In the story of Lazarus and the Rich Mann, is it a description of heaven and hell as it is going to be in the future after Christ has been sacrificed on the cross?
Is it a description of what the Jew at that time then understood to be Sheol/ Hades- Paradise/Bosom of Abraham which I thought was different and not the same as heaven and hell is after Christ’s death and resurrection?
I thought Sheol/ Hades & Paradise/Bosom of Abraham was kinda a waiting place before for the dead from the old testament before Christ’s sacrifice had occurred on the cross. Then I thought Christ went down and preached to the souls in Sheol/Hades before he was resurrected on the third day. OK I am getting myself thoroughly confused.
Can some one explain the different concepts in the old testament
ie: Sheol/ Hades, Paradise, Bosom of Abraham
as opposed to the concept of Hell and Heaven and being with the Lord in the new testament?
Oh Also I remember from my past studies (years ago) certain words Greek and Hebrew words were translated differently such as sometimes they were translated as hell then the same words might also be traslated as pit or grave.
I forgot how confusing this all was- I think I have been thinking too hard today? Help needed to get all unconfused (also my confusion could stem from 20 years of protestant teaching from at least 4 different protestant churches that all taught differently about this.
Now that I am becoming Catholic if there is the Catholic understanding maybe I could get unconfused.
Thanks in advance