Last Sunday we read uke 16,19-31 (Italian version, See English version below) about Hell. Jesus tells as I see it a parable about Hell in a rather funny way. This parable is easy to understand. But the thought came up in me, is there a Hell really?
Is Hell like a described it in my conclusion in a post from March 24?
This Luke 16 version is copied from www.catholic.org:
19 ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. 20 And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who longed to fill himself with what fell from the rich man’s table. Even dogs came and licked his sores.
This rich men probably never helped Lazarus.
22 Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s embrace. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 ‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his embrace.
24 So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity 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.”
This is a rather funny but very strong description.
25 Abraham said, “My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just as Lazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. 26 But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to prevent those who want to cross from our side to yours or from your side to ours.”
As Lazarus is not allowed to enter Hell the rich man said instead
27 “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28 since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too.” 29 Abraham said, “They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them.” 30 The rich man replied, “Ah no, father Abraham, but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.” 31 Then Abraham said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”
This part describes the known need of humans to see Miracles to convert. If dead could show up and talk with humans there would be people maybe changing behaviour. But the Prophets have spoken.
The message is clear. There is no way open back from life after death. We should use our ears and listen to the message given to us by the Prophets.
I still wonder, is there a Hell with barbecue of humans? I think it is rather a metaphore and a warning for people who can not abandon their behaviour or see no reason to do good in their lives.
I stick to my description of Hell like I described it in my conclusion in a post from March 24.
In our life on Earth, doing bad things, we open Hell in our next.
But but, we can never be sure.