The Gospel According to Rome ~ Part 1:17

TRUTH Please first read the Introduction as to why these blog posts are necessary. Back to Part 1 Index.

SALVATION: Error versus Truth

The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

17. When the guilt of sin is forgiven, temporal punishment remains [RC Catechism 1472-1473].

1472 To understand this doctrine and practice of the Church, it is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the "eternal punishment" of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the "temporal punishment" of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.83

1473 The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of the eternal punishment of sin, but temporal punishment of sin remains. While patiently bearing sufferings and trials of all kinds and, when the day comes, serenely facing death, the Christian must strive to accept this temporal punishment of sin as a grace. He should strive by works of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the "old man" and to put on the "new man."84

82 BCIC, can. 994.
83 Cf. Council of Trent (1551): DS 1712-1713; (1563): 1820.

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

When God forgives sin, He completely forgives (Colossians 2:13; Isaiah 43:25).

13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; ~ Colossians 2:13

25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. ~ Isaiah 43:25

Soli Deo Gloria

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