Category: Purgatory

“Temporal punishments for sin”, what does that mean?

In the “prayer to dead saints” article, someone is asking the meaning of the term, “temporal punishment for sin”. I sympathize. Because I had the hardest time understanding that, as well. But then, someone said, “Just think of it as TEMPORARY punishment for sin”. And voila! I understood. 
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Have you ever seen these verses in Scripture?  To what do you think they refer?

1 Corinthians 3:15
King James Version (KJV)
15If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Saved by fire? What? How is it that the righteous are burned?

Revelation 2:10
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life

What do you call this place where the just go to be purified by fire?  We call it Purgatory.