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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.

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Does it allow us to understand that Spiritism is correct? Your suffering in this life will define what will happen to your soul?

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I'm just curious to understand if there is a relation with your current wealth/poor life and the life after death. This text, in my opinion, is in accordance with the Spiritism, roughly speaking, the way you live your current life will dictate what happens in the next one.

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Welcome back! just a quick question, is there a particular perspective you want wrt this question? You're asking a question to which the answer is quite literally "it depends on who you ask." Is it possible to further refine this to a specific subset of Christianity? –  wax eagle Mar 15 '13 at 2:03
    
Yes, this should ask for a certain perspective. I want to answer from my perspective, but is that really what you want? –  fredsbend Mar 15 '13 at 6:07
    
@fredsbend yes =) –  Gerep Mar 16 '13 at 17:04
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The believe in the existence of Spirit is accepted by many, theist and atheist alike. The Bible also has many verses related to spirits. In spite of all kinds of theories, like the one you mentioned, I will stick to Biblical teaching only.

According to New Testament, the destination/fate of the soul lies solely on the Faith of that person, not his deeds, of course, Faith should be incorporated with deeds. The rich or poor status of the person also does not define the progression of the Spirit as mentioned in the Fundamental Principles of Spiritism.

John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

There is no concept of Progression or Rebirth of spirit in the Bible.

Hebrews 9:27 (NIV) Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment

In the parablea of The Rich Man and Lazarus, there are things we should know.

  1. Being rich does not make you a sinner. But worldly wealth will steal your heart away from God.

    Mark 4:19 (NIV) but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

  2. Being poor does not make you a Saint either. Lazarus did not go to Heaven just because he was poor. The poor man Lazarus listened to the words of the prophets but the rich man did not.

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

Therefore, your suffering in this life will not define what will happen to your soul, but, your faith in God will decide.


a whether this is a parable or real incident is not the scope of this answer

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