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Started by Michael:D, February 08, 2017, 09:37:00 AM
QuoteHell mentioned 17 times in the Gospels (15 by Jesus and 2 in ACTs), 1 by James and 1 by Peter, 4 times in Revelation. Total of 23 times. Paul never mentions hell (I wonder why)?
QuoteThe reason we have so much so-called Hell in our world is because we have so little in our pulpits.
QuoteThe Rich Man and Lazarus - Luke 16:19-31Believe it or not, this is the ONLY place in the entire New Testament that suggests that a lost soul goes into a fiery hell immediately at death. This idea is not taught anywhere else - not by Matthew, Mark, John, James, Peter or Paul.Jesus often told parables. While containing many practical lessons, parables are not meant to be taken literally. Here are 9 reasons why the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus is definitely a parable:1. Jesus often began his parables in the book of Luke with the phrase, ?a certain...? See Luk.12:16; 13:6; 14:16; 15:11; 16:1; 19:11-12; 20:9 (KJV).2. A man cannot literally enter into ?the bosom? or chest of Abraham.3. It is impossible for anyone who is literally burning in fire to carry on a normal conversation.4. Can those in heaven and hell talk to each other?5. The rich man was represented as being ?bodily? in hell, with eyes, a mouth, a tongue, etc. This is obviously symbolic. If the rich man?s grave was dug up, wouldn?t his body be there? Of course.6. A real man burning in fire would not ask for a little water to cool his tongue. (He would ask for the fire brigade!)7. Jesus Christ did not interpret every parable He told. Yet He did interpret the parable of the wheat and the weeds in Matthew 13. In His interpretation of this parable, Jesus said plainly that hell-fire occurs at the end, rather than at death. Read Mat.13:40.8. Consciousness at death contradicts the rest of the Bible. Ecc.9:5,10; Psa.6:5; 115:17; 146:4; etc.9. 2Pe.2:9 says that the lost will not be punished until ?the day of judgment? which occurs at the end of the 1000 years (see Rev.20:11-15).The purpose of this parable was to teach the greedy Pharisees that contrary to their present opinions, the rich are not necessarily blessed and the poor cursed (16:14, 22-23), that a man?s destiny is fixed at death (16:26), that speaking against Him with their ?tongues? would result in their going into hell-fire (16:4), and that if they would not believe Moses and the prophets, a resurrection would not convince them (16:29, 31). Thus Jesus declared that we must believe Moses and the prophets. Nowhere in the writings of ?Moses and the prophets? do people instantly go to heaven or into hell-fire at death. Why did Jesus use the name Lazarus? Because this parable was also a prophecy. At the end of His life Jesus would resurrect a real person named Lazarus, yet this miracle would still not convince the Pharisees that He was the Messiah. Joh.11:1-53.Note: We should interpret parables in the light of the rest of the Bible, rather than the rest of the Bible in the light of one parable.