Where does your soul go after death here on earth? Is there a purgatory or a place you go till judgment day?
The notion of Purgatory, a place where men and woman go to be temporarily "purged" by fire for their sins, was created because it was felt that some people on this planet were neither good, nor bad. God had to give them another chance through the purification ritual of the purgatory. However, that notion is not Biblical at all.
First of all, nowhere is there any mention of a place like purgatory in God's Word. This whole notion is based on salvation by work and not on salvation by faith in the sacrifice that Jesus did for us. That notion that we can earn heaven by works is unbiblical.
The apostle Paul clearly indicated that in Eph 2:8-9 "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast." In fact, to depend on our works to gain salvation is a direct rejection of the offer Jesus gave us through His sacrifice. It is like saying to Jesus: "Your offer is not good enough. I can do better than you. I will earn my own salvation because your offer is not enough."
The prophet Daniel wrote that the dead, who "sleep in the dust of the earth," shall awake (Daniel 12:2). It is only the body of man that returns to the dust of the earth in death "and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it." The apostle Paul also says in 2 Cor. 5:8 that when we are absent from our bodies we are present with the Lord. This means that the instant our spirit leaves our bodies it is taken into the presence of the Lord.
Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 @ 6:15 PM CDT