Question & Answer
Q: Where is purgatory in the bible? (answer from aleteia.org)
A: 2 Sam 12:13-18, “David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’
And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you
shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly
scorned the Lord, the child that is born to you shall die.’ And the Lord
struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became sick…On
the seventh day the child died.” Catholic Scriptural Principle #1 –
there is punishment for sin even after one has received forgiveness.
Rev 21:27, “But nothing unclean shall enter it…” The New Jerusalem –
Heaven. Catholic Scriptural Principle #2 – nothing unclean, nothing with
the stain of sin, will enter Heaven.
Mt 5:48, “You, therefore,
must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That’s because of
Principle #2 – nothing unclean will get into Heaven.
12:22-23, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living
god, the heavenly Jerusalem...and to a judge who is God of all, and to
the spirits of just men made perfect…” The spirits of just men, made
perfect. Catholic Scriptural Principle #3 – there is a way, a process,
through which the spirits of the “just” are “made perfect.”
Cor 3:13-15, “…each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day
[judgment 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.” Where is this place
that a man, after he dies, suffers loss, as through fire, but is still
saved. Hell? No, once you’re in Hell, you don’t get out. Heaven? No, you
don’t suffer loss in Heaven.
Mt 12:32, “And whoever says a
word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against
the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age
to come.” Implies forgiveness in the age to come. Where can you go to be
forgiven in the age to come? Heaven? You don’t need forgiveness. Hell?
There is no forgiveness. Catholic Scriptural Principle #4 – there is a
place, or state of being, other than Heaven or Hell.
Q: Why pray to Mary when you can go directly to Jesus?
A: All good mothers pray for their children. Mary, especially, prays for us because Jesus made her the mother of us all when he said, "Woman, behold your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" (John 19:26-27) Remember, Jesus worked his first miracle at the wedding of Cana at Mary's request. She is very influential with her Son! Other references: John 2:1-11; 1 Tim 2:1-6; Col 4:2-3; 1 Thess 5:25; Rom 15:30; Rev 5:8; Tob 12:12
Q: Does the Bible teach that we're saved by faith alone and not works?
A: Salvation comes through "faith working in love." The only place the Bible uses the phrase "faith alone" is when St. James condemns the idea. "See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone . . . so also faith without works is dead." (James 2:24, 26) Catholics believe that we're saved by "faith working in love." It's not enough to simply say "Jesus is Lord" and accept him into your heart. With His grace we must follow His commandments. Other references: Matt 7:21, 19:16-17; John 14:15, 14:21; Rom 2:2-8; Gal 5:6; Phil 2:12, 1 Cor 13:2.