John Stone


The tale of the beggar and rich man told in Luke (16:22-29) is a just a bedtime story ― another Christian fairytale. It is a tale about conversations among dead people. Conveniently for the Christian bible there were no eye witnesses who came back from the dead to tell this tale. So what is the moral of this story?

First, let us consider how Luke learned this story; from where did he get the “quotes” which he relates as FACT straight from the mouth of Jesus? I only echo the Christian claim that the New Testament is a product of the holy ghost’s inspirational guidance of unknown gospel authors, written “who−knows–when.” However, we do know that Luke did not hear this story from Jesus, since he never met Jesus; never talked with him. Just about all that Luke wrote came from Paul, who also never met Jesus. Luke, like Paul, wrote whatever he wished; knowing, that at his time, no one could challenge him for the source, authority or validity.

So here is the story of the beggar and rich man:

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, (Greek Hades) where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.  And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ 

He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’“ (Luke 16:22-29 New International Version NIV)

An interesting note is found in the NIV Study Bible where theologians imply that this story is not a parable.

This is not the Lazarus Jesus raised from the dead (as only told in John 11:43-44)”…IF this is a parable, it is the ONLY one in which Jesus gave a name to one of the characters.” 

Therefore, one must conclude that Luke (16:22-29) thinks he is describing real events since Jesus, via Luke (whom he never met), gives us the beggar’s name ― Lazarus.

Continuing  the story, one realizes that Luke clearly conveys the standard Christian threat of Hell-fire and Damnation ― Fire and Brimstone. These are the weapons clergy use to keep their blind-faith subjects in line and the donations flowing. In other words, FEAR TACTICS!

After all is said and done, what is the moral of this story? Rich is bad! Poor is good? Yep!

What was the rich man’s problem which cast him into the Christian hell? According to Jesus via Luke, it was only because he “received good thingsin “his lifetime.” Good things equals “rich?” It must be so, because Luke gives no other pertinent information about him.

And the hero in the story, what qualified him for a heavenly condo ― only because he was a beggar? Yep!

Jesus, via Luke, gives the beggar a name while the unfortunate rich man remains unknown! So, we learn that being rich does not justify a name; remember the Christian lesson here; “Rich” is bad ― “Poor” is good. Again, Luke (who never met Jesus) is claiming that Jesus told this tale; that rich is bad and poor is good! That is Jesus’ inescapable message here in these scriptures (Luke  16:22-29).

Ah, but the Christian Bible has already tried this tactic twice before ― Rich is bad! Poor is good!

“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24)

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25)

And then, as if the message is not clear enough, Luke tell us again ― two chapters later:

“Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:25

So, what have the faithful bible believers learned from Jesus’ (Luke’s) story? What is the moral that Matthew, Mark and Luke have all conveyed from their holy ghost inspiration of Jesus’ teachings? Rich is bad! Poor is good! Right? Yep!

But is this true? Is “rich= bad ― Poor=good” what god, the "Invisible Man in the Sky" thinks? NO, not according to the Hebrew bible's god (Hashem, Adonai etc), El, Elohim, YHWH et al) !

Well then, what has god revealed in the Old Testament or Hebrew bible? Let’s read and learn.

Religiholics assumes that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will all be in a heavenly kingdom ― condo in the sky.  Were they poor?

Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.  (Genesis 13:2 KJ)

Abram wasn’t just wealthy he was “very wealthy.”

Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the L-RD blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.  He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.  (Genesis 26:12-14)

Concerning Jacob we learn:

 Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” (Genesis 31:1) 

Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.” (Genesis 31:16)

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
  (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)

Did the Jewish "Invisible Man in the Sky" forget what (s)he/it had disclosed in Old Testament/Hebrew bible? Torah Was Jewish "Invisible Man in the Sky" so double minded that (s)he/it would give people the ability to produce wealth and then say, because of it, that they cannot have a condo in the sky.

Maybe now this story in Luke will help you see that the so-called holy ghost inspired Christian bible is only fiction.

"Animals do not have gods, they are smarter than that." -Ronnie Snow


Citation of Hebrew scripture and sources in articles or analyses is not in any way an acceptance, approval or validation of the Jewish religion, its works or scriptures. The Hebrew bible, like the Christian New Testament and Muslim Qur’an, is fictitious. From a 6-day creation of the universe; a cunning, walking, talking snake; big fish tales; world flood and an "Invisible Man in the Sky" ― it is all fiction, a bold sham perpetrated on mankind.


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