Life After Death
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivest thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence – Luke 16:25:26
Jesus gave a parable about a beggar by the name of Lazarus, who was in need of food and was full of sores. Lazarus would sit at the gate of a rich man, desiring just to eat from the crumbs of the rich man’s table, but the rich man ignored his need. The beggar died and went into the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and in hell he lifted up his eyes and saw Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham. Because of the torment he was in, he inquired of Abraham to allow Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool his tongue because of the torment he was in. Abraham explained to the rich man how he lived in comfort when Lazarus was living in discomfort, now the table had been turned. Lazarus was comforted, while the rich man was in torment. The rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus to his father’s house to warn his brothers of the torment of hell. Abraham explained to him, the dead couldn’t go to the living, and the living couldn’t go to the dead.
The rich man didn’t want his brothers to feel the wrath of God, he wanted them to repent of their sins, and he thought if someone came from the dead to tell them to repent and the torment of hell that they would repent. Hell is a place of torment and separation from God. The spirit doesn’t die, but it is aware of everything that is happening to the individual. This is why God has left His instructions in how to avoid going to hell. Hell is real, and to avoid hell, we must repent and live according to the instructions of the Bible. Jesus told the disciples that those that went to hell the worms didn’t die and the fire wasn’t quenched (Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched – Mark 9:46).
This is why, we as Christians, must pray for the unbelievers that God will draw them. We have to cry out for their deliverance, for their salvation and sanctification. Just as God doesn’t want anyone to perish, we should be like our Father not wanting anyone to die and go to hell. Consistent prayer for unbelievers will eventually soften their hearts to hear the word of God, and to receive His salvation, prayer will change the hearts of the people.