- Jul 18, 2017
I feel Lazarus and the rich man is a parable despite the proper names
Had the Lord Jesus not revealed this to us, we would never have known that there were two "compartments" in Sheol/Hades which were separated by a wide chasm so that the righteous and unrighteous dead could not cross over in either direction. What the Lord called "Abraham's bosom" was the abode of the righteous dead, but it is no longer occupied since Christ took all the souls and spirits of the saints to Heaven, where they are now the spirits of just men made perfect.
So do you see that attempting to dismiss the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus as a mere parable detracts from the theology regarding the after life?
It just does not make sense of a maggot that never dies.