Heaven Is Real And So Is Hell

One day, Jesus was teaching and He shared the following story:

There were two men who lived near each other. One was rich and one was poor. The poor man’s name is recorded. His name was Lazarus and Lazarus was laid by the gate of the rich man. 

Before moving forward with the rest of this story, it’s been noted that when Christ told parables (stories) they didn’t include people’s names. They were used for illustrative; informative purposes. However, this is a story where Christ shared a name which gives us a IRL, this happened.

Lazarus’ body was covered in sores and the dogs would come by and lick his wounds. The poor man begged for scraps from the rich man’s table.

As time went on, they both died.

Lazarus, the beggar, was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man, when he died, went to hell.

When he was in hell, he was tormented by the flames. It was not good. And Jesus said that the rich man looked up and he could see across into eternal life. He saw Lazarus. And the rich man called out to Abraham asking if he would allow Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool his tongue because he’s tormented in the flames.

Abraham tells him that Lazarus did what was good during his time on earth and he, the rich man, did not.

Abraham also lets him know that his request couldn’t happen because there is a great gulf that divides Abraham’s bosom and hell. We therefore understand that there is a gulf between heaven and hell and those within either place cannot cross to the other place.

So the rich man asks if he could go back and warn his brothers so that they don’t come or end up where he is.

Abraham tells him that they have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.

And the rich man is like, nah that’s not going to work. But if someone came back from the dead.

And Abraham says something that’s very important to remember: Abraham says that if they don’t hear Moses and the prophets, they will not believe someone’s report back from the dead.

To be clear, Moses and the prophets are the people who believe in God. Moses and the prophets are also written about in the Word of God; the Bible.

To learn more, check out John 3:11-12 and Luke 16:31