For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29)

In his encyclical on hope, Spe Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI does a wonderful job of demonstrating how 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 clearly supports the doctrine of Purgatory. It is interesting to note, as well, that Dr. Scott Hahn, a Protestant convert, mentioned this New Testament passage in 1 Corinthians as being decisive for him in accepting the Church’s teaching on Purgatory (he says, “I must admit that theologically and psychologically 1st Corinthians 3 basically sealed it up. It was all sewn up for me when I worked through this, praying, studying, pondering. I think it’s strong and clear.”).



  1. Great post. The Bible is so clear as to there being a final purification, I do not see how the Protestants can miss it. It is refreshing to see what C. S. Lewis had to say on praying for the dead; I had never come across that before.


  2. At that time, towards the last moment of the passion of Christ, the thief on the right side received forgiveness & purification for acknowledging his offence ( as demonstrated by David in Psalm 51) then received the reward of to be with Christ for acknowledging His kingdom by his own gentle plea(remember me when you enter your Kingdom). This thief faith & his final action earned him eternal life in Christ Jesus.


    1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
      1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ. The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith. The parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on the cross to the good thief, as well as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul — a destiny which can be different for some and for others.


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