IS THERE A PURGATORY?
"THERE IS NO PURGATORY WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE AND THIS IS TRUE, EVEN ONE SHADOW OF THE WORD PURGATORY IS NOTHING"
THE MYTH OF PURGATORY
Epiphanius (Haer., lxxv, P.G., XLII, col. 513) complains that Aërius (fourth century) taught that prayers for the dead were of no avail. In the Middle Ages, the doctrine of purgatory was rejected by the Albigenses, Waldenses, and Hussites. St. Bernard (Serm. lxvi in Cantic., P.L. CLXXXIII, col. 1098) states that the so-called "Apostolici" denied purgatory and the utility of prayers for the departed. Much discussion has arisen over the position of the Greeks on the question of purgatory. It would seem that the great difference of opinion was not concerning the existence of purgatory but concerning the nature of purgatorial fire; still St. Thomas proves the existence of purgatory in his dissertation against the errors of the Greeks, and the Council of Florence also thoughtnecessary to affirm the belief of the Church on the subject (Bellarmine, "De Purgatorio," lib. I, cap. i). The modern Orthodox Church denies purgatory, but is rather inconsistent in its way of putting forth its belief.
At the beginning of the Reformation there was some hesitation especially on Luther's part (Leipzig Disputation) as to whether the doctrine should be retained, but as the breach widened, the denial of purgatory by the Reformers became universal, and Calvin termed the Catholic position "exitiale commentum quod crucem Christi evacuat . . . quod fidem nostram labefacit et evertit" (Institutiones, lib. III, cap. v, 6). Modern Protestants, while they avoid the name purgatory, frequently teach the doctrine of "the middle state," and Martensen ("Christian Dogmatics," Edinburgh, 1890, p. 457) writes: "As no soul leaves this present existence in a fully complete and prepared state, we must suppose that there is an intermediate state, a realm of progressive development, (?) in which souls are prepared for the final judgment" (Farrar, "Mercy and Judgment," London, 1881, cap. iii).
The Catholic doctrine of purgatory supposes the fact that some die with smaller faults for which there was no true repentance, and also the fact that the temporal penalty due to sin is it times not wholly paid in this life. The proofs for the Catholic position, both in Scripture and in Tradition, are bound up also with the practice of praying for the dead. For why pray for the dead, if there be no belief in the power of prayer to afford solace to those who as yet are excluded from the sight of God? So true is this position that prayers for the dead and the existence of a place of purgation are mentioned in conjunction in the oldest passages of the Fathers, who allege reasons for succouring departed souls. Those who have opposed the doctrine of purgatory have confessed that prayers for the dead would be an unanswerable argument if the modern doctrine of a"particular judgment" had been received in the early ages. But one has only to read the testimonies hereinafter alleged to feel sure that the Fathers speak, in the same breath, ofoblations for the dead and a place of purgation; and one has only to consult the evidence found in the catacombs to feel equally sure that the Christian faith there expressed embraced clearly abelief in judgment immediately after death. Wilpert ("Roma Sotteranea," I, 441) thus concludes chapter 21, "Che tale esaudimento", etc.:
NOTE: THE CATHOLICISM TEACHES PRAYER FOR THE DEAD? IS THIS A DOCTRINE OR COMMANDMENTS OF GOD? ARE THEIR PRAYER FOR THE DEAD CAN SAVE THE SOULS OF THEIR RELATIVES, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS? NO MY FRIEND... REMEMBER THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES US THAT OUR SALVATION IS DEPEND OUR DEEDS AS WE LIVED. THE DEADS CAN DO NOTHING FOR THEMSELVES. THEY WILL BE JUDGED BY THEIR WORKS. IF GOD FOUND THEM COMMITED MORTAL SINS ANT THEY DIDN'T REPENT, SURELY THEY WILL BE DAMNED TO ETERNAL FIRE. AND IF GOD FOUND THEM THAT THEY WERE FOLLOWING THE DOCTRINES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD RATHER THAN THE TRADITIONS OF MEN, THEY WILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
SALVATION IS INDIVIDUAL.... PLEASE READ THIS;
EZEKIEL 14:20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
NOTE: EVEN , NOAH, DANIEL, AND JOB; IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT GOD SAITH, THEY CANNOT SAVED THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS BUT ONLY THEIR OWN SOULS BY THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS.....
CATHOLICS DOGMA PRAYER FOR THEIR DEADS IN ORDER TO BE SAVED IS NOTHING AND IN VAIN....
WAKE UP CATHOLICS!!!!