(quote) Connie-17641 said: dumb question but I want to know where the protestants go to to their waiting room in order to make up their sins. I know the Baptists and Methodist don't believe in this. not sure about the other religions out there. Since the catholics go to Purgatory, are they grouped there all together in a holding cell, if you will. When God gives permission for you to go to Heaven, your loved ones will know when they see you in Heaven too, right?
or, is this way, if you commit a sin that you aren't forgiven for, you have to go to purgatory to pay the price, then go to Heaven when God says it's okay now and you are forgiven. Wow, I'm thinking all catholics hope they never commit even one tiny sin, I know I wouldn't want to.
There is not a separation after death into Catholics here and Methodists over there and Baptists in a third area, etc!!
Just because each religion has it'sown understandings and beliefs does not mean that God has different rules or punishments for how well you upheld your own beliefs.
The reality is there is only God who has the truth and it's only His rules you need to obey or strive to obey.
We are Catholic because we believe the Catholic faith holds the truth, not just part of it.
You can understand our Faith by reading your Catechism -- how else can you know what you profess to believe by claiming to be a Catholic? And if you don't believe it, and reject what our Faith says, why profess to be a Catholic? I'm sure many of us had terrible, watered down, wishy-washy teaching in our Sunday School classes, but as adults it is our responsibility to learn it and understand it and embrace it.
I'm not trying to be all holier-than-thou or preachy -- it's just that being Catholic isn't simple or easy and takes understanding, conviction, strength and we can't just close our eyes, think good thoughts, and hope for the best. We are called to more than that.
Here is the section on Purgatory from the catechism.
HE FINAL PURIFICATION, OR PURGATORY
1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.606The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:607As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.608
1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."609 From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.610The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:Let us help and commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their father's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.611