The 1994 Catholic Catechism states:
“The Eucharistic sacrifice is also offered for the faithful departed who ‘have died in Christ but are not yet wholly purified, so that they may be able to enter into the light and peace of Christ.'” Pg. 345, #1371″In the Eucharist, the Church expresses her efficacious communion with the departed…” Pg. 420 #1689
I challenge anyone to give me the Bible verse where this is supported. Again, this must be the traditions of men. If this is in the Bible, then we need to obey it. However, if it is not in the Word of God, we should question its validity. The Word not only does not mention giving communion for the dead but this doctrine directly opposes what the Scriptures say. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12
If communion can be taken on behalf of our dead relatives in purgatory so they can gain entrance into heaven, then we are again saying that Jesus’ work on the cross was not sufficient. My catholic friend, answer this one question:
If communion (and indulgences) helps the dead get out of purgatory, why did Jesus have to die? Was His blood insufficient?
Would you send your child to war if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that he would be killed for nothing? God would not send His Son Jesus to die on the cross if His shed blood was not able to save to the uttermost. That would mean we serve a cruel God and we know that God is love! (1 Jn 4:16) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. We know that purgatory cannot exist because the Bible says in Heb. 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:. It is when we are on earth that we make the decision whether to be saved or not. If we do not accept Christ, we are condemned according to John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
After we die, we are immediately judged. (2 Co 5:8 ) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. There is nothing that can be done after we breathe our last breath. If we did not get saved before we die, we will immediately be judged and our name will not be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life. However, if we die and we had accepted the complete work of Christ’s shed blood on the cross, we have the confidence, according to Paul’s statement above, that will be present with the Lord!
God’s judgment of hell passes on those who die without Christ. Period. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36 The Bible does not say that one must receive the Eucharist on behalf of our departed family and friends. The only way to avoid God’s judgment of hell is: He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8 Don’t be foolish, my friend!