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This teaching is firmly based on the words of our Lord in the Bible.

Although the Karaites accept all 24 books of the Bible as holy, they staunchly reject the divinity of the Oral Law (recorded in the Talmud) as well as the authority of the rabbis, and view many aspects of rabbinic Halacha as contradictory to the pshat, or plain meaning, of the Torah...

Protestants, being more traditional, focus on the Bible....

Perhaps it needs to be emphasized that the apparent view of the Roman Catholic Church (which I intend to document clearly in a later version of this article) is that all who happen to be alive at some time in the future when there is a Great Monarch who accompanied by a certain Pope will convert the world and nearly the whole world will be Catholic. And while that type of "universal salvation" is interesting, those "saved" then combined with those who the Catholics teach were saved while alive earlier or in purgatory still only amounts to less than probably 30% of all humans to ever lived.

Gives the SufferingSouls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

If Inferno had dealt with the effects of sin, Purgatoriodeals with their causes.

This fairly long article will attempt to highlight some of the major similarities and dissimilarities between the Roman Catholic Church and the genuine Church of God --with a focus on the early beliefs of those who professed Christianity. Some of these differences should help demonstrate which one is the the true and faithful church.

What is our eventual condition after we die? Do we eventually land up in Heaven, Hell,. Are we sent to one of these locations immediately? Do we simply disappear and cease to existin any form? Do we just sleep for a long time after death before waking up for a final judgment? Are we reincarnated into new bodies -- either as animals or humans -- for another lifetime on Earth?

There is no heaven and hell, it is just all here....

The other details of Dante's entrance into Purgatorioare probably typical for the souls as well.

In a very literal way the dream provides a transition,from one to another day, from one to another level of Purgatory, and fromone to another physical locale.

The dream of the siren (or of Serena) in canto 19 also provides a transition,this time to the upper three terraces of Purgatory where souls do penancefor their self-indulgent instincts.

In the earthly paradise, a procession symbolic of the booksof the Bible passes before Dante.
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In canto 9, Dante has the first of his three dreams on Purgatory.

Interestingly, even scholars often teach that the Apostle John's references to Babylon in the Book of Revelation (circa 95 A.D.) are references to Rome. Notice what the commentary in the Rheims' New Testament, the Catholic accepted translation of the Latin Vulgate into English, states:

From a Roman Catholic Priest and Theologian R.P. McBrien:

While both the Roman Catholic Church and the COG teach that the Bible warns about a revived Roman Empire called Babylon, the Roman Catholic Church sometimes teaches that a future revival of the Holy Roman Empire--including being called Babylon by one of its prophets--is a good thing, while the COG considers that the future revival that certain Roman Catholics are waiting for is something that the world needs to be warned about!

From Roman Catholic Priest and Theologian F.A. Sullivan:

Some of our Teachers say that a King of the Franks will possess the entire Roman Empire. He will be the greatest and the last of all Monarchs. After having wisely governed his kingdom, he will go in the end to Jerusalem and will lay down his sceptre and his crown upon the Mount of Olives. Immediately afterwards, Antichrist will come. (Dupont Yves. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p.18).

Catherine ofGenoa on purgatory.

2nd, at the END of their testimony, or "1260 days", it is "the BEAST THAT ASCENDED OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT" which kills them. Since this is the re-establishment, yet future, of the Roman Empire, which does not take place until the time of the first WOE, it appears that these "witnesses" are two literal men, not the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible, as some believe.

Notice what Catholic translations of the Bible teach:

163 Faith makes us taste in advance the light of the beatific vision, the goal of our journey here below. The we shall see God "face to face" (Catechism of the Catholic Church. Imprimatur Potest +Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Doubleday, NY 1995, p. 50).

Differing Bibles: The So-Called Deuterocanonical Books

While the COG still believe that there is six thousand years allotted for mankind, the Roman Catholic Church no longer teaches this (some apparently did away with this in the fifth century based upon the writings of Augustine)--though some Catholics as late as the 20th century did believe this (for more information, please see the article ).

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