The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.
(1478) An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the Father of mercies the remission of the punishments due for their sins. Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity. (Page 413)
(1479) Since the faithful departed now being purified are also members of the same communion of saints, one way we can help them is to obtain indulgences for them, so that the temporal punishments due for their sins may be remitted. (Page 413)
Put simply, indulgences is like a bank account of good favor that is left over grace from Jesus, and the saints who have gone home to glory. Indulgences can be purchased with money or good works, thereby granting grace to the sinner. This is a neat system, but it sounds more like the fleecing of the flock to me. Only one problem with indulgences, it is not in the Bible. Not one verse in the Bible speaks of temporal punishment. Indulgences are wicked unscriptural doctrine, designed to fleece the masses. Over the centuries the Catholic Church has amassed her wealth by extorting money from her flock under the auspices of indulgences. Read your history! See catechism #1030, #1031, #1032
Look what Peter says about purchasing the gifts of God.
When it comes to religion, the majority is always wrong! Jesus said this better than anyone else.
You had better check things out for yourself. You search the Scriptures. Dont take my word, or anybody elses. You will give an account for yourself.
What will you say? Will you say, I was told by my priest! God will say, ...Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels, Matthew 25:41.
INDULGENCES IS NOT IN THE BIBLE!
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