That temporal punishment is due to sin, even after the sin itself has been pardoned by God, is clearly the teaching of Scripture. God indeed brought man out of his first disobedience and gave him power to govern all things (Wisdom 10:2), but still condemned him “to eat his bread in the sweat of his brow” until he returned unto dust. God forgave the incredulity of Moses and Aaron, but in punishment kept them from the “land of promise” (Numbers 20:12). The Lord took away the sin of David, but the life of the child was forfeited because David had made God’s enemies blaspheme His Holy Name (2 Samuel 12:13-14). In the New Testament as well as in the Old, almsgiving and fasting, and in general penitential acts are the real fruits of repentance (Matthew 3:8; Luke 17:3; 3:3). The whole penitential system of the Church testifies that the voluntary assumption of penitential works has always been part of true repentance and the Council of Trent (Sess. XIV, can. xi) reminds the faithful that God does not always remit the whole punishment due to sin together with the guilt. God requires satisfaction, and will punish sin, and this doctrine involves as its necessary consequence a belief that the sinner failing to do penance in this life may be punished in another world, and so not be cast off eternally from God. [www.newadvent.org/cathen]
That’s a mouthful.
They go on to say that “all sins are not equal before God.” I find that interesting because I was told that “All sins are equal in God’s sight.” I later read that Jesus told us in the future (during the second coming) some would be beaten with “many blows” and some with “few blows” [Luke 12:47-48].
I looked for more sources on “sin” because as a sinner, I’d like to know what specifically I should be looking forward to.
When once asked, ‘What is the definition of sin?’ Billy Graham gave the following answer: A sin is any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. God is perfect, and anything we do that falls short of His perfection is sin. -billygraham.org
So is purgatory Hell on Earth? Is it condemnation for the many sins we commit? Are we all going to Hell if we haven’t already walked through it ourselves? Is it another Hoax to get us to donate more money to “the church”? Let’s take notes.
First we must try to visualize 3 places:
Hell (circles), Purgatory (terraces), & Heaven (spheres)
Dante (the poet) comprehended it as “Divine Love.”
Dante (the pilgrim) apprehended it as a “journey.”
I’ve included a number of ways ‘Dante’s Inferno’ is depicted. What is Dante’s Inferno? It is one of the great classics of Western literature, where Dante’s journey (or experience of divine love) is depicted through the nine circles of Hell.
It has even been made into a lovely coloring book. It has even been made into a lovely coloring book.
If you’re like me, you want to go straight to Amazon and find this bad boy. Unfortunately, I have work to do. No time for fun…(maybe later).
Let’s get back to simple stuff. There are 9 Circles of Hell.
Who resides in these places? Everyone knows on a journey, you’re bound to run into others.
Limbo: non-christians & unbaptized pagans (Homer, Socrates, Aristotle, Cicero, Hippocrates, and Julius Caesar to name a few.) They are banished to live in eternity in a place that’s basically an inferior form of Heaven. *see bottom for more on “Limbo”
Lust: These people (Cleopatra, Tristan, Helen of Troy) are punished with violent winds. In the winds, they can never find rest or find peace.
Gluttony: People here sit in “vile slush” of “never-ending icy rain” and are guarded by a worm-monster named Cerberus. Who knows who’s here because while in the mush, no one can see anyone else around them.
Greed: This circle is divided in two. One group hoards their riches and one group spends it. No one talks to Dante here because they’re all too busy “jousting”.
Anger: Dante travels by boat in this level of purgatory. Everyone is drowning in rage on the surface of Styx or down below. (Keep all hands inside the boat at all times.)
Heresy: 6, 6, 6…after hitting land, Dante discovers these are where the heretics lie in flaming tombs. (You’ve made your bed…*see more at bottom) There are some familiar faces here. Greek philosophers, Roman emperors, Popes, etc.
Violence: Lucky number 7. Odd. This place has 3 ‘rings’. The Outer ring is for those who messed with people and property, (I guess they’re both misdemeanors in Hell?) The Middle ring is for suicides. These people take the form of trees and bushes. They are “fed upon by **harpies”.
**a “harpy” is a rapacious monster described as having a woman’s head and body and a bird’s wings and claws or depicted as a bird of prey with a woman’s face. Hm…
Fraud: This places houses “the fraudulent,” (think I could’ve guessed that). Like fraud isn’t complicated enough, there are 10 tiers connected by bridges. These are referred to as “Bolgias,” which is Italian for ditches.
Bolgia 1: panderers (people that please for ulterior motives) & seducers
Bolgia 2: flatterers
Bolgia 3: those guilty of simony (those who sell church offices or sacred things)
Bolgia 4: sorcerers and false prophets
Bolgia 5: corrupt politicians
Bolgia 6: hypocrites
Bolgia 7: more hypocrites & thieves (?)
Bolgia 8: evil counselors & advisers
Bolgia 9: “divisive individuals”
Bolgia 10: various falsifiers (alchemists, perjurers, & counterfeits
Last but not least (maybe the worst?) …
Treachery: Everyone here is frozen in an icy lake. The worse you are, the deeper you go. There are 4 Rounds here named after the worst of the worst.
Round 1: Caina (Cain & Abel)
Round 2: Antenora (of Troy)
Round 3: Ptolomaea (son of Abubus)
Round 4: Judecca (Judas)
I’d agree Judas did the worst thing you can do. Some people say suicide is only unforgivable sin, but I guess he did that too. I didn’t know who Ptolemy was, so I looked it up. He was an ancient astrologer who came up with the idea that the Earth was the center of the universe. We now know that the Sun is the center of our universe. I thought I was the center of the universe once but that’s another topic for another day…
Most of what I typed above came from https://historylists.org/art/9-circles-of-hell-dantes-inferno.html . Blessings on blessings on blessings.
So where do we go from here? Come back down to Earth. Let’s review the 7 Deadly Sins: Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Wrath
I’d replace Yelp with Door Dash or Favor…maybe put under Wrath (you might know what I mean if you’ve seen the “You’re not Yelping” episode of South Park).
So purgatory has a place for all of us apparently.
I noticed in some depictions of Dante’s Inferno, there is Purgatory and Ante-Purgatory. Ante-Purgatory (in Canto 9 of the book of Dante) is where those who “lack the grace of confession” exist after death. It also includes neglectful rulers, the unabsolved, and the indolent (those wanting to avoid activity, or the medical definition being “slow to develop, progress, or heal”).
Here’s some good news. There are also 7 Heavenly Virtues for each Sin.
Pride –> Humility
Envy –> Kindness
Wrath –> Patience
Sloth –> Diligence
Greed –> Temperance
Gluttony –> Abstinence
Lust –> Chastity
PHEW! Just practice a few of those and maybe you won’t have to be swimming in slush too long or fighting off harpies with your tree branch arms.
There are also 9 Nobel Virtues, according to ethical guidelines derived from Odinism, or disambiguation. In other words Heathenry, also termed Heathenism, contemporary Germanic Paganism, or Germanic Neopaganism (a modern Pagan religion) [Wikipedia]
NNV or 9NV: Courage, Discipline, Fidelity, Honor, Hospitality, Industriousness, Perseverance, Self Reliance, and Truth.
A man in 1989 named Stephen Edred Flowers used these guidelines to come up with his “Six Fold Goal.” He was a “proponent of occultism, Odianism, esoteric runosophy, Germanic mysticism, Asatru, and Mazdaism, being instrumental in the early establishment of the Germanic Neopagan movement in North America” and was also “very active in Left-Hand Path occult organizations. He has over three dozen published books and hundreds of published papers and translations on a disparate range of subjects. Flowers advocates ‘Esoteric Runology and runosophy‘ and ‘Odianism‘ (occultist aspects of Germanic Neopaganism).” [Wikipedia]
He’s also a UT Longhorn. Hook ’em!
Six Fold Goals: Right, Wisdom, Might, Harvest, Frith (Peace & Freedom) and Love
I found the definition of Frith on Urban Dictionary. Dictionary.com said it was “firth”, aka a long, narrow indentation of the seacoast.
I have to go to bed. Every time I get into all this religious mumbo jumbo I can never finish.
Here’s more pictures I found on my journey. Maybe I can add more to this later or never think about it again…til next time y’all.
Oh one more thing. I was telling one of my amazing roommates about how horrible this all was. She agreed it was a lot and said something along the lines of “pride being the fall.” Then she showed me this. It’s awesome.
As the kid’s say, it’s lit.
*Some people believe Limbo is where people who died before Christ’s coming stay, as well as unbaptized infants. I also found that, “the Limbo of doctrine was introduced by philosopher Augustine, who claimed that children who are not baptized are consigned to hell.” –http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-limbo-and-purgatory
**Make your bed and lie in it: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/healing-trauma-s-wounds/201701/there-s-no-such-thing-you-made-your-bed-now-lie-in-it
More Fun Reading about Purgatory:
Even more fun stuff: https://www.flickr.com/photos/esaruoho/albums/72157604222958040/with/2357267927/
But yeah I can’t get into all that, I got stuff to do… 😉