Why would God want to cause us terrible pain of fire for an indefinite time after we die? If God is merciful and kind, wouldn’t He cleanse us in a way that is not painful? I don’t understand why Catholics insist a kind and loving God would be the cause of pain. I am a cradle Cathlolic, but have been away from the Church for a good many years, and just within the last year have come back. But the more I read here, the more scared of God I become. In one breath you all say God is love, gentleness and goodness, and in the other breath you strike fear of God being one of wrath and pain. It is really a mixed message.
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