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PURGATORY I
Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and
to offer our prayers for them.
There are Mortal - Deadly & Venial - non-deadly sins.
Letter of James 1:13  Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God
cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one;
14  but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
15  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown
brings forth death.

1 John 5:16  If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask,
and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do
not say that one is to pray for that.
17  All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal.
If you or I die in the state of Mortal (Deadly) sin we lose our Salvation. Because the  real
'Life" that the Bible is concerned with is the Life of our Soul and the real 'Death' that the
Bible is  concerned with is the Death of our Soul.

If you die in a sin that is not Deadly what happens?

Revelation 21:27  And2532 there shall1525 0 in no wise3364 enter1525 into1519 it846
any thing3956 that defileth2840, neither2532 whatsoever worketh4160 abomination946,
or2532 maketh  a lie5579: but1508 they which are written1125 in1722 the Lamb's721
book975 of life2222. [KJV]
2840  koinoo  koy-no'-o
from 2839; to make (or consider) profane (ceremonially):--call common, defile, pollute,
unclean.
Strong's Bible Dictionary

According to Scripture nothing 'profane' or unclean can enter Heaven! In other
words we, ourselves have to be 'Holy' in order to enter Heaven.

And we know from Scripture that God calls each of us to 'perfection'.

Deu 18:13  Thou shalt be perfect8549 with the LORD3068 thy God430. (perfect: or,
upright, or, sincere)
8549  tamiym  taw-meem' [KJV]
from 8552; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth:--without
blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright(-ly),
whole.
Strong's Bible Dictionary

Mat 5:48  Be2071 ye5210 therefore3767 perfect5046, even5618 as your5216 Father3962
which3588 is in1722 heaven3772 is2076 perfect5046. [KJV]
5046  teleios  tel'-i-os
from 5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character,
etc.); neuter (as noun, with 3588) completeness:--of full age, man, perfect.
Strong's Bible Dictionary

God wants us to spend eternity with Him.

God knows that we must strive for 'Holiness' without which no one will see the Lord!
Heb 12:14  Follow1377 peace1515 with3326 all3956 men , and2532 holiness38,
without5565 which3739 no man3762 shall see3700 the Lord2962: [KJV]
38  hagiasmos  hag-ee-as-mos'
from 37; properly, purification, i.e. (the state) purity; concretely (by Hebraism) a
purifier:--holiness, sanctification.
Strong's Bible Dictionary

Without Purgatory or some intermediate state between Heaven and
earth most people  could not attain Heaven!



III. THE FINAL PURIFICATION, OR PURGATORY
CCC   1030 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.
1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the
elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.
[...] The tradition of the Church, by reference
to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire: [1 Cor 3:15; 1 Pet 1:7.]

1 Corinthians 3:15  "If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself
will be saved, but only as through fire." [RSV]   
The idea that Christ will someday judge the work of the Christian to determine its value,
and that some Christians will suffer for their bad works done on earth but still be saved by
fire.
Consequently, since "bad works" are sins, as Catholic theology teaches, then indeed
Christians will be judged for their sins and recompensed accordingly. Some will be
"destroyed," some will "be saved by fire," and others will receive their heavenly reward
immediately. (Sungenis)

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a
purifying fire. He who is truth says hat "whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit
will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come".
From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but
certain others in the age to come. [Mt 12:31]

1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead,
already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore Judas Maccabeus] made
atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin." [2 Macc 12:46]
2 2 Maccabees 12:46
"It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray
for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins."
[RSV]

If Job's sons were purified by their father's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings
for the dead bring them some consolation? [Job 1:5]
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