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The Purgatory Myth

Purgatory, from the Latin word meaning to purify, is believed by many to exist as a place, or condition, of temporary suffering for those among the dead who, put most simply, are not yet good enough for "heaven," but not bad enough for "hell." There are various conflicting opinions, even among those who teach it, as to where it is, how it works, or how long it lasts. Purgatory is a centuries-old, human-devised doctrine that is not found anywhere in the Word of God, The Holy Bible. It's a myth that exists only in the minds of those who choose to believe in it.

No One Is Now In Heaven, Hell or "Purgatory"

All humans that have died are dead. Dead means dead. Dead does not mean alive anywhere.

The Purgatory Myth

"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV)

"For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again." Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 KJV)

"Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day ... For David is not ascended into the heavens" (Acts 2:29,34 KJV)

"And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven" (John 3:13 KJV)

Everyone that has ever lived and died is now awaiting a resurrection. The first resurrection will occur at the time of Christ's return, the second resurrection will occur 1,000 years later.

The first resurrection:

"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV)

"This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (Revelation 20:6 KJV)

The second resurrection:

"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished" (Revelation 20:5 KJV)

"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." (Daniel 12:2 KJV)

Then, the fire that will burn the unrepentant to unconscious ash (total oblivion - see "They Shall Be Ashes") that awaits those who refused to repent and obey God:

"And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell [note: the actual original word of the Bible translated as "hell" in this verse actually means the grave - see the Fact Finder question below] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death" (Revelation 20:11-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: When does "hell" mean the grave? When does "hell" mean fire?
See Sheol and Hades

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