But what about these verses?
Revelation 21:27 New International Version (NIV)
27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
This is very clear, we have to be clean to enter Heaven.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
Before you highlight the first half of 15, it continues to say:
"even though only as one escaping through the flames."
Which has to be referring to Purgatory.
No offense taken. I have deleted it completely and have made the phrase more neutral (hopefully).
I doubt you are even checking this site anymore, but I will respond anyway for others.
The problem with those statements is the wording. His "penalty" was the Crucifixion where He took the sins of the past and future for our salvation. Yes, the "penalty" for sin is hell, but Jesus never sinned. Jesus (who is also God) is sinless. God could never be in Hell. So saying, "Jesus pay[ed] the penalty for people's sin" and then following up that with "the penalty for sin is going to hell" are true statements, but the word "penalty" changes its meaning.
Did they use the same unit of time as today?
My teachers have suggested that specific numbers of age were given to good leaders as a sign of "wisdom" and things like that.
At what point in the Bible does it make sense to take ages seriously? (Noah was 950 I believe)