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One of the texts that those who preach the Doctrine of HELL use as a supposable proof
for this fallacy is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. However, only dishonestly,
will they ever call it a parable. Because they will never look at it in a parabolic way, but
rather doggedly insist that it must be taken literally!
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Luke 16:19-31
“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in
splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with
sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s
table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. Now the poor man died
and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and
was buried. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment,
and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And
he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me,
and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in
water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this
flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during
your life you received your good things, and likewise
Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted
here, and you are in agony’. ‘And besides all this,
between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that
those who wish to come over from here to you will not be
able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ And he
said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five
brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of
torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’
But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will
repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will
not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
When we look at the parable literally, immediately a problem faces us because Jesus’
work on the cross becomes meaningless. The Rich Man’s fate in the “Jaws of Hell” is
predicated solely upon how much he enjoyed his unfortunate blessing of wealth; and
Lazarus’ apparent Salvation is predicated upon how much he suffered in his poverty.
At this rate, a man could buy his way into heaven by giving away his money. Hey, now
there’s an idea! Lets just divvy up the money evenly, that way everyone can just go to
purgatory! Socialism, yeah that’s the ticket!
If the model that this parable portrays can’t be reconciled with the model understood as
“Salvation from Eternal Torment,” in what way may it be used as a New Testament
proof text? Having to resort to smoke and mirrors and a little bit of booga-booga
(FEAR) should be a red flag that maybe something might be just a little bit out of kilter!
Since we cannot make the parable fit this particular model of salvation, is there some
aspect of the revealed word that it does portray? Undoubtedly, there are numerous
interpretations that could be made, and most would likely result in valid, instructive
and profitable understanding. For as I said earlier, there are always many levels of
understanding to be gleaned from Jesus’ sayings.
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So, regardless of whom the major characters might represent in this story, I would like
us to look at it afresh, and do so very objectively from a distance. We have two basic
characters in this parable. One apparently rich in this world’s goods and wisdom, and
he spent his life thoroughly enjoying it. Then we have another person who, poor in
spirit, spent his life under very harsh circumstances, someone that no one in their right
mind would envy. Next, we read that both of our intrepid characters have mutually
suffered the wages of SIN and have passed over to the other side. Here we see that
some Great Cosmic Equalizing Principle of the Universe seems to have balanced the
books and the roles are reversed.
In reading the parable, one particular passage seems to leap off the page.
Luke 16:25
“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things,
and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you
are in agony.’”
I don’t know about you, but I am immediately struck by the seemingly compassionate
nonchalance that Jesus portrays Abraham’s response to the “rich man,” almost to say in
relative indifference: Friend, do you not remember, the terms were always buy now, or
buy later. Did I not counsel you to “buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may
become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your
nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.”
My child, you clearly chose to purchase later. And your problem is?
You say you are thirsty in the fire? You say you are in torment?
Concordance reference – G928 torment
basanizo
Thayer Definition:
1) to test (metals) by the touchstone, which is a black siliceous stone used to
test the purity of gold or silver by the color of the streak produced on it by
rubbing it with either metal
2) to question by applying torture
3) to torture
4) to vex with grievous pains (of body or mind), to torment
5) to be harassed, distressed
5a) of those who at sea are struggling with a head wind
Part of Speech: verb
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Well now, my wealthy friend, when the purity of the Masters Gold is revealed against
the touchstone of your torment, you like Lazarus shall be Rich in the Character of God!
Then you will gratefully drink from our Father – the “Fountain of Living Waters.”
Refreshing Water that up ‘till now you have never thirsted for, having become content in
the self-satisfied blindness of religious carnality!
This forced Baptism may very well be a violent EYE OPENER, but now you may drink
deeply of the reality of UNION!
Hosea 6:1-2
“Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us,
but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the
third day, That we may live before Him.”
First by Fire, then by Water, the understanding of all creation shall be purged of all
ignorance, falsehood and Satanic deception.
And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Acts 28:5
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