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Reply to "James 2:26"

Originally Posted by Bill Gray:
quote:   Originally Posted by Nathan Evans:

Purgatory does not contradict anything in the 73 books of the Bible.  Luke 16:19-31(the parable of the rich man and Lazarus) clearly shows that there is another place beside heaven and hell where the dead go.  Praised be Jesus forever!!

Hi Nathan,


Show us how Luke 16:19-31 proves purgatory.  It is my understanding that purgatory is a place where Roman Catholics go to finish cleaning up their act -- before going to heaven.  That is not true of the Hades of today shown in Luke 16.


Jesus Christ tells us, in John 14:6, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; NO ONE comes to the Father but through Me."   Before His death and resurrection, everyone went to Hades.  The non-believers to Hades/Torment (Luke 16:23).  And, the believers to the Bosom of Abraham, Hades/Paradise (Luke 16:22).


Luke 16:23, "In Hades he (the rich man non-believer) lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom."

Luke 16:22, "Now the poor man (Lazarus) died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried."


Luke 23:43, "And He (Jesus) said to him (the repentant thief on the cross), 'Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.' "


Where did Jesus go when He died on the cross?  He went into Hades for three days.  What happened when He left Hades/Paradise?  He led the captives free, i.e., those Old Testament saints and the thief on the cross.  He led them from Hades/Paradise -- into Heaven/Paradise (Ephesians 4:8).  Hades/Paradise was permanently put out of business that day.  Since then, ALL believers go directly into the presence of God, Jesus Christ, at the moment of death.  No purgatory!


2 Corinthians 5:6-8, "Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord -- for we walk by faith, not by sight -- we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord."


However, Hades/Torment is still open and doing a landslide business.  It will not be closed until after the 1000 year Millennial Reign of Christ on earth.  Then, He will resurrect all those non-believers who have been waiting in Hades/Torment.  They will stand before Him at the Great White Throne Judgment, a judgment of punishment, and then will go into eternal hell (Revelation 20:11-15).


So, Nathan, my Friend -- if any of your Roman Catholic folks are in Hades (or what you are calling purgatory) today -- they are in deep trouble.   For, if they are in Hades today -- they are headed straight to hell -- and not waiting on a bus to take them into heaven.  NO ONE in Hades today will EVER see heaven, the kingdom of God.


If that is your purgatory as described in Luke 16:19-31 -- then, it is too late, the train has already left the station.


God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,






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