From “Know the Truth” – Purgatory and Praying for the Dead

The following bible verses are referenced from the Youtube post of Know the Truth (KTT) Philippines in defense to the belief of the Catholic to Purgatory and Praying for the Dead. For the actual video, please check Youtube : (Praying for the Dead) and (Purgatory).

Biblical References (OT and NT): Prayer for the Dead

Gn 2:7 > “….then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Ex 3:6 > “I am the God of your father, he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob…..”
Lk 20:38 > “….and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
2 Mac 12:42 > “Turning to supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out. The noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes what had happened because of the sins of those who had fallen.” 43 > “He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiation sacrifice. In doing this, he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection in mind; …”44 > “…for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead.” 45 > “But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who were gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought.” 46 > “Thus, he made atonement fo the dead that they might be absolved from their sin.” (Purgatory)
Ex 30:16 > “When you receive the ransom money from the Israelites, you shall donate it to the service of the tent of meeting, that there, it may be a reminder of the Israelites before the Lord of the ransom paid for their lives.” (Purgatory)
Sir 7:33 > “Give your gift to all the living, and do not withhold your kindness from the dead.”
Neh 1:6 > “May your ears be attentive, and your eyes open, to hear the prayer that I, your servant, now offer in your presence, day and night for your servants the Israelites, confessing the sins we have committed against you, I and my ancestral house included.”2:5 > “I prayed to the God of heaven and then answered the king: If it pleased the king, and if your servant is deserving of your favor send me to Judah, to the city where my ancestors are buried, that I may rebuild it.” (Purgatory) Suffrages thru Fasting (cf: Purgatory)
1 Sm 31:13 > “Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh, and fasted for seven days.”
2 Sm 1:12 > “They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son, Jonathan, for the people of the Lord and the house of Israel because they had fallen by the sword.”
Mt 12:32 > “And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Purgatory)
Ruth 2:20 > “May he be blessed by the Lord, who never fails to show kindness to the living and to the dead…..” 1:8 > “Naomi said to her daughters-in-law, go back, each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord show you the same kindness as you have shown to the deceased and to me.”
Lk 16: 22 > “When the poor man died, he was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried…..23 > and from the netherworld, where he was in torment he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.24 > And he cried out, Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.”


Dn 11:33 > “Those with insight among the people shall instruct the many; though for a time the sword, flames, exile, and plunder will cause them to stumble.” 35 > “Some of those with insight shall stumble so that they may be tested, refined, and purified, until the end of time which is still appointed to come.” (ref: Prayer for the Dead)
Heb 9:27 > “Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment, 28 > so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.”
1 Pt 3:18 > “For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteousness, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was fought to life in the spirit. 19 > In it, he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water.”
Rev 5:2-3 > “Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice, ‘who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll of to examine it.”
Phil 2:10 > “….that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,…”
Council of Trent, Chapter II: The visible sacrifice is propitiatory for the living and the dead. 1548……”Therefore, it is rightly offered according to apostolic tradition not only for the sins, punishments, satisfaction and other necessities of the faithful who are alive, but also for those who have died in Christ but are not yet wholly purified.”
Bar 3:4 > “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, hear the prayer of the dead of Israel, children who sinned against you; they did not listen to the voice of the Lord, their God, and their evils cling to us.”
1 Chr 10:12 > “…all their warriors set out, recovered the corpses of Saul and his sons, and brought them to Jabesh and fasted for seven days.”

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