A Modern Day Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus: Luke 16:19-31
What is there left for me to do? I have lost all. I didn't believe. And now, I find myself in the flames...a hell I refused to believe in.
I cannot believe where I am. Certainly this Jesus will not leave me here forever. I remember, people telling me about His love.
This is love. Flames...Paaain! Darkness.
This is love. I know. My parents never told me. My friends never thought any different than me. We were all on the same page. There was comfort in our numbers.
But now...I'm alone. No numbers. No conversation with others. Certainly this cannot be forever. Does anyone know how long forever is?
God, if you are love...let me die. This fire is more than one can endure. Pleaaaze, let me die!
I cry this often. Maybe He'll hear me and take pity on me. Oh, how could I have relied on my own thoughts? How come I overlooked the truth. I spent my time chasing sin. I lived for the women. All those women. I lived for money. Fast cars. I had all of this. People envied me.
If they only knew where I am now. If I could warn them. Maybe they would believe me and find this Jesus. Horrors...my children! My sons! Oh, if I could only talk to them. I should have, but I didn't want to believe those Christians. I thought I had to give everything up. I was rich. But...but what good is my money now. Oh...my sons...my wife! She doesn't know either.
All my life I had hope. I always felt tomorrow would be better. I was an optimist. I believed in my own abilities. I built a multi-million dollar business from nothing. People admired me.
But now...now...unless this Jesus lets me out of here...oh...thirsty...any water? Look...squint...the darkness...feel around...there has to be something to quench this thirst.
Oh, why didn't I accept Jesus? Why didn't I believe? Jesus...I believe! I believe! Anything to get out of here....Do you know how long eternity is? Did Jesus really mean eternity, when He sentenced me to this hell?
The pain...torture....oh, eternity.....no hope! This is it, forever. Sleep..Sleep. If I could just get some sleep! Where are you God? How can you do this to me? I was a good guy...in my eyes. I worked hard. Paid my taxes. And I only had one or two or three affairs. Who's counting? I loved my wife...honestly, the affairs didn't mean anything. And I gave to charities. Always gave to various associations to help their causes. God, this is not fair. This is not just. This is an injustice. God look at how many people admired me. Me! Do you hear me God? Can you hear me? I'm talking to you.
Eternity...It's forever. There is no pardon. No hope. Only suffering, pain. A place without grace and mercy. Did I tell you no hope? Nothing! Nothing! Nothing.....
Find Jesus before it's too late....It's too late for me! However, if you can read this...It's not too late for you.Examine your hearts. Make sure you are of the faith.
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