Catholics invented Purgatory; the Bible does not mention it.
There is another word that is not in the Bible either and that is the word Trinity. How many non-Catholics believe in the Trinity? A lot!
They believe in what the word represents being; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The same goes with the word Purgatory. The Bible gives evidence of the state of Purgatory as follows:
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.”
In Purgatory all remaining love of self is transformed into love of God. As Rev. 21-27 states, nothing defiled can enter heaven. Prayers from those still living on earth can help free those who are in Purgatory who are unable to pray for themselves. The Bible shows the following:
(Mt. 12-32) – that some sins are forgiven in the next world:
(Mt. 12-32) – And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of Man it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come (some sins can be forgiven after death-where? Purgatory)
(1 Cor 3:13,15) – Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire. (the fire is the purification of Purgatory).
(1 Peter 3:19-20) – By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah…(After Jesus’ death he went and preached to the spirits in prison that were disobedient. Now, these prisoners were not in Heaven or Hell, where were they? These spirits are in a waiting place being purified for their disobedience, the place is called Purgatory.)
(2 Machabees, 12-46) – It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins.
What proof do we have from the early Christians? We have the graffiti in the Catacombs. On the walls above the graves of the early Christians during the first 3 centuries, there are many references for prayers for the dead. Why would there be prayers for the dead if they were already in Heaven? If they were some where other than Heaven or Hell, then they would need prayers. Also, there is no evidence in early writing that there was a struggle with this belief, it was accepted and well known. To this day Orthodox Jews still pray for the souls of their dead friends and relatives. So the notion of Purgatory is far from being an invention of the Catholic faith, it goes back way before Christ.