and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’(Luke 16:23, 26) English Standard Version
The space in the interior of the Earth formerly occupied by the great deep is now a great gulf (chasm) of open space that Jesus spoke of in Luke 16:26. The open space is no longer referred to as tehom, it’s now sheol.
By a totally staggering coincidence, this is the structure of the interior of the Earth that we can deduce from seismological data. There can be open space inside the Earth because the current technique of using gravitational methods to make the case that there isn’t any is dependent on a flawed understanding of the origin and nature of gravity.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
I went down to the very roots of the mountains,(Jonah 2:6) Good News Translation
into the land whose gates lock shut forever.
But you, O Lord my God,
brought me back from the depths alive.
Jonah describes a place in the lower mantle, overlooking the molten core of the Earth and the pillars of the Earth, which we’re euphemistically calling Abraham’s Bosom. In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gave us the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Lazarus is said to have been in Abraham’s bosom. That simply means that Abraham was giving Lazarus a hug.
Most theologians will tell you that Lazarus and Abraham are in heaven, and that’s how some English translations render the passage. In this scenario the great gulf refers the impassable void between heaven and Earth, and hell is spiritual separation from God. Typical fluff. However, Lazarus and Abraham can’t be in heaven because this takes place before the crucifixion. The sacrifice hasn’t been made which pays the propitiation for our redemption – yet. Lazarus and Abraham are with the Old Testament saints in sheol, the belly of hell, waiting for the coming of the messiah.
Theologians have such a hard time with this passage that they’ve invented a place called Abraham’s Bosom or the Bosom of Abraham which is allegorical, the problem is that they don’t know what it’s an allegory for. It doesn’t matter, we’ve deduced the existence of a physical location in the lower mantle, and we can use it to refer to that.
Jesus went here after the crucifixion and preached to the spirits in prison. He gathered up the souls of the saints and took them to heaven.
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