The debate over hell still rages. One unscientific poll finds 84% of Christians say they believe in heaven but only 42% believe in hell. Yet nobody can ignore the story Jesus told in Luke Chapter 16. He said a rich man lived in luxury every day. At his gate, poor Lazarus lay, covered with sores, longing for the rich man’s scraps. Finally, Lazarus died and the angels took him to be with Abraham. The rich man also died; he went to the place of the dead. There in agony, he saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. He cried, “Father Abraham, have pity! Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.” Abraham said, “Son, remember, during your lifetime you had all you wanted; Lazarus had nothing. Now he is comforted, and you are in anguish.” The rich man said, “Please Father Abraham, send him to my father’s home. I have five brothers; he can warn them so they don’t end up here.” Abraham said, “They have Moses and the prophets—the Scriptures; they can read what they wrote.” He replied, “No, Father! If someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent of their sins and turn to God.” Abraham said, “If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.” Jesus was quite sure about hell. Polls are interesting, but Jesus has the last word. Faith in Him enables us to miss hell and gain heaven.
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