A point about purgatory in another forum has made me ponder a question, but am having difficulty with it. This is due to my not knowing my Bible as I should, no doubt, and I am ashamed to even ask it. Yet I need to know: Is there anything in the Bible that specifically states a distinction between temporal punishment and eternal punishment of sin? Catholics say that Jesus took away the eternal punishment for sin, but not all of the temporal punishment (that is why you need purgatory). I just cannot find this specifically stated in the Bible. Did not Jesus take away ALL punishment for sin? I would really like any help on this, with thanks given ahead of time.