Thank you socci. Steve Wohlberg is a favourite pastor of mine. He has a television ministry which goes worldwide.<quoted text>
Steve Wohlberg explains about as good as any..
Jesus often told “parables” or stories that were symbolic of deeper truths. Although parables contain many practical lessons, not every item should be taken literally. Is this story a parable? We believe so.
Here are 7 reasons why:
1. Jesus often began His parables with the phrase, "a certain…" this or that. If you look up these verses in Luke’s gospel, you will discover that they are all parables. Thus it’s logical to assume the Rich Man and Lazarus story is also a parable.
2. A man cannot physically enter into "the bosom" or chest of another person as Christ described.
3. Can someone literally burning in flames carry on a normal conversation?
4. Can those in heaven and hell talk to each other?
5. Jesus represented the rich man as being bodily in hell, with eyes, a mouth, a tongue, etc. This is obviously symbolic. If you were to dig up a real rich man's grave, wouldn't his body be there? Of course!
6. A real burning man would not request a little water to cool his tongue alone. What about the rest of his body?
7. Consciousness at death contradicts the rest of the Bible.
I just wish people would watch his videos so they can understand the truth.
I tire of insults such as I bet you call yourself a Christian and I am blaspheming when I say Jesus was not in Heaven on Good Friday.
Father forgive their unbelief.