Doubting Belief!


NAU Luke 16:27 “And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house– 28 for I have five brothers– in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 “But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’

NAU Luke 16:31 “But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'”

Parables are fictitious stories from which a moral or spiritual truth can be drawn. In the hands of our Lord, they are stories with a veiled meaning – a meaning that our Lord would always explain to those who were truly interested in hearing.

The emphasis made in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is to believe God’s Word rather than doubt it. Note verse 31. The solution to man’s indifference to the things of God is NOT sending more messengers but believing the already existing message. If men will not believe the same message sent by several different messengers, then no amount of messengers over a period of time will change their minds.

In this parable the response of Jesus in verse 31 implies that a lack of belief to existing revelation from God is really doubt as to whether it is true. In the parable, Jesus removes the idea that such doubt can be eliminated with more revelation by pointing out that existing revelation is sufficient to honestly deal with any challenge we face. In other words, believing and acting on God’s Word diminishes doubt!


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