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below is a snippet from a short article on Purgatory from Catholic.com..what great resources we have right at the click of a mouse!!
The Argument for Purgatory
I would like to thank Jimmy Akin for introducing me to the logical argument for purgatory; it can be formulated as follows:
Premise 1: There will be neither sin nor attachment to sin in Heaven.
Premise 2: We (at least most of us) are still sinning and are attached to sin at the end of this life.
Conclusion: Therefore there must be a period between death and heavenly glory in which the saved are cleansed of sin and their attachment to sin.
Because this is a deductive argument, if one wants to dispute the conclusion, he must take issue with one of the premises, since the conclusion follows from them necessarily.
So which is it?
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
The problem created by premises 1 and 2 are answered by the advocacy of Christ