The Biblical Basis of Purgatory

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Jesus taught us about it, and for centuries the Church has faithfully defined and defended it. Protestants deny it even exists, while many Catholics fundamentally misunderstand it. It is Purgatory: that place of purifying penance where souls saved by Christ are made perfect and acceptable to spend life eternal in heaven.

In The Biblical Basis For Purgatory, author and apologist John Salza (Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons) offers the definitive scriptural explanation of this ...

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Overview


Jesus taught us about it, and for centuries the Church has faithfully defined and defended it. Protestants deny it even exists, while many Catholics fundamentally misunderstand it. It is Purgatory: that place of purifying penance where souls saved by Christ are made perfect and acceptable to spend life eternal in heaven.

In The Biblical Basis For Purgatory, author and apologist John Salza (Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons) offers the definitive scriptural explanation of this distinctively Catholic doctrine. Building on the teachings of Christ and St. Paul, he shows how the existence of a place of temporal punishment after death is not only a logical extension of what we know about the reality of sin and God\'s justice, but is also a supreme expression of God\'s love and mercy.

Although Purgatory is a place of mercy, its pains are real, and they are severe. This book does more than defend and explain Purgatory it provides a solid plan, drawn from the Church s perennial wisdom for conquering our sins by God s grace, while still on earth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935302179
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 644,129
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


John Salza was born on November 30, 1967, and is an apologist, author, and speaker. He became an attorney after being raised Catholic, but joined the Freemasons in 1996 for several years before giving up his membership. He is the author of Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons, The Mystery of Predestination, Masonry Unmasked, and The Biblical Basis for Purgatory. He has also appeared on Ave Maria radio and hosts the radio program Relevant Answers.
John Salza is held as a leading defender of the Catholic faith, and is devoted to apologetics. He also holds a Magnum Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin and is the creator of ScriptureCatholic.com.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 Purgatory-An Introduction 15

What Purgatory Is 15

What Purgatory Is Not 23

What Purgatory May Be 32

2 Satisfaction for Sin 46

Why God Demands Satisfaction 46

Examples of Temporal Punishment 58

Grace and the Salvation Process 74

3 Proof from Scripture and the Fathers 95

The Teachings of Jesus 98

The Teachings of Paul 114

The Teachings of the Church Fathers 144

4 How to Avoid Purgatory 174

Penance 177

The Sacrament 193

Indulgences 209

Appendix: Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory 227

About the Author 236

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