If we take the above passages literally, we now know the exactlocation of hell - eight miles south-west of Jerusalem (Gehenna). If youget cast there, be sure to bring a picnic lunch and spend a couplehours enjoying the scenery (there's no more fire there, just trees,grass, houses, etc.)
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, yecursed, into
, prepared for the devil and his angels:For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and yegave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. And these shall go away into
but the righteousinto life eternal.
(Matt. 25:41-43, 46) This is from the parable of the sheep and the goats (please readMatthew 25:31-46) The only difference between the sheep and goatsis what they did and did not do. If you want to avoid hell, you mustfeed the hungry, water the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe thenaked, and visit the imprisoned.
he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abrahamafar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
(Lk. 16:23) This comes from the story of the rich man and Lazarus (please readLuke 16:19-31). If we take it literally, then everyone goes to hell(hades) upon death. Abraham and Lazarus were also in hell with therich man, seperated only by a deep chasm. Thus, avoiding hell is notpossible. But let's accept the traditional interpretation. Thetraditionalists have invented a scheme by which Lazarus will beushered into heaven at the time of the judgment (or sooner) and therich man will be transfered to the lake of fire to burn for all eternity.Since the rich man is accused of no sin whatsoever, and Lazarus wasnot commended for even a single act of righteousness or faith, theonly real difference between them was that one was poor and theother was rich. So if you're rich, get rid of all your worldly possessions,live on the streets and become a beggar, and infect yourself withsores. Also get yourself some dogs to lick your sores, and you too willget to sit on Abraham's chest and listen to the screams of the damnedas they beg for water.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into