By Tom Quiner
Catholics and Protestants differ on Purgatory.
Purgatory is the final process of purification that some of the saved must go through before entering Heaven. It is a period, or state, of suffering we go through to atone for our earthly sins.
‘Purgatory’ is an Anglicized term based on the word purge. There is Biblical basis for the state of Purgatory.
For example, the Jews prayed for the dead whom they believe, like Catholics, existed in a state where they could be helped, or purged, as you can see in this verse from II Macabbees 12:46:
“Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from sin.”
Actually, Protestants practice their own form of “purgatory” since they purged the books of Macabbees and other deuterocanonical books from the traditional Bible.
Nonetheless, scripture supports Purgatory in other ways, as related in Isaiah 6:5-7:
“Then I said, “Woe is…
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