there such a place as purgatory, and if so, where is it taught
in the Scriptures?
<ANSWER>--The word "purgatory" is from the Latin
tongue and signifies primarily a place of purification or making
clean. The thought usually involved in the consideration of
the term is that an intermediate state of condition exists for
those who die and who at the time of death--while professing
Christianity-- were not sufficiently cleansed from their sins
to justify an immediate entrance into heaven, the abode of the
pure and saintly ones. Hence, they must expiate their sins by
enduring intense suffering in flames and sorrow for a period
of time in proportion to the amount of sin to be eradicated.
We are not aware that this view is set forth in the Bible. There
is, however, a condition of purgatory presented in the teachings
of the Scriptures. It is becoming very clear to all enlightened
Bible scholars that the period of Christ's reign on earth for
the space of a thousand years--when Satan is bound and the knowledge
of the Lord is filling the whole earth as the waters cover the
great deep--that then the nations of earth will learn righteousness
and gradually be purged of all iniquity and unrighteousness
and in this way be prepared to enter into the conditions of
eternal life. This, of course, will be after the second advent.
The world is not to be scorched and blistered in a vain attempt
to make it pure and upright, but the Lord will rule in righteousness
and love and win the race by His kindness and tender mercies.