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Some have viewed it not as a parable, but as a true story Yeshua told to give details about the punishment of sinners in hell.
Yet a thorough, unbiased examination of this story will show that the generally accepted interpretations of this passage of Scripture are erroneous and misleading. In this article, we will go through the parable verse by verse to determine what the Messiah was truly teaching.
Those who insist that this is not a parable but a true, literal story Yeshua told to describe the condition of the lost in hell must overlook several facts to arrive at that conclusion.
First, Yeshua the Messiah never accuses the rich man of any sin. He is simply portrayed as a wealthy man who lived the good life.
Furthermore, Lazarus is never proclaimed to be a righteous man. He is just one who had the misfortune to be poor and unable to care for himself.
If this story is literal, then the logical implication is that all the rich are destined to burn in hell, while all the homeless and destitute will be saved. Does anyone believe this to be the case? If hell is truly as it is pictured in this story, then the saved will be able to view the lost who are burning there.
Could anyone enjoy eternal existence if they were able to see lost friends, family, and acquaintances being incinerated in hell, yet never burning up? Additionally, if hell as it is traditionally taught is an abyss of fire and brimstone where sinners are tormented forever, does anyone really believe that one drop of water would relieve the pain and anguish of someone suffering in its flames?
These are just some of the difficulties we encounter when we try to make the account of Lazarus and the rich man literal, instead of realizing that it is a PARABLE. If it is a true story, then all of the things Yeshua said must be factual.
If all the points of the story are not literal, then we must view this tale as an analogy Yeshua used to teach larger spiritual truths. Many think that the Messiah spoke in parables to make the meaning clearer for the uneducated people he was teaching.
Reflecting this belief, an appendix to the NKJV says that "Jesus' reputation as a great teacher spread far and wide. He taught in parables, simple stories, that made His lessons clear to all who were ready to learn" p. Yet the Messiah said his purpose for speaking to the people in parables was exactly the opposite of the explanation cited above: Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.
He only intended for his disciples to understand what the parables truly meant. It is no wonder, then, that so many have misunderstood what Yeshua was teaching with the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Let's start by getting some background information on the situation in which Yeshua told this parable.
Luke tells us that all the tax collectors and sinners were coming to the Messiah to hear what he had to say Luke This made the Pharisees and scribes jealous and they complained, vehemently criticizing Yeshua for receiving sinners and eating with them Luke Jango is about making online music social, fun and simple.
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