Is The Catholic Belief in Purgatory Biblical?

purgatoryIn Hebrews 4, it says Jesus, our High Priest, passed through the heavens. Does this mean Jesus spent time in purgatory before He entered Heaven?

Hebrews 4:14 (NKJV)

Our Compassionate High Priest

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

In Hebrews 4:14, the writer says that Jesus is a high priest Who passed through the heavens. The Greek word for Heavens is ouranos, which can mean the air, the universe or Heaven. Given the context of Hebrews 4, the author is using the word to mean the earthly atmosphere and the universe. Continue reading

Who is the Author of the Book of Hebrews?

Author of the Book of Hebrews?The Book of Hebrews has many references to the Old Testament. Many suggest Paul wrote Hebrews. Are there any clues as to who might be the author of the book of Hebrews?

The author of Hebrews is unknown. As early as 255 AD, church leaders concluded the author of the book was unknown. Some speculate it was Paul, and from 400-1600 AD the Roman church declared the letter to be the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews. The writer has a firm grasp of the Old Testament pictures of Christ, and he has an in-depth understanding of the Jewish culture, sacrificial system, law, prophets, Old Testament scripture, etc. Even the closing of the letter sounds a little like Paul and mentions Timothy, a protegé of Paul. Continue reading