Something similar to the thread title was said in the Protestants object to Purgatory thread. This concept makes no sense to me. Where does it come from?
If you torture an alcoholic and promise more torture if he drinks again, will it remove his temptation to become drunk? Or will it make him drink to try and forget the torture?
Ever heard of a meth addict who could just stop being on meth? What if you make them suffer more than the meth does? Guess what? It won’t work.
It doesnt’ work for our attachments to other sins either.
I used to suffer from SSA. It really was suffering because I couldn’t control the attraction even though I sincerely believed it was wrong and prayed for God to help me. No amount of my trying made it leave. Even when I quit trying to resist it and my life becme a huge mess and I suffered greatly the suffering didn’t let up, suffering only gave me additional reasons to try to resist the SSA. People told me that it ment my destiny was to be single and suffer all my life. There’s a Loving God… “I won’t be healing you because I want you to be both single and celibate and to suffer … lots!” Riiiight!!! I didn’t buy it, It’s sad some do because it teaches hopelessness. DO we serve a God of hopelessness?
One day, something different happened. I asked God to show me WHY I had SSA, where did the root of it start? HE showed me. It was a confusion from something I thought was totally unrelated. God took the SSA from me Instantly and competely! There was no suffering from purification. THere was a sadness that I had been decieved by Satan and some tears from repentance but the purification hd no suffering. There was only IMMENSE JOY and relief. Suffering is not a fruit of the spirit. Now, years have passed. there is no SSA, no temptation at all, no struggle. Only the Joy of being FREE in CHRIST.
Suffering isn’t what purifies us. God’s love and mercy is what purifies us. Every objection I have to the Catholic faith boils down to Justification by faith and the LOVE of God for us. I know Catholics believe God loves us, but so many doctrines I have seen do not demonstrate this. We must suffer to be purified. Mary couldn’t have ever sinned because then she wouldn’t be completely pure. The Holy Spirit only directly directs a church authority and not the children of God. The Real Presence of Christ is not with us, walking through our daily lives with us, only through the Eucharist.
Don’t any Catholics know FREEDOM from sin nature? Why is there so much worry about little things “IS it Mortal to read the missal during Mass?” “How about if liturgal dancers dance?” Frankly, it reminds me of the Pharisees! God isn’t worried about human entrapments like standing or sitting for x number of phrases. He is worried about one thing, love. God is love. Do you Love Him with ALL yout heart mind and strength? Do you also show that love for Him by loving your neighbor?
God adopt us as His Children. Think about that. How do you treat your children. If they misbehave, you discipline them, yes. But do you discipline them so they will be purer in your presence? NO, you discipline them out of love, so that they might learn the folly of their ways. Discipline is not all about “punishment” or “suffering” it’s about teaching. I’d call a parent that uses pain for all teaching, even when unnecessary, abusive. God is not abusive.[/RANT]