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Interesting. All of Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy pray for the dead and none of us believe in purgatory. Several hundred million Christians praying for the dead and yet not believing in purgatory would seem to put the lie to any notion that a belief in purgatory is the sine qua non of a belief in the efficacy of prayers for the dead.


8 posted on 11/02/2009 5:07:56 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis
and none of us believe in purgatory...

Well, there are the aerial toll booths.

9 posted on 11/02/2009 5:14:41 PM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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Could you explain why you pray for the dead if you don't believe in Purgatory?

Protestants believe either that the soul is in heaven or hell immediately after death, or that it waits "sleeping" until the final judgement.

Are either of those compatible with what you believe? I am not familiar with very much about the Orthodox Church, so excuse my rather convoluted question.

13 posted on 11/02/2009 6:52:07 PM PST by Miss Marple
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