What choices do you think led to each man’s own eternal destiny?
Do you see anyone in your world making the same kinds of choices?
This is not a parable.
This is an actual true story: A literal testimony of Jesus. Jesus’ (Yeshua) own personal Testimony about a man suffering in the midst of Hell. It is an example, of the thoughts the man was having, and the reality he was facing due to his own personal life choices, and where those choices led him.
It doesn’t need any commentary. The story itself is straight forward, and if taken seriously, quite alarming.
It should be a sobering testimony to everyone who has an ear to hear and eyes to see.
It will be in the near future even more alarming to those who have neither.
Luke 16:19 – 17:2 (KJV)
19 There was a certain [aka real] rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously [feasted heavily] every day: 20 And there was a certain [aka real] beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 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. 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; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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. 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. 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. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 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.
17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will [not] come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
Do you know anyone that this might describe?
“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”
In other words, any teacher, any peer, any parent or relative, any sports figure or celebrity, any government official, any thoughts philosopher or educator of any kind that would turn a child away from his inheritance in God, in the way to God through Jesus Christ his son, it would be better for that man has he never been born, it would be better for him to have hung himself, it would be better for him to have cut off his hand, plucked out his eye, or chopped off his foot, than to have caused or influenced an innocent child in anyway to turn away from God.
It doesn’t get much more serious than that.
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