purgatory doesn't sound at all like a decent place to go to once one dies, and seems to be a midway point before one can be accepted into heaven.
yet we are being taught, believe in Christ, become baptized, etc , and more over as Catholics we are offered the sacrament of Reconciliation the forgiveness of our sins, and thusly we are saved and go to heaven.
it would seem off hand that if we receive the sacrament of Reconciliation are truly sorry and do not commit not only the same sins over again but any mortal or venial sin that we should have no worry about hell or purgatory.
yet why do I have the feeling that is not the case, it isn't enough that Christ died for our sins and bridged the gap between us and God, and now with all the sacraments we have through the Church for some reason that is not going to be enough either to spare one from suffering in the afterlife via purgatory. All we are taught is about unconditional love God and Christ has for us / BUT, there is always a " but " .
More over, what about people who live a good life and are already suffering in this world, suffering miserably, through no fault of their own. ? What about the Christians / Catholics across the globe from N. Korea , to the Middle East and points in between, who can't even freely worship in peace and are imprisoned , killed even sometimes for practicing the faith.
I am also curious at what point did this concept of purgatory come into existence ? Seems to me that all that I can recall growing up and being taught there were two choices , Heaven or Hell. Is purgatory even mentioned in the bible at all ?
I am also guessing we do not automatically go to purgatory that we are judged upon our death and at that point it is either heaven, hell or purgatory.
But based upon everything we have been taught, the sacraments, the unconditional love of God and Christ, how many times must we be saved and purified before we are forgiven ?
How much suffering does one have to go through on earth to from the poor, homeless, victims of crimes, injustice, etc and trying to live a good life a Christian life on top of those circumstances or even just battling the secular world we live in at the same time we are trying to live our faith.... if purgatory is a place of only suffering how much more suffering on earth does one have to go through to bypass purgatory.
can't win for losing, so why bother.?
or Christ loves' you but remember you are never good enough . should be taught it seems is key to explaining such things.
which as morbid or sarcastic as it may appear which is not the intent, it is actually true.