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Some background: what Purgatory is, and what it is not Before answering the question, it is necessary to understand exactly what the Church means by “Purgatory.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says the following: 1030. All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; ...


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It appears that Augustine believed that purgatory was real, but didn't believe the matter was settled. His agnosticism seems clearest in this passage: It is a matter that may be inquired into, and either ascertained or left doubtful, whether some believers shall pass through a kind of purgatorial fire, and in proportion as they have loved with more or ...


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The means of any forgiveness is penance. The following is taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: ARTICLE 4: THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION 1422 Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have ...


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What is the Protestant argument against the doctrine of Purgatory? Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. If salvation is partial, incomplete, or in need of some additional work, what Jesus did on the cross is insufficient. To the extent ...


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ON THE TEACHING OF PURGATORY The idea of purification or cleansing of a saved human spirit after its physical death on earth is a well known idea in all professing Christians. The differences come only because of various interpretations regarding the nature of this life-after death purgation of the saved. ROMAN CATHOLIC STANCE ON PURGATION Roman ...


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"1.2. It is a divinely revealed truth that sins bring punishments inflicted by God's sanctity and justice. These must be expiated either on this earth through the sorrows, miseries and calamities of this life and above all through death, or else in the life beyond through fire and torments or "purifying" punishments." "INDULGENTIARUM DOCTRINA" (Apostolic ...


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It's a complex issue which might not be addressed completely by this answer right now. But given enough time I'll elaborate more detail to address many aspects related to this controversy in great depth on my next update. For those unfamiliar with the debate between Hieromonk Seraphim Rose and Archbishop Lazarus Puhalo, this might be a good preliminary ...


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Calvin devoted a section of the third volume* of his Institutes of Christian Religion to refuting the doctrine of purgatory, his method was to examine the scriptures used in support of the doctrine and explain why they had been incorrectly interpreted. The relevant passage is lengthy, but I reproduce it here in it's entirety, and the linked source gives the ...


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The Roman Catholic doctrine also faces the charge of incoherence. I mean this : if we cannot enter heavenly perfection until our own short-comings are 'purged' away or duly punished ( through further pain or not , but what is painless punishment?!) then the whole concept of Indulgences by which the merits of others - supplementing Christ's inadequate ...


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Please see III. THE FINAL PURIFICATION, OR PURGATORY | Catechism of the Catholic Church 1030-32. The answer to the question is in 1031 & 1032. Please see the footnotes for the biblical references. Picking one, certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come (please see CCC 1031 below). 1031 The Church gives the ...



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