What does the Parable of the rich man and Lazarus mean?
THE great majority of the religious sects of Christendom today, hold thateternal torment in a burning hell is the destiny of the wicked. Wow! Whathope that is!!--- These words of Jesus recorded at Luke 16:19-31 regardingthe rich man and Lazarus are among the proofs they use to support their teachings.* Now, to answer this question it’s important to consider two vital linesof reasoning.* First, what is the condition of the dead? Let’s take a look at Ecclesiastes9:5
for the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead,they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore havewages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten.Aswe notice they are conscious of nothing.
* Second, what is the Penalty for sin? Rom. 6:23f
or the wages sin paysis death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, death is the penalty.* Now, with these 2 points in mind.Let’s reflect upon what Jesus was saying in his parable at:Luke 16:19-21 and if you can keep your bibles open here to this chapter ---it goes on to say,“But a certain man was rich, and he used to deck himself with purple andlinen, enjoying himself from day to day with magnificence. But a certain beggar named Lazarus used to be put at his gate, full of ulcers
and desiringto be filled with the things dropping from the table of the rich man.* Here the rich man represents the Jewish clergy, who were well providedfor with spiritual provision; who were very self-righteous, and who were proud of being Abraham’s offspring.* Now, the beggar pictures the Jewish common people, who weredespised by the clergy, who because of neglect were spiritually sick, andwere hungering and thirsting for righteousness, and who appreciated their need of the Great Physician, Christ Jesus.