THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR PURGATORY

 

(LIGHT AND HOPE: DANTE SEES PURGATORY IN A PORTRAIT BY AGNOLO BONZINO, PUBLIC DOMAIN, U.S.A.)

                       “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.”).
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5 comments

  1. The reality of purgatory is one of the most difficult areas of Catholic theology to understand. I went to a Catholic funeral Mass recently. Afterward a friend of mine said the deceased was in heaven. While I pray he is, I was hesitant. I didn’t think it was a place to discuss idea of purgatory. It is popular to assume the best, but we are all flawed and presumably candidates for purgatory. I weakly agreed.

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  2. Do the people who’ve built with gold and silver go to purgatory too? Because it clearly says that their house will go through the fire as well. Or maybe we should consider that since the houses aren’t literal and the gold and silver and wood and hay and stubble aren’t literal, maybe the fire’s not literal either…

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