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discuss the view that the idea of Purgatory makesre sense th Hell
The idea of purgatory suggests that Humans are not good enough for heaven yet no bad enough for hell are stuck in a middle ground until, they are good enough to be reconciled with God. Hell however suggests that this a place of eternal separation from God. Many philosopher's would agree that Purgatory makes more sense than Hell as it offers hope to the soul that they will eventually be reconciled with God rather than it being complete an eternal separation. Such as Origen who saw Purgatory as being a probation school for the soul. . On the other hand it can be argued that hell makes more sense this is because the teaching of purgatory goes against traditional Christian beliefs. Pope John Paul argues that whilst God is a God of love he is also the God of judgement suggesting that there is no middle ground and their are full consequences for sin.
A very clear argument in support of purgatory making more sense than Hell is that it offers more grace to people compared to Hell. Purgatory offers the hope that soul who weren;t saved can still be reconciled with God in the after life the idea of purgatory suggest that if somebody did not accept Christ in this life was to die there is potential for them to still get a chance to be reconciled with God. This offers more grace as the traditional teachings of hell can be argued to be narrow minded and limit the idea of salvation to tose who were lucky enough to know about God in their life time. A strong argument in favour of this is presented by Origien who saw purgatory as being probation for the soul this highlighted the idea that the soul was not fully condemend in the sense of hell but was trained in order to be good enough to enter heaven. This is a good and cohesive argument as it alligns with God’s grcaeful nature as it can be argued that he dosent want anybody to got hell anyway. So the idea of purgatory is a way of making sure that vene the people who are good enough can still receive Grace. On the other hand, it can be argued that this argument has flaws and it goes against God already traditional nature of grace. God grace is him sending his son Jesus to die on the cross. Therefore surely purgatory wouldn’t be neccesary as this is the way to be saved. It could be argued the idea of purgatory could be argued t undermined the laready given grace by God by suggesting there is anothey way other than Jesus sacrafise on the cross to receive salvation.John 3 16 states that God sent his son so that whoever believes in him could have eternal life. It can be argued that hell is just the consequence of failing to receive the already given grace and that purgatory is undermine this byoffring hope another salvation therefore does not make more senese. On the other hand it can be argued that this is flawe as purgatory offers additonal support to people who failed to recive Jeusu’s salvation the firs time. it could be suggested that the reason for urgatory in the first place was failing to receive Jeussu; salvation therofre that;s why they are there and purgatory offers another chance to receive it. ThIS is a strong argument a nd it supported by Dante who argues that people in Purgatory accepted Jesus. Sacarfaise hwver still had some sins to work on. In conclusion it can be argued that purgatory makes more sense than hell because it offers additonal grace to people who did not orignally receive salvation on earth rather than condeming them to hell.
Following on from this it can be suggested a convincing argument is that pUrgatory alligns with the loving nature of God. The idea of hell presents God to be harsh in nature as he send people to bei tormented in firey anguish for not worhsipping. This contradicts the idea of a loving God . A loving God would potentially try t understand why people sin and rectify it in orderfor them to be reocncile. The idea of purgatory attempts t do this by suggesting that people can be rectifed and worked on in order to get into God’s presents. A strong and concivncg argument that suggests that the idea of hell is not in God’s nature is the statement proposed by David Hick which states that the idea of hell doesn’t portray an all loving God but an anti vindictive one. This is a strong argument as although Purgatory is not wirtten about in the Bible it allings with God’s nature it highlights the clear fallacy that staes that God can be all loving because howcould he send people to suffer. A counter argument against this however can be presented . It can be argued that the dea of God being all loving is exploited and God;s true nature points to the punishment of hell. within coety people are punished for doing bad things not because they arenot loved but because of their actions . If God was to neglect justice for love that suggeste he would be underminign one of his core characteristics which is being just . A strong argument in support of this is presented by Pope John paul who states that Just because God is all lovingdoes not mean he can not issue out justice as well. This re iterates the idea that people neglect characteristics of God in order to suit their idea . Which suggests that the idea of hell makes more senes than hell because its God;s justice for sin. On the other hand ,it can be argued that rugatory still makes more sense. it can be argued wrong doings should be punished however it can be questioned whether they should be punsihed to the extent of eternal torment. David Hume further recognises this stating that the sins humans commit are finite how can they be punished for eternity in Hell, this further strenghtens the idea of prugatory making more senese as it allings with God’s nature. in conclusion it can be argued that purgatory makes more senese than hell as it alligns with both God’s nature to love and to judge as well..
In continuation on this it can be argued that neither hell or purgatory are more convincing argument as God desires for all humans to be saved. The theory of unvierslaism states that God wants all human beings to be reconciled with him one day. rather than them being assigned to hell or purgatory. God created human being in his own image and it could be argued that even on earth he is watching them , It can be questioned how could a God that loves his creationsend them of to somewhere apart from his presence. Origen recongised this and presnets a strong and cohesive arguemtn in favour of this when asked about his theory on hell he belives that human beings will all regarldess of being in helll even for a short time will eventually be reconciled with God. This is a strong argument as the idea of unvierslims offers more hope to people than the ide aof beign seperated from God;s presnce and being sent to either hell or heaven. The idea of universalisim however does not do enough to dissporve both hell and purgatory. The idea of universlaims dismmises the idea of sin. Humans have to be seperated from God because they have sinned ever since the fall. The idea God want everyone to be saved and disregards punishmets like hell or purgatory contradicts this. As their would not have had to be seperation in the first place. The story of the richman and lazarus fiurther illustartes this with the richman not living a hly life and going to hell suggesting that not everybody will be saved bu they all will be judged. in conclusion therofre it can be argued that both hell and purgatory make sense as they both allign with the idea that God will eventually judge everybody on earth.
In conclusion it can be argued that purgatory makes more sense than hell.. As it highlights the idea of God showing his loving nature. and just nature at the same time God loves everybody therefore does not want anybody to go to hell, however he is still just therefore people may be separated form him for a short time through purgatory. Furthermore the idea of purgatory offers hope that even people who ae not good enough can eveneutally make it to heaven as noted by scholars like Origen who see it as being a probation camp,