posted on Jul, 25 2005 @ 07:23 AM
SOME of the biblical quotes that have been interpreted to point
to Purgatory -
Psalm 66:12 - Thou didst let men ride over our heads; we went through
fire and through water; yet thou hast brought us forth to a spacious place.
Origen and St. Ambrose specifically mention these as purgatorial
Ecclesiastes 12:14 - For God will bring every deed into judgment, with
every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Isiah 4:4 - When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the
daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its
midst by a spirit of judgement and by a spirit of burning. (see also
Isaiah 6:5-7 - And I said: Woe is Me! for I am lost; for I am a man of
unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for
my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then Flew one of
the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken
with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: 'Behold,
this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.'
Micah 7:8-9 - Rejoice not over me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the
indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he
pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me
forth to the light; I shall behold his deliverance (see also Lev 26:41, 43
Job 40:4-5 Lam 3:39)
Malachi 3:2-4 - But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can
stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's
soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the
sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right
offerings to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be
pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
2 Maccabees 12:39-42, 44-45 - Judas and his men went to take up bodies
of the fallen .. then under the tunic of every one of the dead they found
sacred tokens of the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbids the Jews to
wear .. so they all ... turned to prayer, beseeching that the sin which
had been committed might be wholly blotted out ... for if he were not
expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been
superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the
splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it
was a holy and pious thought. Therefore he made atonement for the
dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.
If the Jews were wrong to pray for the dead, Christ would have
corrected this belief. He did not. See Matt 5:22, 25-26, 12:32;
Luke 12:58-59, 16:9, 19-31
Matthew 5:22 - But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his
brother shall be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother shall be
liable to the council, and whoever says 'you fool! shall be liable to
the Hell of fire.'
Matthew 5:25-26 - Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you
are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge,
and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly I say to you
you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.'
(see also Luke 12:58-59)
Matthew 12:32 - And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be
forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit wil not be forgiven,
either in this age or in the age to come. (there is a time after this that
you will be forgiven ... heaven and hell have no forgiveness, so there
must be another place that DOES have forgiveness after this one)
Zechariah 9:11 - As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant
with you, I will set your captives free from the waterless pit.
1 Peter 3:19-20 - He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who
formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah,
during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is 8 persons, were
saved through water." (see also 1 Peter 4:6)
(souls in heaven and hell have no need of being preached to, there
must be another place - purgatory)
Purgatory is not Sheol. In Sheol both the righteous and unrighteous go.
Sheol is referred to throughout the OT - Deut 32:22; 2 Sam 22:6; Ps 16:10
18:5, 55:15, 86:13, 116:3, 139:8, Prov 9:18, 23:14; Isa 5:14, 14:9, 15;
Ezek 31:16-17, 32:21, 27 and Enoch 22:1-14. The two are very
1 Cor 3:11-15 - For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which
is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation
with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, each man's work
will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be
revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has
done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives,
he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer
loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Here is a goodie discussing the degrees of expiation of sin -
Luke 12:47-48. So ... where exactly will these sins be expiated?
In Hell? Nope. That's eternal punishment. In Heaven? Nope.
That's eternal reward. Must be someplace else.
... and that servant who knew his master's will, but did not make ready
or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating. But he who
did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light
beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required;
and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.
[edit on 7/25/2005 by FlyersFan]