PURGATORY – Part 2

Click here for :PURGATORY PART I , and Early Fathers on Purgatory, or all my posts on Purgatory.

Q.The Lord Jesus, the founder of Christianity, never said anything about Purgatory and the Gospel and New Testament references are few and INDIRECT: many have different interpretations to them.

The Lord Jesus just talked about Heaven and Hell in the Gospels.

If you read John Chapter 14 verses 1 -9 Jesus is talking to his disciples and about when he had prepared a place for them in Heaven he would take them to where he was in HEAVEN: NOT PURGATORY!!!!

When I DIE I WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN TO BE WITH JESUS NOT PURGATORY.

A. You have obviously been influenced heavily by Protestants who believe anything not found in the Bible is not worthy of belief. And yet the Protestants have nothing, zip, nada in Scripture that commands this restriction or even recommends it. It is a Protestant Tradition. The doctrine of sola scriptura is a recent doctrinal invention; first contrived by Martin Luther 500 years ago.

Your objection to the sparsity of scriptural support for Purgatory is exactly the same sort of objection that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have to the doctrine of the Trinity.

“Where is it spelled out in Scripture?” they ask.

For that matter:

Where is the incarnation spelled out clearly and indisputably in scripture?

They are indebted to the Catholic Church for everything they have. For all that they have lost, they are indebted to the relatively recent reformers.

Jn 20:30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.

Jn 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

From these scriptures, it is obvious that all Jesus did and said is NOT even close to being contained in the Sacred Scriptures.

A man may write his autobiography. But all that he was, cannot be contained in a book. A person who is intent on more deeply understanding that man can certainly get a whole lot more information by interviewing those who actually lived with him and knew him best. Protestants will not accept anything beyond a book. Catholics want to know and have preserved everything that those who knew Jesus best passed on by word of mouth and by letter. And they treasure these things in their hearts and in their Faith.

I hope you go to Heaven too. Whether you or anyone else believes in Purgatory or not will not help you avoid it if it is necessary in order for you to “be HOLY as HE is HOLY.” If at your death you are perfectly Holy then you too will go straight to Heaven.

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