Hell is Expanding into the Great Gulf

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

(Luke 16:23) KJV

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus is one of the most harrowing in the Bible, that is, if it hadn’t been softened by spaghetti theology. It’s a conversation with a man who’s burning in hell.

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Tehom was Wet. Sheol is Dry

Cutaway of planet Earth showing the relative depth of Noah's flood

and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.

And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’

(Luke 16:23, 26) English Standard Version

The space in the interior of the Earth formerly occupied by the great deep is now a great gulf (chasm) of open space that Jesus spoke of in Luke 16:26. The open space is no longer referred to as tehom, it’s now sheol.

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1988: The Year Donald Lost His Mind

Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.

(Luke 15:13) ESV

1988 was a pivotal year in our life. We went from life in a small English seaside town to life in a sprawling metropolitan area with a University campus with a population larger than our home town.

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The Things We See

Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.

(Luke 10:23-24) NKJV

We have a very flippant attitude towards the “scientific” basis of the Christian establishment. That’s because it’s a half-baked capitulation with popular science (SciPop). It’s nothing personal.

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The High Price of Epistemological Buffoonery

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

(Luke 16:23) KJV

Threatening people with hell isn’t an effective communication technique. You’ll be dismissed as a kook. The problem is, despite the fact that popular science (SciPop) appears to have a compelling rationale for why hell isn’t at the center of the Earth, it’s very easy to demonstrate the weaknesses of this rationale.

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Are You Lost?

But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

(Hebrews 10:39) NKJV

This is a very sad state to be in. Literally soul-destroying. Here perdition is used to refer to people who hear the Word of God, and come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but they draw back. They quench the Holy Spirit and deny Jesus as savior.

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This Place of Torment

“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

(Luke 16:27-30) NKJV

We’ve reached the end of our trail of deduction for today, and the only conclusion which we can reach is that the rich man is in the molten core of the Earth, the pit. Abraham and Lazarus are in the lower mantle, the midst of hell.

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A Great Gulf

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 16:25-26) NKJV

We’re at a great advantage over the spaghetti theologians because we’ve deduced how the passage from Luke resolves with a physical reality. We don’t regard any part of this parable as being metaphorical or allegorical.

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