Is there such a thing in the bible? The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "Purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031). The bible doctrine does not agree with the catechism. Those who die in God’s grace and friendship do not need a final purification to enter the joy of heaven.
According to the catechism there are those who die in ‘God’s grace and friendship’ that are still ‘imperfectly purified’. There is no such thing mentioned in the bible doctrine. Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) states: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:".
Notice here, there is no mention of place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven. 1 John 3:3 (KJV) actually tells us that "...every man that hath this hope in him (God) purifieth himself, even as he is pure."
How does one purify himself?
Romans 12:2 King James Version (KJV) "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Colossians 3:8 (KJV) - "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth."
1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV) "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners."
1 Peter 4:3-6 (KJV) "For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit."
The above verses are saying that all men will give account to God at the judgment. Peter doesn’t suggest they’ll have a chance to purify themselves. The doctrine is clear that it’s expected of those who hear the gospel to model their lives according to word of God.
God went to the extent of making sure that even those who died in Noah’s flood heard the gospel: 1 Peter 3:18-20 (KJV) - "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
And why did Jesus do this? That they might be judged according to men in the flesh but live according to God in the spirit. The most important thing to God is that every soul gets to hear the gospel. It won’t be fair of God to judge anyone without giving them a chance to hear and to choose whether they’ll reform or rebel.
John 3:16 (KJV) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
I don’t know about you but I find the only reality and truth is He. What are you worried about and what is your problem? There are many misconceptions about Jesus but Jesus was who He said He was. Jesus did not come to start a religion but a fellowship; a personal relationship with you and I.
GRACE AND PEACE TO ALL WHO LOVE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Faith Light International Church