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XIX. Does The Bible Teach Eternal Life In Hell? (Continued)

C. Does The Story Of The Rich Man And Lazarus Teach Ever lasting Torment?

Luke 16:
    19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
    20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
    21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich mans table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
    22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
    23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
    24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
    25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
    26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
    27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my fathers house:
    28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
    29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
    30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
    31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

NOTE:
    1. This story is a parable, used by Christ, to emphasize a point. The point Christ was making is found in verse 31.

Matthew 13:
    34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

    Parables cannot be taken literally or one would have to believe that trees, vines, and bramble can talk.

Judges 9:
    8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
    9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
    10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us.
    11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?
    12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.
    13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
    14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.
    15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

2. Abraham’s bosom is not heaven. Abraham looked forward to heaven which has a city, for the saints, built by God.

Hebrews 11:
    8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
    10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
    16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

3. People in hell can’t talk to those in heaven.

Isaiah 65:
    17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Psalms 37:
    10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
    36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Revelation 21:
    4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

4. The dead are in their graves.

Job 17:
    13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

John 5:
    28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
    29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

5. Man is rewarded at Christ’s second coming, not at death.

Revelation 22:
    11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
    12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

6. The wicked are separated from the righteous at the end of the world, not when they die.

Matthew 13:
    40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
    41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Malachi 3:
    18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Matthew 25:
    31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
    32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

7. In this parable the rich man is in bodily form with eyes, tongue, etc. Taking this parable literally would require that ones’ body as well as his soul would go right to hell at death.

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