The parable of the rich man and Lazarus is one of the most harrowing in the Bible, that is, if it hadn't been softened by spaghetti theology. It's a conversation with a man who's burning in hell.
Tehom was Wet. Sheol is Dry
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.
1988: The Year Donald Lost His Mind
1988 was a pivotal year in our life. We went from life in a small English seaside town to life in a sprawling metropolitan area with a University campus with a population larger than our home town.
The Things We See
We have a very flippant attitude towards the "scientific" basis of the Christian establishment. That's because it's a half-baked capitulation with popular science (SciPop). It's nothing personal.
The High Price of Epistemological Buffoonery
Despite the fact that popular science (SciPop) appears to have a compelling rationale for why hell isn't at the center of the Earth, it's very easy to demonstrate the weaknesses of this rationale.
Are You Lost?
This is a very sad state to be in. Literally soul-destroying. Here perdition is used to refer to people who hear the Word of God, and come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but they draw back.
Gnashing of Teeth
We're making the case that hell is at the center of the Earth, it's temporary, and eventually it will be disposed of in the furthest reaches of space referred to in the Bible as outer darkness.
This Place of Torment
We're at the end of our trail of deduction for today and the only conclusion which we can reach is that the rich man is in the molten core of the Earth, the pit. Abraham and Lazarus are in the lower mantle, the midst of hell.
A Great Gulf
We're at a great advantage over the spaghetti theologians because we've deduced how the passage from Luke resolves with a physical reality. We don't regard any part of this parable as being metaphorical or allegorical.
The Bosom of Abraham
The first thing we have to account for is Abraham's bosom. The meaning of this is simple, Lazarus was being consoled by Abraham: Abraham was giving Lazarus a hug. That's how simple it is.