Mr. Weathers says:
[quote:3b1nt4a1]”purgatory” is not mentioned in the Bible, the reality of purgatory is clearly mentioned there[/quote:3b1nt4a1]
Actually Purgatory isn’t there because the reality is that there is no Purgatory.
[quote:3b1nt4a1]Jesus speaks of sins to be forgiven in the life to come (Matthew 12:23). [/quote:3b1nt4a1]
This speaks of no sins to be forgiven in the life to come because we are judged according to our life on Earth, we either go to Heaven or Hell based on whether we accepted God’s gift of Salvation.
[quote:3b1nt4a1]Saint Paul speaks of those saved in the next life “through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15). [/quote:3b1nt4a1]
As we saw in an earlier posting – this verse says our works are examined not our bodies, it reviels the motives behind whatever we’ve ever done.
[quote:3b1nt4a1]Saint Peter speaks of the “spirits in prison” (1 Peter 3:18-20) and of the Gospel “preached to the dead” (1 Peter 4:6). [/quote:3b1nt4a1]
Sure there was Abraham’s boosom (as seen in Luke 16:19-31) and such a place before Jesus was resurrected, but that is no longer there because He had to be the first to be resurrected and there is now no need for it.
Neither example of your examples prove of a place called Purgatory.
[quote:3b1nt4a1]The Bible explicitly tells us to pray for the dead (2 Maccabees 12:44-46).[/quote:3b1nt4a1]
That is in error as Maccabees is not part of the Bible, but is part of the
Apocrypha as explained here:
[quote:3b1nt4a1]Besides being found in Sacred Tradition, which explicitly affirms the existence of purgatory, it is clearly that the doctrine of it existence is also found in Sacred Scripture[/quote:3b1nt4a1]
So much for “sacred Traditions” as they often times are in direct conflict with God’s written word the Bible and we are warned not to do or believe in such “traditions.”