Luke 16:19 - 31
ESV - 19 There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores.
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Luke 16:19-31 has been the focus of much controversy. Some take the story of the rich man and Lazarus to be a true, historical account of events that actually occurred; others consider it a parable...
The context of the story remains very clear, even if we do not believe it in its literal sense, that after this life on earth there is no second chance given to us to fix anything which is already done. This means there is no repetence after we cross over from here.
I am a lay person and new to eBible. I am a Ruling Elder in my church and a student of the Bible. Luke was a physician as am I. He was an expositor of great diligence as though he was an investigative reporter. If he made distinctions of proverbs from factual accounts in other parts of his (God's) Gospel book, it may be right to consider the potential that he knew the reliable reports of Jesus telling this story but none of his sources could offer a distinction. What does a good reporter do with information that he cannot corroborate? He leaves it out and leaves the reader to conclude for him/herself. The most striking part of this story/parable to me is the reality that Jesus revealed to us that those bound for eternal separation would not believe the truth even if "Moses AND the Prophets" (emphasis mine) would warn his family, it would make no difference. Jesus extended this to God's physical visible and audible warnings, in His incarnate form, since He shared the story with us all.
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