I am trying to get a better understanding of Purgatory. I’ve had many discussions with non-Catholics about Purgatory and basically they don’t believe in it. They believe when you die, you either go to Heaven or Hell, nothing in between. Purgatory makes perfect sense to me. After all, Jesus said nothing unclean will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. From what I’ve been reading lately about Purgatory is there really is no distinction between the punishment, suffering and torment between Purgatory and Hell. The only difference is those in Purgatory will eventually leave to go to Heaven. I’ve always thought that you don’t suffer in Purgatory like you do in Hell but you also are not truly happy in Purgatory as you would be in Heaven. My questions are: If there is no difference in the suffering, will you be able to know where you are? In other words if the suffering is the same what would prevent you to think that you went to Hell and not Purgatory. Also who is tormenting us in Purgatory? Is it Satan and his demons or is it someone else? Who is in charge? We all know Satan controls Hell and God controls Heaven, but who “oversees” Purgatory. Any insight would be appreciated.
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