Monday, October 30, 2017

Does 1 Peter 3:19 Support Purgatory?

  • The Bible Verse Being Examined:
          -"In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison." (1 Peter 3:19)
  • How This Particular Passage Of Scripture Is Used To Defend Purgatory:
          -Quite simply, Roman Catholics have interpreted the text of 1 Peter 3:19 to mean that Jesus Christ descended into Purgatory for admonition purposes. In other words, a number of Catholic apologists have identified the "spirits in prison" to be professing Christians suffering in the purifying flames of Purgatory.
  • Catholics Have Misused the Text of 1 Peter 3:19 To Substantiate Their Belief in Purgatory:
          -This text is not referring to human beings suffering in Purgatory, but rather concerns Christ descending into Hades for the purpose of proclaiming to the fallen angels. It means that the same Holy Spirit of God who resurrected His incarnate Son Jesus Christ from the grave also enabled Him to use Noah as an instrument to preach repentance to other men during his earthly lifespan (i.e. during the construction of the ark which took place prior to the global Genesis flood). Jesus preached the message of His triumph over sin and death to the fallen angels who have been imprisoned since the time of the flood. 1 Peter 3:19 is referring to a place for nonbelievers.
  • The Footnotes Of The Roman Catholic New American Bible Should Settle The Matter:
          -"3, 19: The spirits in prison: It is not clear just who these spirits are. They may be the spirits of the sinners who died in the flood, or angelic powers, hostile to God, who have been overcome by Christ (ch 22; Gn 6, 4; Enoch 6-36, especially 21, 6; 2 Enoch 7, 1-5)."

1 comment:

  1. It is so vexing to think of all those poor Catholic widows being deceived by the Catholic priest into giving them money so the priest can pray their dead husbands out of purgatory sooner., it reminds me of Matthew 23:14 and Psa 49:6-9. The fact is as i'm sure you well know is that Jesus paid for all our sins and that our good works can't get ourselves let alone another person into heaven.

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