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Sunday, 24 November 2013

More on Hell Today...

Recently, someone asked me whether Christ had said anything about hell. They had heard a priest in a nearby diocese state that there was no one in hell. This good Catholic man was also told that hell was merely the absence of God and not physical punishment.

I share the Lord's parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. Christ, being God, would have told us this story using the teachings of the prophets and patriarchs as a basis. But, as God, Christ made it clear that hell was full of torments. Would Christ create a story teaching an important lesson and include false details? I think not. What damage these liberal priests do....

Someone said to me this weekend, "Hell is scary. I do not want to hear about it."

Luke 16:19-31:Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

The Rich Man and Lazarus

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 lay a poor man named Laz′arus, full of sores,21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz′arus in his bosom. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz′arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz′arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.’”