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In The Biblical Basis For Purgatory, author and apologist John Salza (Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons) offers the definitive scriptural explanation of this ...
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.
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
The Sacrament 193
Appendix: Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory 227
About the Author 236