|Luke 16:30-31 |
30 Then he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.'
31 But Abraham replied to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets,3 neither will they be convinced even though someone rose from the dead.'"
3 If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets. The Jews had the scriptures read to them frequently, yet they did not hear the clear warnings, particularly the warnings about not listening to the Voice of the Lord, (click to see many of these warnings). Ezekiel described their dullness of hearing precisely:
Indeed, to them you are like a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument,
for they hear your words but they do not do [obey] them. Eze 33:32
Similarly, Christians presume they are immune to all the Bible's stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; they also overlook that every man will be judged on his works and words. So today's Christians, listening to the words of the scriptures, also hear them like a beautiful song that is sweet to their ears, but they fail to apply the commands to themselves — always thinking the warnings and commands apply to bad people, not righteous believing people like themselves; so they do not obey the commands they hear, remaining slaves to sin; and so, like Lazarus in this parable, they are banned from heaven when they die.