Purgatory

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Catholics believe there is an intermediate place between Heaven and Hell known as Purgatory, where you serve time before going on to Heaven.

Sheol[edit | hide | hide all]

In reality, the Old Testament declares a place known as "Sheol", also called "the Grave" and "the Pit", was where the dead would go. It was said to be a land of darkness and the shadow of death, where the wicked cease from troubling, a place of rest where life is forgotten, and both prisoners and the kings of the earth rest together.

An Impassable Gulf[edit | hide]

Jesus spoke of Sheol, saying it is composed of two parts, one for the wicked, and one for the just, and quoted Abraham as saying,"between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence."

Lowest Hell[edit | hide]

While there is a "lowest hell" spoken of there is no indication whatsoever of those in it or in hell in general being able to pass over to the other side where Abraham is, indeed such would directly contradict Luke 16:26.

Conclusion[edit | hide]

Biblically, there is no gradual changing from one to the other as you "serve time" as it were. Instead, there is simply a once-for-all Final Judgment where the sea, death, and hell all give up the dead that are in them, and each is judged according to their works - death and hell get cast into the Lake of Fire along with those not written in Jesus' Book of Life by being "born again".

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