The controversial history of purgatory

What is purgatory: Purgatory is the place where the souls of the dead wait to get into heaven. 

What is purgatory: The souls of people “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified.

What is purgatory: The text further defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

Roots: For about a millennium, Christians were not quite sure what would happen to their souls when they died.

Enter purgatory: It was not until the 12th century that the medieval Latin Church came up with the concept of purgatory.

In writing: The first written record can be found in the book ‘Sentences,’ written by French theologist.

Is it in the Bible: There is no reference to purgatory in the Bible, but those who believe in it.

Is it in the Bible: While a direct reference to purgatory is not made, it can be argued that some passages.

Prayers for the dead: The theory is that prayers for the dead only make sense if those souls needed to be saved.

The Church Fathers: The Fathers of the Church are often mentioned when the roots of purgatory are challenged. 

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