A parable? Is that the straw you think cancels all the other texts?873
Lu 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
See "carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom". Where is Abraham??? In Heaven where else????
Lu 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Where is this guy??? See "in hell".
Are you looking forward to living in Abraham's bosom?
Howe can you take vague texts like a parable to over rule the texts below?
Psalms 13:3 "lest I sleep the SLEEP of death"
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 "them that are ASLEEP"
Dan 12:2 "them that SLEEP in the dust"
1 Colossians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many SLEEP.
KJV. 1 Thessalonians 4:
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are ASLEEP, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which SLEEP in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are ASLEEP ...
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
And many of them that SLEEP in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.(Dan. 12:2).
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.(John 5:29).
When Jesus returns, He comes to resurrect those who SLEEP in the dust as well as those who are alive.
Psalms 13:3 "... lest I sleep the sleep of death"
1 Thess. 4:13-18 "them that are asleep"
Dan 12:2 "them that sleep in the dust"
It seems plain to me that when we die we sleep until the resurrection day.
You disagree with thes plian texts?
Abraham's bosom appeals to you more?