Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday service
A Parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels. The parables of Jesus make up a crucial part of the Bible. Jesus had the wisdom to simplify the profound spiritual truths he needed to share with humanity in the form of relatable stories that are easy to understand. Thus, a parable is a tale about a simple, common subject to illustrate a deeper, valuable moral lesson. "What should we learn from the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16?" Answer: Luke 16:19-31 contains the account of a very rich man who lived a life of opulence. There is some question as to whether this story is a true, real-life account or a parable, since two of its characters are named (making it unique among parables). Parable or not, however, there is a much we can learn from this passage:
First of all, Jesus teaches here that heaven and hell are both real, literal places. Christ spoke about hell a great deal, as did Paul, Peter, John, Jude, and the writer of Hebrews.
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