ques; is purgatory in the bible

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by thomas 7, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. if it is not could you tell me then were people get the idea also of the rapture as that is also not in the bible but they believe in that to thankyou.
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    Purgatory IS NOT in the Bible. If I remember correctly belief in purgatory started in about A.D. 230.

    The English word RAPTURE is not in the Scriptures. However the Latin word RAPTURO is in the Scriptures. The Greek word for this event is "CATCHING AWAY".

    The explination of the Rapture in Thessalonnians and Corinthians as well as other places comes under the doctrinal teaching called "IMPLIED TRUTH".

    The word TRINITY is not in the Scriptures but is also doctinially taught as the same thing,IMPLIED TRUTH.

    In other words the teaching is IN the Scriptures but the name is not.

    PURGATORY is not like that in that there is NO implication of such a practice.
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  3. As Major said, purgatory is not in the Bible. I believe that the idea was taken from something in the Apocrypha, but I can't tell you where. What you will find in the Bible is the concept of a temporary "holding place" for the unrighteous dead (see the story of Lazarus and the rich man, Luke 16:19-31). This is not the "lake of fire", their ultimate destiny, but a place of torment where they are held until the time of the Great White Throne judgment. It is possible that someone developed this into the idea of purgatory, but the Biblical concept is quite different. Purgatory is supposedly a place where people are punished for any sins for which they have not received "absolution" (unnecessary, because Jesus has already taken ALL our punishment) and from which they will be released once they are "cleansed." The Biblical concept is of a place where the unrighteous dead are held until the day of judgment, at which time they will be thrown into the lake of fire (no "get out of jail" card.)

    Again as Major said, the "catching away" is in the Bible. What is NOT in the Bible is the timing of the "catching away." For 1800 years the church taught that this event would occur at the return of Christ, immediately before He establishes His millennial Kingdom. In 1830 a young woman in Scotland gave a "prophecy" that said that some of God's people would be "caught away" before the 7 year tribulation period. That was then developed into the teaching of "the rapture" which says that the whole church will be caught away pre-trib. That teaching has spread through the church, but some of us still reject it and hold to the traditional teaching that God's people will be caught up to meet Christ as He returns to establish the millennial Kingdom.


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  4. Well stated on both counts.
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