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

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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.

De Maria asked

De Maria asked if there was a Protestant approach to those verses. I gave the short version of one highly supported by many theologians on the Protestant side of the fence. I answered the question.

You and I have danced this dance before; I know what you feel this passage is about, and I think its even possible you know what I think this passage is about. In the end, it comes down to the filter you interpret this passage through. Like it or not--you get offended every time I say this, and I still haven't figured out why, because it's not an insult--you are limited to the boundaries drawn by Catholic dogma*. It is impossible for you to say, "Oh. Well, I suppose my Church has it wrong, then." I, on the other hand, am fully capable of doing just that (and I have, many times) because there is no issue of inerrancy or infallibility at stake for me. I can say "I was wrong" without having to toss out they whole system.

I'm not suggesting you can't or don't think for yourself. It's very clear to me that you can and do. But I also know, as you've declared numerous times, that one of the reasons you post so much on the Catholic Church is because you feel compelled to defend it and correct erroneous opinions regarding it. Therefore, I believe it would be a waste of my time to AGAIN drag out all the theological support, scriptures, and explanations that I spent hours working on before. You dumped 1000 scriptures on me, I cheekily analyzed them away, we went in circles: http://www.ccel.org/node/810 You feel compelled to prove to me with scripture what I have already decided does not exist in scripture: I'm in a position to change my mind. Are you in a position to change yours? Because if not, picking up our debate would be pointless.

I am NOT saying Catholics are mindless drones or not capable of self-thought. I AM suggesting that Catholics are Catholic because they accept Catholic teaching and reject non-Catholic teaching. That's just a basic definition, and within that basic definition is the reason I'm reluctant to restart this conversation.

*If you really believe Catholic doctrine is perfect, then why do you get mad when I say you won't disagree with Catholic doctrine? Isn't that something to be proud of, rather than irritated with?

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