St. Pope John Paul II's POV on Purgatory

Via the confusion of “hell” and HELL, Purgatory was taught as Hell Lite. Burning Furnaces for an undetermined length of time. Sufficient to instill Purgatory-Phobia within Catholics…

Many Christians reject “Purgatory” b/c it’s not in the “Bible”. “Bible” is not in the Bible either.

Purgatory / Purifying / Pure. Pur is Cognate w/Fire… Just as Fire Purifies Gold, so too our very spirits are Gospel Purified so we can enter Heaven. If you make it to Purgatory, be Thankful … for you’ll be allowed entrance into God’s Kingdom where only Pure can be…

It should be our desire to become Pure.

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There are parallels to Purgatory = in 1 Peter 3 and 1 Peter 4 …

1 Peter 3In the body (CHRIST) he was put to death; in the spirit he was brought to life. And in the spirit he went and made his proclamation to the imprisoned spirits… They had refused obedience long ago, while God waited patiently in the days of Noah and the building of the ark, and in the ark a few persons, eight in all, were brought to safety through the water.

1 Peter 4Why was the Gospel preached to those who are dead? In order that, although in the body they received the sentence common to men, they might in the spirit be alive with the life of God.

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Saint Pope John Paul II === Abridged…

Purgatory is not a place but a condition of existence

(God’s) offer of mercy does not exclude the duty to present ourselves to God, pure…

In following the Gospel exhortation to be perfect like the heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5: 48) during our earthly life, we are called to grow in love, to be sound and flawless before God the Father “at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints” (1 Thes 3: 12f.). Moreover, we are invited to “cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit” (2 Cor 7: 1; cf. 1 Jn 3: 3), because the encounter with God requires absolute purity.*

Every trace of attachment to evil must be eliminated, every imperfection of the soul corrected. Purification must be complete, and indeed this is precisely what is meant by the Church’s teaching on purgatory.

Those who, after death, exist in a state of purification, are already in the love of Christ who removes from them the remnants of imperfection

REF: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/heaven-hell-and-purgatory-8222

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Maybe not in name, but in parable:

Matthew 18:21-35 – Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

This is the parable of the servant who owed tons of money to his master. When he can’t pay it back, the master orders the servant and his family and everything he owns to be sold to pay the debt. The servant begs for mercy, the master shows mercy and forgives the entire debt of the servant. The servant walks out of the meeting with the master and runs into another servant that owes him a few thousand dollars. The forgiven servant grabs the second servant, throttles him, and demands immediate repayment. The second servant begs for more time, but the forgiven servant says no, and has him thrown into prison.

The other servants told the master what had happened, who called in the forgiven servant. The master chews out the servant for not showing mercy when mercy was shown to him. Then, in the words of Scripture,

"Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt."

Now, if the servant is in Hell, there is NO escape – no paying off the debt, nothing. Ergo, he is in a state where reparation CAN be made. This state is what we Catholics call “Purgatory,” where we CAN make reparation for our sins, eventually paying off our debt.

Agreed about “not in Name” … All Christian Sects say specific “things” - even such as “Bible” and “Sola Scriptura” which cannot be found in the Bible. :slightly_smiling_face:

1 Pet 3 and 1 Pet 4 refer to the place where Jesus went - after His Crucifixion.

It appears to me to be a Lot like a Place of Pur-ification … of Pur - gation .
Note. It connects with Jesus in Spirit Preaching the Gospel to spirits who died circa Noah.
He Preaches so that they might have Eternal Life.

Not so shabby, eh?

PS - God’s Revelation to Man - Includes Actual Occurences, Oral Teachings, Scripted Teachings, Apostolic Revelation, Etc… .

1 Peter 3In the body (CHRIST) he was put to death; in the spirit he was brought to life. And in the spirit he went and made his proclamation to the imprisoned spirits… They had refused obedience long ago, while God waited patiently in the days of Noah and the building of the ark, and in the ark a few persons, eight in all, were brought to safety through the water.

1 Peter 4Why was the Gospel preached to those who are dead? In order that, although in the body they received the sentence common to men, they might in the spirit be alive with the life of God.

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