[quote:3r8lg6a2]The pertinent part of this Scripture is “[b:3r8lg6a2]will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.[/b:3r8lg6a2]” The implication is if there are sins that will NOT be forgiven “in the age to come”, then there are sins which WILL be forgiven “in the age to come”, ala purgatory. It would seem superfluous of Jesus to add “neither in this world, or the world to come” if it held no meaning past what he’d already said – he’d already said once in the previous verse and once in the present verse that sins against the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven.[/quote:3r8lg6a2]
First of all, you all know I’m Catholic. But even I have questions about my own faith from time to time.
Why would you imply it to purgatory? Why couldn’t it imply to somewhere else? You might say, what else might he be talking about? And I would say, well I don’t know, but why do you just have to automatically assume it’s purgatory? How do we know for sure if it is purgatory? How do we know for sure, without any ambiguty, that purgatory is what he’s talking about? With all due respect, this, ‘ala purgatory’ conclusion just isn’t working for me.