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PostSubject: Purgatory    Sat 19 Mar 2011 - 22:14


What does it mean ?

Is it a process of “purification”

Is it a time of “temporary punishment”

We do know that notion dates to the very start of Christianity a time when man was turning from the path of the worship of “gods” to the idea and worship of one “God” . One is taken back to the time of the Roman’s , a time when there was worships of many Roman god’s and to view the Roman Emperor as divine. Too we have this time to thank for something called “Taxes”. The Fiscus Iudaicus ( like our tax agencies ) but this one was set to collect taxes for the Jew’s in the Roman Empire.

This was a time of great changes and great struggles. To go against the Roman Empire was seen as an act of what is called “Heretical” in the more modern word “Heresy”, it goes to the clash of one belief to another where there are conflicts in the very “Dogma” established. Dogma being the belief held by a Religion. It is not to be disputed of put in doubts. Carved in stone so to speak. Thus it was too a time of Religious wars and many deaths.

Having now established the path to the idea of “Purgatory” what does it mean, well it is believed to be a place that Soul’s be dispatched to that are not yet ready for the entry to Haven. If one is to see it on the level of a place one is dispatched for the “purifications” then it be like a hospital in a sense, where one would be given care and a school where one would receive teachings and lessons. A place where the issues of that very Soul are examined and wounds and sufferings healed, and issues cleared away.

If one is to view “purgatory” as “temporary punishment” then what and whom decides this ?

It would be said that God does, but purpose would it truly serve ?

As time has moved ever forward so have the notions on what “Purgatory” might well be or mean. It comes from the Latin “Purgatorium” what almost has the sound of what we would now call a jail or asylum. Thoughts on the suffering after one’s death, (even if it be said to be temporary), the ides of some sort of torments. If there be such a place that some that are thought to do bad deeds in life or even Sin, then there too must be someone or some force that governs when one has done one’s dues and is to be set free to go forth to Heaven. In the Christian faith that would be Angels.

Is “Purgatory” a place, and where did this idea come from ? It might well date to when man first started to pay honour and respect to their dead. To prey over the dead, or do a ceremony to make sure that one did make it to the “ Afterlife” We can look to Ancient Egypt for this elaborate practice of honoring their Faros. There are many ancient traditions we can look to where the dead were cared for in a careful way to make one’s journey over a successful one.

Was the idea of “Purgatory” put maybe in place for man to keep to a solid and true path in his life, to do the work and hear the word of God ?

It is thought that when one dies there might well be a time of judgment ( this can be more Catholic in nature of teachings ) where it is decided if one moves on or if one is stuck to wonder the Earth Plane for a time. This is where the notion of the counter to a Heaven comes into play, that place of Hell. Hell is said to be a pit of fire where one’s Soul is condemned to be in forever more. One is said to have gone there when one breaks from his path with God, but too it is later said that one that has ( in Catholicism) done Sin against God and has not received absolution goes forth to Hell. Would a LOVing God whom is said to have created all in His image too create in such a place as Hell. More Hell might well be mere Metaphor (the concept of understanding one thing in terms of another).

That place put forth to keep man on his path with God ?

This idea is one that travel though many a faith and belief system.

What are one’s thoughts on Purgatory does one feel it’s temporary punishment or purification or both maybe ?

Is Purgatory a place or more just a feeling of transitions for the Soul ?
Would a God that is said to have created man in His image too create such a place as Heaven, Purgatory and Hell ?



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