THE ONLY WAY TO ESCAPE HELL
That’s from one of Jesus’ parables. The one about the Richman and Lazarus. There was a certain rich man, who, somehow, due to his opulence and pride, as well as his uncharitable life, he ended up with his being thrown in Hell as his afterlife punishment. Lazarus, on the other hand, due to his patience in spite of his ordeal, got to go to Heaven, which in Jesus’ words, meant the bosom of Abraham.
And in Hell, the Richman lifted up his eyes, being in torments, look at Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and asked for mercy, if not for him, for his family. If Abraham could send Lazarus to his family to testify to them, so that they could escape the torments of Hell. Then, Jesus, through Abraham’s mouth said: “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.”
The Richman insisted that if one went to them from the dead, they would repent. Then, Jesus, through Abraham, said, “If they don’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:19-31)
This prophectic parable has been fulfilled every day for about 2000 years. Christians believe that Jesus has been raised from the dead, but it seems to me, there is no way to persuade them to listen to Moses and the Prophets.
The expression “Moses and the Prophets” means the Law in one word. Christians prefer to listen to Paul and not to Moses. They either do not believe Jesus’ words or that Hell does not exist. It was just a parable anyway, what the heck? At least, they should believe the Prophets for a change. The only way to set things right with God, so that our sins become as white as snow is to repent from our transgressions to the Law and return to obey it. (Isa. 1:18,19) Jesus couldn’t have been more clear, that to listen to Moses is the only way to escape Hell.