So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’(Luke 16:22-26) NKJV
In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gave us the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Lazarus is said to have been in Abraham’s bosom. That simply means that Abraham was giving Lazarus a hug, comforting him.
The broad consensus of theologians is that Abraham’s Bosom or the Bosom of Abraham is allegorical, the problem is that they don’t know what it’s an allegory for. Most of them will tell you that Lazarus and Abraham are in heaven (which is also allegorical), the great gulf refers the impassable void between heaven and Earth, and hell is spiritual separation from God. Typical fluff. However, Lazarus and Abraham can’t be in heaven (which is an actual place) because this takes place before the crucifixion. The sacrifice hasn’t been made yet that pays the propitiation for our redemption.
It doesn’t matter, we’ve (that’s me and the Holy Spirit) deduced the existence of a physical location in the lower mantle and we use it to refer to that. Jonah visited this place, a chamber in the lower mantle which overlooks the molten core of the Earth, and describes what we euphemistically call Abraham’s Bosom.
Lazarus and Abraham are with the Old Testament saints in sheol, the belly of hell, waiting for the coming of the messiah. Jesus went here after the crucifixion and preached to the spirits in prison. He gathered up the souls of the saints and took them to heaven.
We found some commercial art which is surprisingly similar to our own image of the interior of the Earth that show’s the location of Abraham’s Bosom. It’s located in seismological data by the Lehmann discontinuity.
There is precedent to use the phrase Abraham’s bosom to refer to a physical location. It’s part of the meaning of the word translated as bosom. It can refer to a bay or gulf in a coastline, which is similar to the idea presented by a chamber in the lower mantle which overlooks the great gulf and hell below.
Bosom: κόλπον – kolpos
- the bosom
- sing. and plur: bosom;
- (sinus) the overhanging fold of the garment used as a pocket,
- properly, the upper part of the chest where a garment naturally folded to form a “pocket” – called the “bosom,”
- the position synonymous with intimacy (union),
- a bay, gulf
- a bay of the sea, gulf, creek.
- sing. and plur: bosom;