Start of Part Six of 14 Does having a Hell, Heaven, Purgatory and Limbo Make any difference: by Patrick Miron

Start of Part Six of 14

Does having a Hell, Heaven, Purgatory and Limbo Make any difference

In this section we will discuss Temporal Punishment and Indulgences; Both controversial topics in the Christian community so I will rely on the experts to share and explain our beliefs here

TEMPORAL PUNISHMENT. The penalty that God in his justice inflicts either on earth or in Purgatory for sins, even though already forgiven as to guilt End QUOTES Father Hardon’s Dictionary

Why does GOD choose to do this?

We discussed earlier that God must in an absolute sense be “fair” and “just”; this is particularly true in God –man- relations. It is exactly these Divine attributes that cause God to attach a penalty [Temporal Punishment] to all sins.

Sin is personal affront, an attack on God’s Sovereignty. Sin tells God that we don’t love Him; that we don’t respect Him. God recognizes these challenges for what they are; an obstinate refusal of His offer of Graces which could help us choose not to sin. Therefore He chooses to penalize all sins with an imposed debt; Temporal Punishment; that He directly attaches to all sins, and He alone monitors any repayment to the “TP” debt that He, God does apply. God permits His Church to offer repayments, in part or it total, [through Indulgences] [*****] when very precise and specific conditions are fully met.  … Even if the formula for repayment is accomplished; God alone knows if He accepts partial or full repayment which is dependent on the precise fulfillment of the conditions AND the worthiness of those actions in light of our degree of sincerity and our intent and humility which God alone can judge.

How, or even “IF” God somehow works “TP” out for Protestants is beyond my “pay grade.” We can be certain though, that God in fairness, must charge those outside the CC with this same debt. After all, all humanity is equally gifted with a mind, intellect and freewill. So I will continue this Lesson in the vein of a Catholic Discussion

I am personally VERY uncomfortable saying that GOD “Can’t”, “doesn’t”, “Couldn’t” or “Will not” judge Protestants differently; BUT I suspect that He will not particularly in regard to “TP.”

New Testament [Purgatory] The Catholic Encyclopedia

There are several passages in the New Testament that point to a process of purification after death. Thus, Jesus Christ declares (Matthew 12:32): “And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come.” According to St. Isidore of Seville (Deord. creatur., c. xiv, n. 6) {[Page 110] CANON XII.–If any one saith, that God always remits the whole punishment together with the guilt, and that the satisfaction of penitents is no other than the faith whereby they apprehend that Christ has satisfied for them; let him be anathema….TRENT Secession 14 Canon #11 inserted} these words prove that in the next life “some sins will be forgiven and purged away by a certain purifying fire.” St. Augustine also argues “that some sinners are not forgiven either in this world or in the next would not be truly said unless there were other [sinners] who, though not forgiven in this world, are forgiven in the world to come” (City of God XXI.24). The same interpretation is given by Gregory the Great (Dial., IV, xxxix); St. Bede (commentary on this text); St. Bernard (Sermo lxvi in Cantic., n. 11) and other eminent theological writers.

A further argument is supplied by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15:

“For other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid; which is Christ Jesus. Now if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble: Every man’s work shall be manifest; for the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work, of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work burn, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.”

Temporal punishment

**That temporal punishment is due to sin, even after the sin itself has been pardoned by God, is clearly the teaching of ScriptureGod indeed brought man out of his first disobedience and gave him power to govern all things (Wisdom 10:2), but still condemned him “to eat his bread in the sweat of his brow” until he returned unto dust. God forgave the incredulity of Moses and Aaron, but in punishment kept them from the “land of promise” (Numbers 20:12). The Lord took away the sin of David, but the life of the child was forfeited because David had made God’s enemies blaspheme His Holy Name (2 Samuel 12:13-14). In the New Testament as well as in the Oldalmsgiving and fasting, and in general penitential acts are the real fruits of repentance (Matthew 3:8Luke 17:33:3). The whole penitential system of the Church testifies that the voluntary assumption of penitential works has always been part of true repentance and the Council of Trent(Sess. XIV, can. xi) reminds the faithful that God does not always remit the whole punishment due to sin together with the guilt. God requires satisfaction, and will punish sin, and this doctrine involves as its necessary consequence a belief that the sinner failing to do penance in this life may be punished in another world, and so not be cast off eternally from God.

Council of TRENT; secession #14 canon  #12 & #13

CANON XII.–If any one saith, that God always remits the whole punishment together with the guilt, and that the satisfaction of penitents is no other than the faith whereby they apprehend (f) that Christ has satisfied for them; let him be anathema.

CANON XIII.–If any one saith, that satisfaction for sins, as to their temporal punishment, is nowise made to God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, by the punishments inflicted by Him, and patiently borne, or by those enjoined by the priest, nor even by those voluntarily undertaken, as by fastings, prayers, almsdeeds, or by other works also of piety; and that, therefore, the best penance is merely a new life; let him be anathema END QUOTE

End of Part Six of 14                               03/30/2018

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One thought on “Start of Part Six of 14 Does having a Hell, Heaven, Purgatory and Limbo Make any difference: by Patrick Miron”

  1. I agree that we do bear the results of our sins, even when our sins are forgiven. You call these temporal punishments. I call them consequences. But to think that paying some kind of indulgence can repay our debt of sin is silly to me..

    Also, the idea that God would treat protestants any different than Catholics clearly is mistaken – He is not a respecter of persons. If i sin, it has the same result as if you sin. There is no difference.

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