Catholic Doctrine on Purgatory and Salvation of the Unevangelized

Nowhere in Scripture can one find a more complete explanation on the Catholic teaching of Purgatory, from Christ Himself, than Luke 12.

Also, very neatly explained away, is criticism of the Christian teaching on “one-way through Jesus.”

Check this out–and–if you’re not Catholic, please keep an open mind.

It might help some day.

Luke 12:

 35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

41Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”

42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.

47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Here’s the break down.

Vs. 35-38 describes people in a state of God’s Grace…no Purgatory required.  They’ll be absent from the body and present with the Lord upon death.

Vs. 39-40 is a warning from Christ over the dangers of disobedience.

Vs. 41 clarification that this is universal doctrine for all mankind.

Vs. 42-44 is clarity on the blessings, even earthly, connected to our obedience to Christ…Joel Osteen isn’t all wrong.

Vs. 45-46 punishment for the faithful who backslide and a boot-camp vacation that places them–temporarily–with unbelievers…a.k.a. Purgatory.

Vs. 47-48a further teaching on the woes connected to enlightened people who choose sin over obedience.  Also, teaching about Purgatory not being a place of equitable pain.

Vs.48 a teaching that shuts up those who say, “if it’s only through Christ that people can be saved, how fair is it that God sends unevangelized to Hell?”  He doesn’t.  He sends them to Purgatory and runs them through the delicate cycle…by Grace, God’s Salvation is still available…through Christ.  How exactly that works is still a mystery.

If you didn’t believe any of this, but you still read it…thanks for indulging me.

Now…for a teaching on indulgences…just kidding…you’ve heard enough for today.

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