Purgatory Pickle Redux

A fellow by the name of Charles recently commented on an old purgatory post of mine that has long since sunken below the horizon. He says:

“Why do Catholics use 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 to prove Purgatory? It couldn’t be plainer in the text that the fire will reveal all works on ‘the Day’. The Day of Christ at judgment. ‘ The Day’ is too obvious but surprisingly overlooked by Catholics.”

My first reaction would be to say that Catholics believe in two judgments, personal and universal. We are faced with personal judgment when we die. The universal comes when Christ returns to Earth to judge all of mankind. On “the Day”, that is the day of our judgment, our works are tested by fire. That fire is not literal, of course, but suffering of some kind is implied. I see no contradiction whatsoever regarding purgation and judgment.

What are your thoughts?

Comments 1

  1. Elena wrote:

    I think purgatory means perfect sense and I am always bewildered that Protestants don’t see it that way! It certainly makes more sense than the doctrine of “Once Saved, Always Saved.” It also makes more sense than the current liberal Catholic idea that everyone goes to heaven and hell is empty with no mention of purgatory!

    Posted 05 Oct 2005 at 1:01 pm

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