What Catholics Don’t Want You to Know About Purgatory
Mark Hart, the Executive Vice President of Life Teen, a Catholic youth outreach program, wrote this statement on his website:
"… Catholics still very much believe in Purgatory (Catholics who follow the Church, that is and not “their own” set of beliefs). Purgatory is a temporary state of purification where imperfect saints have the effects of their sin purged.” [End quote] (Hart).
Scott P. Richert, a Catholic author and editor, wrote:
“Through penitential practices, prayer, works of charity, and the patient endurance of suffering, we can work through the temporal punishment for our sins in this life. But if any temporal punishment has been left unsatisfied at the end of our life, we must endure that punishment in Purgatory before entering Heaven.” [End quote] (Richert). (Posted on Sept. 6, 2018).
The above quotes are verbatim. Catholics believe in Purgatory, which is said to take place after a Catholic dies. According to Catholic teaching, purgatory is a place of torment and suffering. Augustine of Hippo, one of the founders of Catholicism, said:
"That there should be some fire even after this life is not incredible, and it can be inquired into and either be discovered or left hidden whether some of the faithful may be saved, some more slowly and some more quickly in the greater or lesser degree in which they loved the good things that perish, through a certain purgatorial fire." [End quote]. ("Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Charity" c. 421 A.D.) (The quote was taken from: "Purgatory: What …”).
According to Catholic “church fathers,” purgatory is a place of suffering which supposedly cleanses deceased Catholics of the “stains” of their sins which they did on earth.
To support their belief in purgatory, Catholic websites refer to extra-Biblical writings, such as the Second Book of Maccabees and the writings of “church fathers.” They also take a few random verses from the Bible, here and there (out of context). But, take a look at what Colossians chapter 2 says.
What the New Testament Says
The Apostle Paul wrote:
"8. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11. In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." [End quote].
In Acts chapter 20, the Apostle Paul wrote: