[quote=BluegrassJimmie]Forgive me, but I am very new to this.
Can someone explain to me what exactly purgatory is? I saw in another thread some saying that protestants will be there a long time because they don’t pray for the dead. What does this mean?
How do you end up in purgatory and how do you get out?
Thanks for your help! (and patience)
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 12 :36 But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment.
- How do you “do the will of the Father”?
- Will you be exempt from “rendering an account” of every idle word? Will you be exempt from your “day of Judgement”? If you’re saved why a judgement of accounts?
Simply put and Scripturally accurate is that purgatory is the:
Great Hall of Justice
where Justice and Mercy are put in perfect harmony so that ALL that we DO here is accounted for, even an idle word, or a prayer for another. Everything about our lives is taken into account.
To be brief, your plucking verses and discarding others is a sure way to end up forgiving yourself.
The Catholic Church takes the Whole Bible and harmonizes it and doing that for 1700 years.
Even the Jews recognized a place of Justice and Mercy before heaven, and still do today.
Cheap salvation ain’t happening. It’s an illusion to excuse ungodly behavior. You may not see it that way, but the novelty was originally created for just that reason.
If you are interested in the Biblical aspect of Purgatory that protestants cannot confront try this earlier Thread called
Purgatory not in the Bible.
That Thread is not closed BTW, so feel free to add to it as you see fit.
because they don’t pray for the dead. What does this mean?
This is pure speculation. It’s assuming that since they offered no prayer or sacrifice for the dead then no one will do so for them. I pray for my deceased protestant Grandfather quite frequently. Yet he never prayed for the deceased.
How do you end up in purgatory…
By having incomplete sanctity at death. One example which I say is common, are (lesser) sins committed (an impure thought, or unkind word that was undeserved), then forgotten, and not repented.
Another is taking another’s property or reducing their reputation unjustly, and not righting by just compensation.
and how do you get out?
When all our culpable ungodly actions, thoughts, and words are reconciled to God’s satisfaction, that did not occur in this life when we were capable of doing so, yet did not…
Purgatory is a wonderful institution by God and shows both His Justice and Mercy to man who is not perfected in this life, but neither is he condemned to eternal hell.
Keep searching. And hope you stay with us.