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Hebrew word “sheol” is translated “grave” and “hell” 

I know many people who believe in a physical hell can try to prove it, by various passages in the Bible. Also people who do not believe in a physical hell have many passages in the Bible that support their teaching.
 

So, what can we believe?

Ok, where really the truth is? To find truth, we are going to examine both sides, with the light of the Bible. The purpose of this study is not to convince you with a lot of passages and knowledge. As a matter of fact, there would be too many references for both studies. Sometimes, truth can be found in one verse; or it can require comparing scripture with scripture. The way I'll do it, I am going to start with the physical hell teaching, and explain the spiritual and true meaning of hell.

Gen 2:16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Gen 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 


Those who support a physical hell say death always equals separation from God, body and soul, and not unconsciousness or nonexistence.

They consider the fall of Adam as an example: “Adam really did die the day that he sinned.”

But, Adam continued to live 930 years, and then he physically died. (Ge.5:5)

Adam died or separated from God, the same day he sinned. He died in his soul existence, which is called spiritual death (This will be clarified later). 930 years later, his body experienced the physical death and went into the sheol, grave or hell.

Adam was already a condemned person when he sinned. The same day he died, he begun also to experience hell. This is to say the definition of hell is not only when your physical body goes to the grave, but it also means suffering, pain, sorrows etc. In Another term, it has to do with a complete separation from God, soul and body.

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Gen 3:16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Gen 3:17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Gen 3:18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 
Read different views of many religions traditions concerning hell 


Only salvation from the Lord, found in verse 15, can redeem mankind from that spiritual and physical hell condition.

Psa 116:3  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: found trouble and sorrow.

Psa 116:4  Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

Elsewhere the Bible teaches more about death and life:

Rom 6:21  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.



LIFE VS DEATH

Did life and death exist before Adam sinned? In a sense, we can say yes. The Bible clarifies that by revealing how Jesus paid for sins before time begun:

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1Pe 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 

So, it is not strange at all to see God made the following statement, because of the existence of death before the fall of Adam:

Gen 2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 

Gen 2:9  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.



That tree that God put as a test was the knowledge of good and evil that changes the whole world. Soon after Adam ate of its fruits, he died with the whole creation. Now, the creation suffers like us; and it will be perished tomorrow, as the wicked people. Only those whose sins are forgiven by Christ will enter eternity:

Rom 8:17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 

Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 

Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 

Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 

Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption to wit, the redemption of our body.


It is true, according to Romams 5, verse 12, death entered the world after Adam sinned; but God in the following statement teaches us again that death existed before:

Gen 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 

That tree of good and evil was the source of death, when Satan pushed mankind to disobey God and ate of it. Gen.3 In the garden of Eden, “the tree of life” is as a representation of eternal life; and “the tree of good and evil”, as a representation of death. Now, it is good to study the natures or the characteristics of life and death, from the beginning of time.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 

Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 

The creation started with life as the Spirit of God over the waters, in a void and dark earth.Darkness upon the surface of the earth represents the valley of death that had no life in it. Life only existed in God! This is so true, from the 1st day to the 7th day, all things had been created, or became alive, by  God's command and His breath.  Ge.1. Nothing, from the first atom of the waters was existed and had sign of life and consciousness until God created it. God made the physical creation and creatures from the waters or the dry land. When God created man, he began to show sign of awareness, soon after God breathed in him. Before that, there was no sign of awareness. 

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 

This explains when we were not yet moved by the breath of life, we were in a state of darkness where there was no conscience existence and no life. This is a fact, and God reveals us this reality, so we can really make the true difference between death and life. Darkness, where our bodies came, does not only symbolize sin and evil, but also death. 

Job 17:13  If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness. 

Job 17:14  I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. 

Job 17:15  And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it? 

Job 17:16  They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust. 

Psa 143:3  For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. 

Job 10:21  Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; 

Job 10:22  A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness. When life came into Adam, it was a prefiguration of our Salvation by the breath of Jesus, our God and Savior who created us.

1Sa 2:9  He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. 

Psa 107:13  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. 

Psa 107:14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.God was right to ask his servant: Where was he when He was doing the creation? 

Job 38:4  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 

Job had no answer, because he had no conscience existence at that time. Later in the study, we will further develop the meaning of physical death. You may believe that death is something else, because of the way you understand some scriptures. God gives us a fact that nobody can deny: unconsciousness prior to physical life leads to unconsciousness after physical life, for the non believer. No matter how someone interprets some scriptures relative to physical death, this truth we learn from the Bible remains a fact!




Listen God's verdict to mankind soon after the fall: 

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

That means mankind had to return to his previous state before God animated him. Mankind was created in the image of God, in a sense that the Spirit of God brought life and consciousness to its unconscious body. You may probably say that nobody was there to witness the fact that the body was unconscious before God brought life into it. 

Well, today everybody is witnessing it by the reality of physical death. Soon after the spirit left the body, only a corpse that belongs to the dust remains. Does it show sign of life and awareness?   No! Why?  It is not only because of what God says in Genesis 3:19, also because of the statement of Genesis 3, verses 22 to 24: 

Gen 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 

Gen 3:23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Gen 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

You see they had no access to the tree of life or eternal life, which is a representation of Jesus Christ. So, there is no possibility for them to avoid the state of unconsciousness, unless they have life again.  And your next question may be: If Adam and Eve had no life in them; can you explain why they lived hundreds of years, after the fall? This particular life to which they did not have access was the reconciliation with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. We know, after the disobedience, man still have a spirit. But, the Bible calls it a dead spirit, because someday God will put an end to it. We cannot explain the mystery of God who created man as a spiritual being with a physical body. The only thing we know, the Bible says: 

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

Also in Isaiah 42: 5 we read: 

Isa 42:5  Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

The fact is when God created mankind, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. At that time, mankind had the life of Christ through his relationship with God. When judgment came in Eden, with the sword of God, the Spirit of eternal life left, and mankind stayed with only the breath of life.

It is very important to know that the breath of life is also called spirit. So, it is not strange at all to see mankind continue to live with a spirit. God calls man a dead person, since His breath of life is not going to stay forever with him. That was exactly the judgment that God pronounced over mankind before destroying them, in the flood of Noah:

Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 

Gen 6:4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually

Gen 6:6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 

Gen 6:7  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 

Gen 6:8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

So, we see clearly how the message of God (sword with two edges) brought judgment, and later salvation. 


Elsewhere, the Bible says: 

Eze 18:20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 

Now, I hope it is not too complicated to understand why man still has a spirit, after the sin of Eden. That spirit does not belong to him; it belongs to God, unless somebody is reconciled with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Now Christ, as eternal life, abides in that person eternally.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

Joh 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 

Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 

Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Eze 36:25  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 

Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.



When somebody is not born again, his life is finite. There is no possibility of conscious eternity, after death. That teaching cannot be proven in the creation of God. It is a subjective idea that people believe, because of the symbolic story of Lazarus and the rich man, the expression "a torment day and night" in a physical fire and so on. Those bible scholars approach that study too literally, and that's where they lost the truth. Again, our goal is not to convince anybody. As we are delighted in the truth, we have the intense desire to share it with you. To continue, we are going to read the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 9, verses 3-10, and compare them with the story of Lazarus, in Luke 16:19-31. Both are talking about the circumstance of death:

Ecc 9:3  This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 

Ecc 9:4  For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 

Ecc 9:5  For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 

Ecc 9:6  Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. 

Ecc 9:7  Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. 

Ecc 9:8  Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. 

Ecc 9:9  Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.  

Ecc 9:10  Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. 

Did you carefully read what happen, after a physical death, of anyone who is not a new creature in Christ? In the grave or hell, there are no thoughts, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, nor love, because a dead person does know nothing. There is nothing alive in the body! It is possible that I made a mistake; the conscious part in hell may be the spirit of the person.  If it is so, we are going to see what happens with the whole personality when he experiences physical death: 

Ecc 12:1  Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 

Ecc 12:2  While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 

Ecc 12:3  In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 

Ecc 12:4  And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 

Ecc 12:5  Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fear shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 

Ecc 12:6  Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 

Ecc 12:8  Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. Verse 7 brings back exactly what happened when God created mankind: 

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

So, where can we see the spirit of mankind that somehow conscious in an eternal torment? There is only a confusing way to see it: When you understand parabolic language, in Luke 16 and others, as reality. 

Luk 16:19  There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 

Luk 16:20  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 

Luk 16:21  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 

Luk 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; 

Luk 16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 

Luk 16:24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Luk 16:25  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: 

but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass 

from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Luk 16:27  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

Luk 16:28  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Luk 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

Luk 16:30  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

Luk 16:31  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.



Wisely, we are going to examine some verses: 

In verse 22, I can see angles carried Lazarus to Abraham’s bosom; but for the rich man, he was buried. If the word bury is defined as placing a body in a tomb, or covered it with earth, how can people do that to a spirit? This is only possible with a corpse, unless the spirit follows the corpse and stays there with it. 

Unfortunately, there is no evidence of scripture that supports something like that. Verse 23 does not seem to be reasonable. It is probably how the spiritual world operates: how a spirit under the ground was able to see what happened in the sky? I say so, because Abraham’s bosom cannot be under the ground. I know that, because of this sentence: “he lifts up his eyes”. 

Listen what happened between the rich man and Father Abraham: 

Luk 16:24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 

In verse 24, He cried and begged God for mercy. That means he repented. He asked God to send Lazarus to take some water with his finger and water his tongue, while he was in the flame. Where the water was? The water could not have been in Abraham’s bosom, because he firstly said “Send”. If you examine it well, you’ll realize that the water was down near the rich man. 

In verse 25, it shows that the rich man can remember what happened when he was alive. 

In verses 27 & 30, the rich man expressed his love and compassion for his family. My question is: why there should be an eternal hell, if at some degree in hell, mankind would repent. What will you do with Ecclesiastes 9 and 12 that clearly explain the characteristics of physical death? Listen, since you do not see where it is mentioned the story is a parable, you take it as a true story? 

There is another parable, and listen what God says to man, in verse 20: 

Luk 12:16  And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 

Luk 12:17  And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 

Luk 12:18  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 

Luk 12:19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 

Luk 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 

Luk 12:21  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

“Your soul shall be required” signifies that God will retake it from you. Again, as Ecclesiastes 12:7 says: The spirit returns unto God who gave it. It does not go under the ground, in the grave, or in hell. It does not belong to this place.When you understand that, you would understand Luke 16 and many various passages that seem to teach a physical hell. 

As a matter of fact, in verses 27 to 31 of the parable of Luke 16, the rich man made a predictive request: He asked God to send Lazarus, who knows very well the truth concerning Abraham’s bosom and the reality of spiritual hell, on earth to share the good gospel of salvation to his family. By saying that, he wanted them to avoid hell. Amazingly, Jesus who knows everything concerning Abraham’s bosom as well as spiritual hell was resurrected and shared the gospel to the whole world through Moses and the prophets, but many still do not believe. That’s really a good parallel of what Jesus said to the rich man: 

Luk 16:31  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. 

The majority of the whole world does not believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, who died and resurrected from death. He came from the dead people to give eternal life to anyone who believes in Him, and destroys those who do not believe. Do you see how harmonious the Bible is, when we arrive to truth?

UNFORTUNATELY, MANY POEPLE IN THE LOCAL CHURCH OR RELIGION WILL STILL BELIEVE IN A PHYSICAL LAKE OF FIRE
THIS HAPPENS WHEN GOD DOES NOT OPEN SOMEONE'S EYES, OR EVEN A TRUE BELIEVER'S EYES, IN THE PARABLES OF THE BIBLE

Another proof about someone who was dead, and was resurrected from the dead people was Lazarus. This story is found in John 11: 1-45. In this story, listen to Jesus' answer to Marta before raising Lazarus: 

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? That’s right! The true believer never died in his soul even when he died physically. 

2 Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of the tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 

2Co 5:2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 

2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 

2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

2Co 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

2Co 5:6  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

2Co 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

2Pe 1:13  Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

2Pe 1:14  Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

The Bible reveals nothing concerning the testimony of Lazarus from death. Though nobody knows when he was spiritually born again, but his physical resurrection was a picture of his salvation. We do not know either, what was the experience of Lazarus when he dies: Did he experience something, or was he unconscious during those four days? We know a great crowd from various places came to see Lazarus. I presume that many people came not only to see him, but they were probably curious to know if Lazarus brought some special experience from death:

Joh 12:9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

What was the story of Lazarus to them? We do not know. Indeed, the Bible does not make any comment on that. The conclusion we can make, the resurrection of Lazarus was again a great parallel of what the rich man asked Abraham, the Father. Nevertheless, was everybody convinced of salvation? Not at all, instead the chief priests and the Pharisees rather sought to kill Lazarus:

Joh 12:10  But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

Joh 12:11  Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

We thank God for these beautiful revelations He shows us, in that parable of Lazarus and the rich man.


What do we have to do to go to heaven? According to the Bible, the power to become a citizen of heaven is not in our hand. It is God's business. Nevertheless, Religion tells you what to do to avoid torment in eternal hell.

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