Impious It is a concept that comes from a Latin word that serves to refer to someone who lacks the virtue of piety or of faith in God . In turn, it is used as a synonym for hostile, as far as religious and sacred is concerned.
Here are some examples where the term appears: “It was a time when the wicked were persecuted and, once found, tortured to death”, “The priest considered the old man to be an impious, although he did not dare to question him in public about his influence on the people”, "David showed impious behavior with those who cried for mercy".
For the theology , impiety consists in the denial of God as an almighty creature. In Roman times, impiety was associated with immorality, sacrilege and evil. The notion even transcended the religious: those who did not respect their parents or the country were considered impious. Those people who declared their freedom and denied their obligations to other people (father, country or God) were considered impious: people heartless and denatured .
The salvation of the wicked
He Purgatory It is a concept widely disseminated by the Catholic Church to instill fear in the people and thus ensure the follow-up of the faithful. Through the idea of punishment after death, this institution managed to fight impiety.
Purgatory is the space to which souls will stop after death, before heading to heaven, also known as paradise. It is not a physical place but rather a state of transition of the soul towards purification , a step through which the atonement of sins committed is achieved.
There go all those who, without having committed mortal sins, have left some loose ends, (venial sins without confessing in front of a church authority). In this space, believers purify themselves of the stain of such sins to eliminate that temporary penalty and obtain the kind and compassionate look of God, to prepare themselves for the only life that should matter: eternal life .
It is believed that all who enter Purgatory sooner or later go to heaven Therefore, it is not reasonable to say that purgatory is the same as hell or that it may be a step towards it. Believers often pray for those who are in this limbo, because it is believed that the prayer of the living can help those in purgatory be saved more quickly.
Purgatory is the opportunity of the wicked to become beings of mercy, living fully in the fear of God and willing to approach that life they always dreamed of: eternal life.
It should be clarified that in all religions there are different points of view as to whether or not there is an eternal life and the path that must be followed to achieve it; Likewise, the treatment of the wicked differs between religions and others.
At present, the term was limited for exclusive use of the religious field. The most fundamentalist and conservative religious sectors qualify as impious all people who, according to their point of view, do not respect the divine mandates or abide by the precepts that emanate from religious authority.
That worldview can make many subjects who are not religious, although they are not considered opponents of the religion , be considered as impious for their liberalism . Supporting abortion or contraceptive methods may be sufficient grounds for the Church to accuse people of impiety.