Rich Man in Hell

 

In having been an observer of mankind now for many years, what strikes me the most, about those, who have refused to accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior, is their increasing hardness of heart, as the years of their lives  go by. I believe the parable of the rich man in hell represents the end point of this evil process, which is the complete hardening of the human heart. I believe the rich man in hell was so hard hearted that he displayed no concern what so ever for the possibility of his brothers going to hell. Instead, I believe he was simply seething with a depraved mindset of manipulation and control,  as he looked upon Lazarus resting in Abraham's bosom. He was looking upon Lazarus with that perfect hate, anger and envy, which is, and will be the dominating nature of all those, who are completely removed from Godís love in hell.  

Here is the proof for what I am saying. Notice, His first request, after asking Abraham for mercy. (a display of false humility to entice Abrahamís compliance with his wishes) His first request was not made out of concern for his brothers, but for himself. This request involved the involuntary servitude of Lazarus, whom he had always despised, and whom he still despised even more now. This is evidenced, by the fact, that his first request would have required Lazarus to enter hell, with him, to bring water. It was only after Abraham did not grant his request, that he feigned concern for his brothers, as a way of inflicting, if not the pain of hell, then all the pain of becoming a beggar again, because his second request would have again required the involuntarily actions of Lazarus, returning to the same fallen environment of earth, which he had now been set free from, in order to contact the brothers.

 

Wayne Wade

 

Luke 16

"There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
"But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,
"desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
"So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
"And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
"Then 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.'
"But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'
"Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house,
'for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'
"Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
"And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
"But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' "