Apocrypha: Interpretation

    2 Machabees

  1. These verses are used to justify the Catholic church's (former) belief in purgatory and praying for the dead. 12:43-46

  2. When Razias, the father of the Jews, was about to be captured, he tried to kill himself with his sword. As he was dying, he prayed to God while grabbing his bowels with both hands and throwing them at the crowd -- thereby showing for Catholics everywhere that God approves of suicide. 14:37-46


  3. Raphael finally reveals his name and true nature: he's an archangel, "one of the seven who stand before the Lord." (See Rev 8.2.) 12:15


  4. Does hell exist? 5:14