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Why do Catholics believe in purgatory?

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“Love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul

and with all your MIND”–Matt 22:37


Question:  
Why do Catholics believe in purgatory?  Where is it in the Bible?  Doesn’t purgatory deny the finished work of Christ?

It is indeed true that the word “purgatory” is not found in the Bible.

(Here we can revisit a previous apologetics discussion in which we addressed the issue of Mary’s Assumption, which is also not explicitly in the Bible.  That is, the question is often asked of Catholics: “where is _______ in the Bible?” (fill in the blank with “assumption” “purgatory” “the pope” etc.) This question can always be answered with, “Where does it say in the Bible that all we believe about God is contained in the Bible?” (Answer: nowhere.) In fact, the Bible explicitly says 2 things in regard to this:

-it states that it does NOT contain all that Jesus said and did:  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of (his) disciples that are not written in this book. (John 20:30)
and
-that it is NOT the norm nor foundation by which Christians know the teachings of Christ; the Scriptures say the sure norm is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. 1Tim: 3:15

Thus, we must look to the teachings handed on from the Apostles, either by Tradition or by Scripture, in order to know the entire deposit of faith that has been left to us by God.)

So as for purgatory, here are some things it is not:

-It is not another chance to be saved.  Once you die you are either destined for heaven or hell.  (it’s your choice, reminiscent of a previous apologetic discussion.  God doesn’t send you to hell; it is we who reject Him and His Eternal Embrace.)  If you die choosing God but with the need for purification, then you go to Purgatory.  That is, everyone who is in Purgatory is assured that their final destination is heaven.

-It is not a place where we “earn” back God’s love and forgiveness. That is, Purgatory does not deny that Christ paid the debt for our sin, as some fundamentalist Christians often claim.  Stated in the affirmative, Catholics proclaim that Christ accomplished all of our salvation for us on Calvary. “Purgatory is the final stage of sanctification that some of us need to undergo before we enter heaven. Purgatory is the final phase of Christ’s applying to us the purifying redemption that he accomplished for us by his death on the cross.” source
And I think that all non-Catholic Christians would agree that anyone who dies and will be experiencing the Beatific Vision–seeing God face to face–must have a soul that’s cleansed of every imperfection and attachment to sin.  Revelation says, “Nothing unclean shall enter heaven”. -Rev 21:27  Non-Catholics just don’t have a name for this state of purification that occurs after death but before the Beatific Vision.  Catholics do–Purgatory. But, I think all Christians understand that we must get “cleaned up” before we can share in the Divine Life of heaven.
Pope JPII had this to say about Purgatory: Before we enter into full communion with God, every trace of sin within us must be eliminated and every imperfection in our soul must be corrected.
Purgatory is a process of purgation (i.e. purification) before entering into perfect and complete communion with God. Makes sense to me to have, as Toni Welker analogizes,  “a mud room before we enter the palace”.

http://threeminuteapologetics.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-do-catholics-believe-in-purgatory.html

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May 21, 2015 at 11:51 pm

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Even Freddie Roach thinks that Pacman’s change of religion was the reason he lost that Killer Instinct

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LAS VEGAS — Theories abound as to why Manny Pacquiao has gone seven fights since 2009 without knocking out an opponent.

The effects of age on the 35-year-old, the talent and size of the opponents, conditioning flaws and distractions in his personal life and in his public life as a congressman in the Philippines are among the most cited reasons.

Pacquiao’s opponent Saturday at the MGM Grand, World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, has called out Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 knockouts) for losing his “killer instinct.”

“It’s reality,” Bradley (31-0) said Thursday. “His fans are saying the same thing: ‘He doesn’t have the fire,’ ‘He’s had guys pinned in the corner and lets them get away.’ That never happened before. He’s not finishing guys. Something’s changed.”

Though the tangible effects of age cannot be discounted, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach points to a mental shift as the reason. Roach surprised some this week when he publicly floated the theory that the Bible was “getting in the way” of how Pacquiao was approaching his fights.

“He has lost the killer instinct,” Roach said. “His religious outlook on life … is the major reason why he hasn’t knocked people out. I’m sure of it.”

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/apr/10/sports/la-sp-manny-pacquiao-20140411

PacMan Lost Again – Rosary and Sign of the Cross

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Even his coach Roach think his change of Religion made Pacman lost his killer instinct

“He has lost the killer instinct,” Roach said. “His religious outlook on life … is the major reason why he hasn’t knocked people out. I’m sure of it.”

Bradley (31-0) said Thursday. “His fans are saying the same thing: ‘He doesn’t have the fire,’ ‘He’s had guys pinned in the corner and lets them get away.’ That never happened before. He’s not finishing guys. Something’s changed.”

When Pacman was a Catholic he used to do sign of the croess and wear Rosary Pacman get a special power a fire inside him to Knock Out Opponents

 

 

You Lost Again Pacman –  Do you emember you TRASHED the statues of Saints of your Mommy Dionisia before? and you intentionally remove the rosary that made you 8 division champ. After you neglected the Rosary that gave you strength what happened to you now ?

I don’t know but for some reasons anyone who trashed or broke statues of the Saints something happens bad to that person all his life. There are a lot of evidences and countless testimonies of people they know who broke the statues of Saints then he or his family members got sick or his or lost their jobs and some even got killed. I have also observed this to my Uncle who broke and buried the statues of the Saints of my Grandma a lot of bad things happened to him until now.

 

UPDATE 5/6/15

At least 5 lawsuits filed against Pacquiao in US courts

Boxer Manny Pacquiao has been sued in several U.S. courts by people who said they paid to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the “Fight of Century” but felt defrauded by Pacquiao’s failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.

At least five lawsuits were filed against Pacquiao on Tuesday in federal courts in California, Illinois, Nevada and Texas. The lawsuits seek compensation under laws meant to protect consumers and ask for status as class actions on behalf of ticket buyers, pay-per-view television viewers and people who gambled on the fight.