I would like to know, where EXACTLY does it say in the Bible (supposedly in the book of "Maccabees")?

...that purgatory exists. I don't want to know where it SAYS it exists, I want to know where God or Christ himself said so.


Thank you PastorsRUs and Iamhere!!! Exactly!! I am in a debate with someone who begs to differ. I am staying diplomatic and have no intention of arguing with this person; but that is PRECISELY why I am no longer Catholic!

Update 2:

Mackenzie, I KNOW the Bible was not written by Jesus, but His words which were heard firsthand by his followers are recorded there.

5 Answers

  • Anna
    Lv 5
    9 years ago
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    There is no reference to purgatory in the Bible. That is a invention of the RC church that rakes in lots of $$ for the church and keeps folks in bondage. When we die we go to one of two places immediately and forever.

  • 9 years ago

    Purgatory is the condition or process of purification or temporary punishment[1] in which, it is believed, the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for Heaven. This is a theological idea that has ancient roots and is well-attested in early Christian literature, while the poetic conception of purgatory as a geographically situated place is largely the creation of medieval Christian piety and imagination.[1]

    The notion of purgatory is associated particularly with the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church (in the Eastern sui juris churches or rites it is a doctrine, though often without using the name "Purgatory"); Anglicans of the Anglo-Catholic tradition generally also hold to the belief. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, believed in an intermediate state between death and the final judgment and in the possibility of "continuing to grow in holiness there."[2][3] The Eastern Orthodox Churches believe in the possibility of a change of situation for the souls of the dead through the prayers of the living and the offering of the Divine Liturgy,[4] and many Orthodox, especially among ascetics, hope and pray for a general apocatastasis.[5] A similar belief in at least the possibility of a final salvation for all is held by Mormonism.[6] Judaism also believes in the possibility of after-death purification[7] and may even use the word "purgatory" to present its understanding of the meaning of Gehenna.[8] However, the concept of soul "purification" may be explicitly denied in these other faith traditions.

    The word "purgatory", derived through Anglo-Norman and Old French from the Latin word purgatorium.[9] has come to refer also to a wide range of historical and modern conceptions of postmortem suffering short of everlasting damnation,[1] and is used, in a non-specific sense, to mean any place or condition of suffering or torment, especially one that is temporary

  • 9 years ago


    You do realize that the original bible had a book of Maccabees for centuries.

    The Protestants removed several books after the reformation because they felt they were too pro-Catholic.

    Also nothing in the Bible was written by Jesus... and if you take it that God wrote or inspired the Bible you should probably look at the other books that were originally part of the package.

    Source(s): Not a Catholic; studied world religions.
  • Renata
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    2 Maccabees 39- 46 talks about praying for the dead and taking donations to Jerusalem as a sin offering for the dead.

    Source(s): .-.-.-
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  • 9 years ago

    You won't find it anywhere. And Maccabees is not part of scripture.

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