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The Rich Man And Lazarus Essay

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The heat surrounding a man intensifies. The suffering blazes throughout this dimension. He longs for a way to cool his tongue of the scorching burns as he looks up to what would be paradise. He is not allowed though, as he has already received his reward on Earth. Sound familiar? The world today is blind from helping others. People care about riches and material possessions rather than helping others. This form of sin is known as idolatry. The story above relates to the parable of “The Rich Man and Lazarus”. Jesus’ parable of “The Rich Man and Lazarus” teaches us the result of having too many riches, and the consequences for not helping others.
First off, if you are not one of the thousands of people who have already read this parable, I will give you a brief synopsis. Let us start with the two main characters. There is a rich man (not named) and a poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus is on the ground with sores and injuries. Since he is poor, he begs for food and comfort. Beside him is the rich man. He is dressed in fine, purple linen, but pays not even the slightest attention to Lazarus. The rich man enjoyed all his festivities while Lazarus longed to satisfy his hunger. Eventually, Lazarus died. Lazarus was carried by angels and reunited with Abraham, where he then entered heaven. Then the rich man also died and was buried. He was taken to a place far worse than life was for Lazarus on Earth. Eternal torment and suffering awaited him. While in hell, the once – rich man looked up and saw Lazarus with Abraham. The rich man then said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” (Luke 16:24). Abraham denies his request as the rich man had already received his reward on Earth, and Lazarus had not. Then the rich man wants Abraham to send Lazarus to his father’s house to warn his brothers about hell. Yet again, Abraham denies this...

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