WOULD YOU read the end of a Book of the true story of your LIFE?
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For other uses, see Purgatory (disambiguation).
Image of a fiery purgatory by Annibale Carracci
Purgatory, according to Catholic Church doctrine, is an intermediate state after physical death in which those destined for heaven "undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven". Only those who die in the state of grace but have not in life reached a sufficient level of holiness can be in Purgatory, and therefore no one in Purgatory will remain forever in that state or go to hell. This notion has old roots.
The notion of Purgatory is associated particularly with the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church (in the Eastern sui juris churches or rites it is a doctrine, though it is not often called "Purgatory", but the "final purification" or the "final theosis"); Anglicans of the Anglo-Catholic tradition generally also hold to the belief, along with many Lutherans of High Church Lutheranism. Eastern Orthodox Churches believe in the possibility of a change of situation for the souls of the dead through the prayers of the living and the offering of the Divine Liturgy, and many Orthodox, especially among ascetics, hope and pray for a general apocatastasis. Judaism also believes in the possibility of after-death purification and may even use the word "purgatory" to present its understanding of the meaning of Gehenna. However, the concept of soul "purification" may be explicitly denied in these other faith traditions.
The word "Purgatory", derived through Anglo-Norman and Old French from the Latin word purgatorium, has come to refer also to a wide range of historical and modern conceptions of post mortem suffering short of everlasting damnation, and is used, in a non-specific sense, to mean any place or condition of suffering or torment, especially one that is temporary.
...Yes you always read the end!
Even if you don't finish the book!
Of course I would like to know if I am going to be cremated or buried in a casket!
BECAUSE CREAMATION WAS CONSIDERED A "HERESY AND OF THE HEATHEN" BY Christians and Catholics not so long ago...!
But if I am going to Heaven or Hell, I would rather see if there is a "purgatory" to give them some hope of escaping a final punishment of some sort...!!!