Where do Catholics learn of the placed called limbo? anonymous
Now, as to how Catholicism came up with the concept of a place called limbo, I don't really know. But I can tell you that it fits within our own performance-based perceptions of God and the unknown. Think about it. If you're mad at somebody don't you often go through a cooling down period before you deal with them again? Why do we do this? Maybe because we want to make sure that the other person knows how mad we are. There is also a sense of appeasement on the part of the one who feels he must suffer before being accepted back into another's good graces.
But don't you see how we have projected our own warped sensibilities upon God? God doesn't think or operate like that! Limbo in the Catholic religion is no different than this. But I'll tell you something else. Every form of religion has somehow established this same waiting period between ourselves and God, just in different ways. You see, it simply makes sense to US, and therefore, we have worked it into our religious view of God.
What if there was a different way to view ourselves and each other that left sin totally out of the picture? Well, there is ... and that way is Christ! For he took sin out of the way through his death and has brought new life -- a resurrected life that has nothing more to do with sin. Sound good? :)