I'm ok! Sorry, really didn't mean to sound so morbid, was just wondering. After a thread in chat about whether you are afraid of dying or not, it occurred to me that maybe it won't be so bad after all.
What is this about purgatory being abolished, what happens instead then - straight to heaven or hell, that's it? that's even scarier
It WASN'T abolished, Molly. Generally reformed/Protestant churches don't believe in it, but Catholics still do.
Mitchy, you could also go with the idea that the crucible is a metaphor, not a big pot somewhere. We know that we must work to be in heaven, either here or after death. We know that work is some kind of alchemy of grace and love. Weirdly, love can be hard to accept. Lewis is excellent on this.
But then again I'm one of them woolly Anglican types.
Mitchy, to me, following God is about freedom, not rules and worries about torment and 'possibility of release.' The release is here, now, in this life, if we choose that <waits for the barrage of 'Bollocks, MHD'>
What's the scripture supporting the idea of purgatory? Have often wondered where it came from. Would be interested to hear more.
And how useful is knowing about a doctrine that's a load of rubbish?
This may not be bothering you much, Mitchy, (and I'm glad) but there are people who are genuinely terrified of such things & whose lives are ruined by fear of hell. The Catholics are a disgrace in this respect. Purgatory, ffs.
That is not quite what I would call having to pray, confess, go to mass, pray some more, believe in nutty tales involving a deity, a spirit, and the pregnancy of a virgin, suffer cognitive dissonance over having to believe this nonsense, pray for understanding and enlightenment, etc