I asked you if you had a bible, is a legitimate question. It really doesn't do any good to debate bible with someone who doesn't own one, or read one. You have to read it on a regular basis to really understand it. One thing I would like to point out to you, is anytime I quoted scripture, you would find a way to come back to me with some kind of other explanation or defense, but when I quoted the Catholic Catechism, you thanked me. Kind of looks like you place more weight on what the Catholic Catechism says than what the bible says.
Of course I didn't mean our spirits don't need to be made new, of course they do, but that happens at conversion. When we accept Christ, we get his spirit into ours. No, God is not fooling himself when he sees Jesus when he looks at us, but this is how he chose to satisfy his justice. Jesus was made sin for us. So, while Jesus was on the cross, God took all our sins, from Adam till beyond and placed them on Christ. Why do you think Jesus cried out why have you forsaken me? A divine exchange was made. Was God fooling himself then? No, but sin cannot go unpunished, God's justice demands it. If God didn't make that divine exchange, we would be in big trouble. But, unlike people, God doesn't do things halfway. He didn't take some our sins, and then leave us to pay for the rest in purgatory. Try looking at it this way, I know you believe in original sin. Now, because of Adam sins, we are all born sinners. Right? Well, we inherited sin from Adam. Now we've inherited righteousness from Jesus. He took all, yes all our sins. If I get time later or tomorrow, I'll post some of the scripture references.
As for the witch of Endor, I wasn't quoting her, The scriptures make it clear, not just because the Witch of Endor said it, that Samuel did come up and appear to Saul. Samuel himself said, 1 Sam 28:15...."Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" Saul talked to him, and Samuel even prophesied some judgements to him that came from God. That was the point I was trying to make, that his spirit was in the ground, in hell, but on the paradise side. Sometimes God does allow these things to occur at his will, and discretion. After all, Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus, but you're right other than these examples, that kind of thing is forbidden in scripture. I have the same bible as you do (if you have one), minus the extra books Catholics have. Actually I have a Catholic bible too. Besides these are all moot points now, since you've seen the Catholic Catechism backing up (in your eyes) what I say about hell and paradise.
I agree that I probably shouldn't have used the body, mind, and spirit argument to debate the existence of purgatory. I should've just stuck to scriptures only. I was giving you arguments of my own opinion, and that was a mistake. However, like I said, when I get time I will post some of the scripture references.