I know purgarory is a dogma but i cannot find any pattristic testimony on it before orgien, all the quotes i find on praying for the dead dont automatically mean purgatory, since some of the apostolic fathers taught the dead go to a place neither heaven and Hell before the last day, any help?
The Jews believed it before Christ (see 2 Maccabees) and even to this day they believe in the final purification, praying a prayer called the Mourner’s Kaddish for their loved one’s purification. St Paul also prayed for Onesiphorus in 2 Timothy.
The word Trinity wasn’t used in the beginning either. Does that mean the understanding of the Trinity, wasn’t believed before it was named?
Broadly speaking, the following describes a process that takes place for someone who is saved, NOT lost, but still goes through a cleansing process before entering heaven. It doesn’t say Purgatory. But the process describes purgatory AFTER one dies and is judged (the Day), which is after judgement but before heaven.
1 Cor 3: 12 Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble— 13 each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day[b] will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.14 If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.