JUST AS MOST CHRISTIANS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE STORY OF LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN, as taught by Jesus in Luke 16, neither do they understand about the Jews, this is a direct result of the erroneous teachings of our Christian “Ministers.” Therefore, we are going to deal in detail herein with the story [parable] of “The Rich Man and Lazarus,” as it was taught by Jesus and as recorded in Luke chapter 16 in the King James Bible.
Most Christians have read a tract or heard a sermon in which this story is used. Almost invariably the speaker or author will say, “The rich man was being tortured in the fires of hell and Lazarus was in heaven.” They then insist this story “proves” their doctrine that “after death most human beings will spend the eternal ages screaming and crying in great heat and fire.” Ignoring God’s statement to the contrary: “They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire–-which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind.” (Jeremiah 19:5)
At the present time thousands of tracts and books are in circulation in Christendom which repeat the general claim that this story told by Jesus to His disciples is simply about “the bliss of heaven and the torment of hell.”
Now, lets read the story from Luke 16. As we read, please note, there are people, animals and objects in the story other than the rich man and Lazarus. These are very seldom mention by our “Ministers” and are even more seldom explained.