[QUOTE]= Yes, my main issue is that I don’t think there is enough proof to show purgatory exists. My mother only became a Catholic when she got married, and so I have inherited many of her views. [/QUOTE]
First let me share the Biblical evidence of Purgatory and then I’ll attempt to explain it for you. 🙂
[B] Rev. 21: 27 [/B] “But nothing unclean shall enter it, nor any one who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
[B] Mt. 5: 26[/B] truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny
Matt.5: 48 “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
1. Because God is and must be perfect; so too we must also be made perfect in order to have access to His Divine presence.
In addition to be lesser [venial sins] and GREATER, [Mortal sins]; ALL SINS being public have a necessary “pat-back” in order to made perfect. For example if someone steals something; IT MUST BE PAID BACK in order to “be forgiven” by God. But what about ruining someone’s “good name” through malicious gossip? How does one pay that back?
Limited space prohibits a FULL explanation so If anyone wants more info please send me a PM.
In addition to what we term “restitution,” which makes sense to us; ALL SIN also has a “latent” penalty that too must be paid back. Restitution covers the person we damaged; but does not cover God’s imposed penalty. As Sin is defined as “SAYING NO TO GOD”, God has every right to impose His own penalty beyond restitution. HOW DO WE PAY THIS PENALTY TO GOD?
In the sacrament of Confession; [John 20:19-23] as part of the Absolution [ONLY GOD CAN AND DOES FORGIVE THE SINS; but Christ has granted this authority to His Catholic priest IN HIS NAME], the priest imposes a Penance; which must be fulfilled in-order for Forgiveness to take effect. This is restitution; not God-due.
We do this by Good Works, Prayer, Sacrifice and for Catholics; Indulgences, which needs to be covered as a separate issue.
The problem for non-catholics is they can NEVER know for sure if they have fully repaid God? Catholics through a Plenary Indulgence, and or the Last Rites; correctly applied, fulfilled, and administered can know; just as we do in the sacrament of Confession; that we have been forgiven, and in the case of the God-dues; we have been perfected.
I hope you find this brief explanation helpful?