1 Corinthians 3:15 -but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire

De Maria's picture

For Catholics the answer is Purgatory.

What is the answer for Protestants?

1 Corinthians 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

JeffLogan's picture

I am wondering....

...is it faith that works by love that perfects the saints or is it suffering temporal punishment for sins that purifies.

To me, purgatory is another atonement. And I am wondering, if Christ purged my sins so that I stand justified (just if I never sinned) then what purpose is purgatory? Do the Catholics say that Christ's death was not sufficient to pay the satisfaction due the law for transgressions? I can see that Christ allows suffering in this lifetime as a way of drawing us to something better and to allow us to enter into his sufferings but I see no merit in it with regard to atoning for sin of any class.

From the Catholic Encyclopedia -

Purgatory (Lat., "purgare", to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.

"Iniquitas mentita est sibi"

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."