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    Does the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16) demonstrate the moral depravity of Jesus’s philosophy?

    Fair, but I think we're drifting into metaphysics and the question of hell now, which is really a separate debate from the ethics of the parable itself.
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    Does the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16) demonstrate the moral depravity of Jesus’s philosophy?

    Regarding this, I'm not justifying the rich man's attitude or inaction, but if his behavior in the story is wrong, how much more so is God's in denying a man on fire a single drop of water? See my point?
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    Does the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16) demonstrate the moral depravity of Jesus’s philosophy?

    Yes, but I am not faulting Lazarus for moral shortcoming in the story. The situation (the "gulf") is one created and apparently endorsed by God/Christ.
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    Does the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16) demonstrate the moral depravity of Jesus’s philosophy?

    That is a common answer to questions of this type. You are, of course, under no obligation to accept my standard. I am unable to accept the line of reasoning that says "who are we to judge God?" for two reasons. One is that it feels to me like a bit of a hand wave that leaves important moral...
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    Does the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16) demonstrate the moral depravity of Jesus’s philosophy?

    My standard for assessing the story is the concept of proportional justice. Further, if the rich man in the story is condemned for his callous disregard of another man's suffering, then Abraham and/or God should be equally condemned for showing not only similar, but far more extreme, disregard...
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    Does the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16) demonstrate the moral depravity of Jesus’s philosophy?

    Disclaimer: I do not come from a Christian perspective, but was formerly of the faith and hold a degree in theology. My views are "spiritual but skeptical," and I am not an atheist. In Luke 16, Jesus tackles the issue of human greed, selfishness, and the callous disregard of the poor. These are...
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