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.

jwmcmac's picture

But don't say you don't

But don't say you don't 'see' it . . . when you know full well that the Church has . . . always . . . interpreted Her Scriptures to say what we have repeated in Her behalf that the Scriptures mean.

You guys justify your personal interpretations of Scripture over that of the Church . . . claiming the HOLY SPIRIT in all of this . . . but differing one from another in every formal matter of interpretation and differing entirely in doctrine on absolutely every Scriptural passage . . . almost.

You guys go in thousands of different directions.

The Church has to reconcile Tradition and Scripture . . . and She does so each and every time the occasion of need arises in the world and in Her.

She has One and Only One Faith.

JESUS Speaks as One WHO has Authority . . . and HE gave the Same Authority to HIS Church . . . not to individual 'ME' . . . giving this Authority to the Church so that She would Speak in the same Manner as HE HIMSELF Spoke on all of these matters concerning Mercy, Forgiveness, sin, judgment, Heaven and hell.

When we arrive in Heaven . . . do we think GOD is going to ask of us to Obey only if we have discerned in the SPIRIT that HIS Commands to us are correct?

Yeah. Right!

Our self-interpretations of Scripture is simply us Obeying 'Ourself' more than us Obeying GOD . . . and by this way of Obeying . . . we are Obeying 'Ourself' . . . and we are ignoring every Authority GOD has legitimately placed over us in this Life.

I agree that if we Believe that we are being mislead, we must resist in all things which we believe in our heart to be sinful . . . but not in a simple matter of 'interpretation' . . . and not because we disagree with the Church in the matter of Faith which the Church is designed to protect and guard and deliver.

We must suspect ourselves . . . we cannot so suspect the Church which CHRIST sent into the world to Teach all things whatsoever HE Commanded to be Believed.

I almost wish I were wrong in this for your sake . . . but though I and you may be wrong in matters of the Faith . . . the Church cannot be wrong in the matters concerning the Faith.

CHRIST Guaranteed the infallibility of the Church's Teaching Authority.

If we can't see it . . . then pray to GOD to Help us to see it.

GOD is the absolute Authority. When we rail against Authority, save that it is truly abused, . . . then we are missing it.

Be careful in this.

Looking at the details of your post . . . you twist so many points against the Church . . . in favor of yourself.

The Doctrine of Purgatory fits right in with Heaven and hell and judgement . . . as the Church Teaches it.

This Doctrine fits right in with your own understanding of these . . . if you didn't twist and bend it so out of shape . . . to your own mis-understanding.

Purgatory is a final 'Cleansing as if by Fire' . . . and will seem simultaneous with the Last Judgement . . . as it is betwixt time and eternity . . . but is at the door of Heaven.

No one knows the details of this. If you want to think of it as passing through the Fire of the HOLY SPIRIT in an instant . . . you may . . . and no one in the Church can 'call' you on it . . . as it has not been 'formally' defined . . . and probably never will be.

However, if one's entire Life can pass before him in an instant . . . and a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day . . . and every idle word will be judged . . . and many more things such as that that you and I cannot know the details of . . . why do you even question Purgatory . . . as it makes at least as much sense as any of these.

Oh, but that's not the way we read it . . . right?

CHRIST left us the Church, incorruptible in Her Faith, and the gates of hell shall never prevail against Her, even on this earth . . . though it may appear so at some time in the near or distant future.

GOD Bless us all.