Archie brought up a good point yesterday in the thread about the location of heaven and hell. It is one of the great parables of the Bible and teaches many lessons. How many of you think this is a story that really happened? Also, in the parable, there is a gap, between Paradise and Hades that cannot be crossed. This is one of the great principles that goes along with Hebrews 9:27, it is appointed for man once to die, then the judgment. Is the gap a real place, or does it just represent the fact that after death, there are no second chances, no parole, no hope without Jesus Christ as one's Savior at the point of death. Of course, in this parable, this is the gap between the two temporary abodes. In eternity, Hades turns into the Lake of Fire and Paradise is heaven. No doubt the gap is just as fixed. Sometimes I think when we think about how terrible hell is, we focus too much on the fire, brimstone, darkness, and other miserable conditions. While these are very real, the real tragedy of hell and the Lake of Fire is a place without any love, fellowship, or hope of the Lord.