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Catholic view of Purgatory ... Is it real?

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Answers to questions

jwmcmac said,
But . . .
Some things we Catholics just Believe, in Faith, simply on the say-so of the Church..

Mike says,
What I do hear you say is that it really isn't essential to be catholic to be saved (but you do promote being catholic for some reason.)

It is not necessary to be Roman Catholic to be saved. The Catholic Church does not claim it to be so and never has.

The advantage to being Roman Catholic is that it is easier to be saved. The RCC and its members see the Church as teaching the fullness of the faith, where as other Churches have certain issues in error.

If one uses the metaphor of sickness for sin then you can see it as the same advantage one sees when one goes to a good hospital as opposed to one of less sophistication. It is going to be easier to get well when given the best attention from physicians who have the best grasp of health.

Mike said -
When you say "we catholics", just who are you referring to?

Those who accept the Catholic Church as being the one who holds the fullness of the faith.

Mike said -
What qualifies a person do be included in the category of "we catholics"?

Obedience and submission to those in the leadership of the Catholic Church who keep watch over their souls to not do so is not profitable to us.

Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Generally this involves those who were at some point Baptized into the Church (but not necessarily).

Mike said -
Is the safety net just belonging to the "Roman Catholic family", or is there another way to be catholic.?

One could be a member of the Church of Christ and get all the doctrines right and be in the fullness of the faith, and thus be Catholic without even having heard of the RCC, but it would be very difficult as it involves developing a doctrine that is completely consistent with every verse of scripture and that would be a huge job for any one person on their own to accomplish.

Mike said -
Does purgatory still work for those catholics who don't believe in it?

What about those who do believe in it but are not catholic?

What about those that don't believe in it and are not catholic?

Of course anyone who is saved goes through purgatory, so you do not have to be Catholic to purified in the purging mentioned in 1 Cor 3.

Mike said -
What about those Moslems that believe and insist that Jesus is merely a prophet? Will they go to purgatory?

If you are not saved you will not go through Purgatory. But claiming to be Moslem does not immediately mean you are condemned anymore than claiming to be Christian means you are saved. The only way to be saved is to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. What is involved in accepting Christ is more than mere belief, so it is possible to accept and know Jesus Christ without even knowing a carpenter existed in the first century.