Saturday, February 17, 2018

2 Maccabees Does Not Affirm Purgatory

  • For The Roman Catholic Apologists Who Treat The Apocryphal Text Of 2 Maccabees 12:39-45 As Decisive Proof For The Veracity Of Purgatory, Notice The Demeaning Footnotes Found In the Catholic New American Bible Saint Jerome Press Addition:
          -"12, 42-46: This is the earliest statement of the doctrine that prayers (42) and sacrifices (43) for the dead are beneficial. This statement is made here, however, only for the purpose of proving that Judas believed in the resurrection of the just (2 Mc 7, 9. 14. 23. 36). That is, he believed that expiation could be made for certain sins of otherwise good men-soldiers who had given their lives for God's cause. Thus, they could share in the resurrection. His belief was similar to, but not quite the same as, the Catholic doctrine of purgatory."

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