Purgatory? No

Zwingli’s Statue at the Wasserkirche

Paul forbids us to be anxious concerning them that fall asleep, 1 Thess. 4:13, as if we had no hope of a future life, just as the heathen have no hope. But if there were a purgatory, undoubtedly he would have taught us to sorrow for those who we knew were being sadly afflicted with torments. Therefore, since he had occasion to mention the dead, and, more than that, to discuss the anxiety of the living in regard to them, and yet gave not the slightest hint of purgatory, it is quite evident that Paul knew nothing about purgatory. He realized that it was sufficient for him to know Christ and Him crucified [1 Cor. 2:2]. But what need of many words, when we see that purgatory has the support only of human fiction and not of God’s word? For all the passages of Holy Scripture used in its defence have been violently twisted to serve that purpose. — Huldrych Zwingli

On Dealing With Adversity

Adversity will have its bitterness, and sting us. When afflicted with disease, we shall groan and be disquieted, and long for health; pressed with poverty, we shall feel the stings of anxiety and sadness, feel the pain of ignominy, contempt, and injury, and pay the tears due to nature at the death of our friends: but our conclusion will always be, The Lord so willed it, therefore let us follow his will. Nay, amid the pungency of grief, among groans and tears this thought will necessarily suggest itself and incline us cheerfully to endure the things for which we are so afflicted.  — John Calvin