^So for every 15 minutes of Scripture reading, 300 days of "Get of Purgatory" are applied to one's "sentence"? How does someone come up with a formulation like this? Where is the testimony in the fathers? Reading things like this only confirm that indulgences and purgatory are innovations of the one true faith handed down once and for all to the saints.
I think I can give you some answer on this point brother. I hope that RCs on this forum can correct me on this point, but that's how a friend of mine (ex RC seminarist) clarified this point of the faith I once shared.
There's no law in heaven and no tradition of the Church that 15 minutes of Scripture reading equal 300 days less of purgatory. Why? Because it's a decision of the Pope to grant this indulgence/extra absolution. In other words: as a Successor of Peter, the Pope has been given the power to bind and loose. Then, he can also choose the conditions
to obtain absolution. In this case, the Pope decreed - as a sort of judge - that all sinners who read the Scriptures for 15 minutes a day were granted by Papal power an indulgence of 300 days of purgatory. If he wanted, he could have given a plenary indulgence, or a different amount of days, and so on.
In the prayer of the Rosary, for example, there's a specific prayer "for the intentions of the Pope": if you pray for the Pope and his intentions, you can obtain an indulgence.
In other words, the doctrine of indulgences is connected more explicitly to the Papal powers then to the essence of Purgatory.
I also ask you if my point of view on life after death in Orthodoxy is correct. I always perceived time for the departed as a "personal perception". Let's take as an example the Toll House imagery (which is, I think, only a mystical transposition of otherwise incomprehensible truths) and the extension of prayers for the departed. All Toll Houses revelations ascribe to the soul a period of 40 days for purification, but Orthodox Christians pray for the dead even beyond the 40th day after one's death. Then my personal opinion/understanding is that as God's time is different then ours, also the departed's time is different: they perceive that only 40 days have passed (because 40 is a symbol for preparation and purification in Christianity: look at the period of Christ in the desert, and at the Exodus) even if each souls spends a different time there. Is my opinion in some way erroneous? Shall I renounce to this interpretation of time for the departed? Is it somehow an heretical theological opinion from an Orthodox perspective?
Thanks in advance for your explanations.
In Christ, Alex