The Catholic Church associates the image of fire with the final purification known as purgatory.
Why does it do this?
Is there a scriptural basis for this image?
Also, what kind of fire is this?
In past centuries, many theologians have speculated that it might be a form of material fire.
Although that has been a common opinion historically, there's a difficult question that the idea raises: How could material fire affect the holy souls in purgatory? They don't have their bodies, so how could material fire affect them? And why would it accomplish a spiritual effect on them?
More recently, some theologians have suggested that the fire is something else entirely.
In fact, they...READ MORE