been paid to release them from purgatory?
6. Why is it that purgatory didn't become part of the doctrine of the Church until 1438 if it was a true biblical position?
7. Does the "gospel" sound like "good news" if you can attend thousands of Masses throughout your life and still not die fully purified from sin?
8. Since Philippians 1:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:8 say Christians go immediately to be with the Lord (as also the thief on the Cross), how does this reconcile with purgatory?