What a Lost Man Discovers Five Minutes after Death
There was a Sunday school teacher who was waxing eloquent on the Rich man and Lazarus. He said the rich man lived in luxury and ignored his needy neighbors. He said the poor man lived in poverty and trusted in God. He said, now boys, which one had you rather be, the rich man or the poor man? One little boy spoke up and said, ''I want to be the rich man now and Lazarus when I die!'' I expext there are a lot of people who feel that way.
When I was in seminary a student asked Ray Frank Robbins ''Dr. Robbins, do you think the story of the rich man and Lazarus is a parable, or do you think it is the truth?'' Dr. Robbins pulled his glasses down on his chin and said, ''Do I have to hold a diachotomy?'' It may be a parable, but it is the truth. I believe Jesus had more in mind here than good and bad stewardship.
The rich man died. And what did he find out?
1.HE FOUND OUT THAT DEATH DOES NOT END IT ALL.
That will blow some of our politically correct folks mind when their ticker stops ticking and they are suddenly standing before God. We have many atheists and agnostics in our country and many more in the world. What a surprise they are going to have when they are called on to give an account of their lives.
I don't think we have yet realized what the loss of belief in hell does. Have you read your paper lately? There is a murder here and a murder there. There is a Jihad here and a Jihad there. There is a beheading here and a beheading there.
If there is no God anything goes. If there is no standard everyman does that which is right in his own eyes. But I will remind you today that there is ten times more said about hell than heaven in the Bible. Why is that? I think it is because Jesus knew that man was proned to go there.
If I were on a road 26 miles long, and that road had 236 warnings that a bridge was out, I think I would take a detour. There are 26 books in the New ...
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