- Published: 14 April 2011
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I would surely like more on The Rich Man and Lazarus because it is bothering me a great deal. I have been studying the word immensely lately and have been coming across truths that I was not aware of before.
I was a devout Christian when I was a child. I had a good relationship with God and obeyed his command as well as I humanly could have. When I hit my teenage years I began to rebel.
I have been part of the Southern Baptist Church until this period in my life. During My rebellion, one of my main concerns was why a God who created and immensely loved his children would send them to hell (The eternal suffering translation)if they did not follow his ways. This turned me off so much that I didn't want any part of the church or the God that I was taught to love and worship for my whole life. I was very angry. Even if my soul was saved, what about the rest of the world? I just couldn't believe this was true.
I began believing that we evolved by the Big Bang because dying forever and believing this is better than eternal suffering in Hell. I also felt that I could not be in heavenly bliss no matter what because I would be angry at my creator for making the non-believers suffer tremendously for eternity.
I understand that The Rich Man and Lazarus is probably a parable, but Jesus was not really accustomed to using this kind of satire. It is basically a lie. Is it not? And if he was being literal, then that goes against other scriptures saying that EVERY ONES soul rests until the second coming right? And if Lazarus is talking of the End of Days When the unsaved souls are cast into the fire to die, he still is asking for help to be sent to his brothers, who obviously are dead at this point,and probably there burning with him. I'm sure you see my dilemma, as I'm sure other people have the same problem understanding.
Up to this point so far, I have easily been able to find an answer to all of my hard questions. Now I'm digging through this one and having a hard time finding answers to.
PLEASE HELP ME!
Your brother in Christ
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