Essay about God 's Mercy And Prayer

1622 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 7 Pages
In the late 6th century, the Roman Catholic Church had appointed and unwillingly forced the ambassador to the imperial court in Constantinople, Saint Gregory, to replace Pelagius II as Pope. During his time as Pope, Gregory I wrote on many theological concepts such as God’s mercy and prayer, but one topic that Gregory stood firm on was the belief of purgatory, a state in the after life where remaining sin must be purged before entering heaven. This doctrine contradicts several passages and doctrines in the Christian biblical text on several grounds eventually causing a rift between Christian idealists, which would later produce divisions in the church. Such a separation and dispute can be contributed to the interpretation of scripture, conceptualization found in scripture, and the theology that produced from scripture.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as, “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.”(1030) This will be the main text of discussion and comparison on the matters of purgatory being a legitimate theological doctrine that is recognized by the Christian community. This principle is defended by Catholics using several verses from scripture such as; Hebrews 9:27, Matthew 25:25-26 & 31-32, Luke 12:2–5, and 1 Peter 3:19 as well as many others. Many of these…

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