Catholicism teaches that after death, some people are sent to a place called purgatory for further purification before entering heaven:
Did this critical doctrine come from God, or is it another tradition of men? Here' s your answer, right out of the Catechism:
Is it unreasonable to ask where a group of men got their information about the afterlife to formulate such a doctrine?
Precious Roman Catholic, if you are praying for loved ones you believe are in purgatory, you need to be aware that God didn't tell you they were there, a group of religious leaders did:
If you suffer, it's not a gift
What makes this doctrine even more disturbing is that the Bible never indicates such a place exists. Neither does the Bible teach that further purification after death is necessary to earn going to heaven. On the contrary, God's Word declares that salvation is a free gift:
Would an honest, loving God offer you eternal life as a free gift - then make you suffer to earn it - then lie about it in His Word?
If the Bible is to be believed, then there is no need for further purification for those who die in Christ. They have already been justified by Jesus:
The Apostle Paul drives home this same point:
True Christians are already purified because Jesus put away all sin on the cross:
God's children are not required to suffer for salvation because they have been bought and paid for:
The price was the blood of Jesus Christ:
If the Bible is so clear on this subject, why did the Catholic church institute a doctrine that has persuaded faithful members to give multiplied millions of dollars to the church to have prayers and Masses said on behalf of departed loved ones? You must answer that for yourself.
Now, at least you know that the doctrine of purgatory was hatched from the minds of mortal men: