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nope .. was iut the catholics that believe in punishemnt in hell and then they go heaven after suffered(cant memba the name) was that the catholics or protestant?????
The term purgatory is generally defined as "the means by which the elect reach perfection before entering into the Kingdom of Heaven".The term purgatory in accordance with Catholic teaching, is "a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace are not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions."
And (in the old days, not any more) it was held that if a person paid money to the Church, the Church would give them the excess "points" earned by the Saints, which would pass through purgatory quicker.
3. Indulgences. Hm... It's still for me quite... unclear... I'll read more about it and I will write here later.
1. We all are saved by the grace of our Lord. Sacraments and faith (good works are natural for those, who really believe) are the ways, that we participate in Lord's grace. For salvations there must be faith, that expresses in good works and in recieving sacraments.
2. Purgatory. Like it was said, it's a state of soul (rather than place, because soul after death is not limited by space) - God's Love cleans it from all non-mortal sins and all imperfections.
There is a more striking picture found in St. John Chrysostom: “If, in setting out for any foreign country or city we are in need of guides, then how much shall we need helpers and guides in order to pass unhindered past the elders, the powers, the governors of the air, the persecutors, the chief collectors! For this reason, the soul, flying away from the body, often ascends and descends, fears and trembles. The awareness of sins always torments us, all the more at that hour when we shall have to be conduct¬ed to those trials and that frightful judgment place.” Continuing, Chrysostom gives moral instructions for a Christian way of life. As for children who have died, he places in their mouths the following words: “The holy angels peacefully separated us from our bodies, and having good guides, we went without harm past the powers of the air. The evil spirits did not find in us what they were seeking; they did not notice what they wished to put to shame; seeing an immaculate soul, they were ashamed; seeing an undefiled tongue, they were silent. We passed by and put them to shame. The net was rent, and we were delivered. Blessed is God Who did not give us as a prey to them” (St. John Chrysostom, Homi¬ly 2, “On Remembering the Dead”).
Rose bases his speculations on Gnostic tales ("Tale of Basil the New") found in the Bogomil groups, and on the superstitions which came into the Russian Orthodox under the Latin "captivity" which included this idea of "Purgatory".
Tollhouses are incompatible with the faith - mainly because they teach salvation by works.
O Lord God, by Whose Godhead's command and Lordship's authority this Your servant N. has departed from this temporal life, send unto him from above the succor of Your angelic hosts, and by means of this oil which is to be poured on his body, grant that he may become slippery and unrestrainable by the adverse powers and the hosts of the enemies who lie in wait in the air to wage war against the souls of men. Bring him safe to the heavenly abodes of light and exultation among the saints, so that, rejoicing and exceedingly glad, he may offer glory and give thanks to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.