All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Parable or True Account?

There is a story told in Luke 16 about a poor man and a rich man that die. The story creates a bit of a dilemma for Bible scholars. Jesus taught many lessons by using stories that were intended to convey a deeper truth that wasn’t always apparent. These stories are called parables. Most of the time the text itself indicates that a story is a parable by saying things like “Jesus taught the multitudes using parables” or “the Kingdom of Heaven is like…”. The use of a simile in the conversation is a huge clue that what follows is a parable and not an actual recounting of events.

That brings me to Luke 16:19-31
19 "Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. 20 "And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.22 "Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.23 "And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.24 "And he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.'25 "But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.26'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, in order that those who wish to come over from here to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'27 "And he said, 'Then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my father's house - 28 for I have five brothers - that he may warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'29 "But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them,'30 "But he said, 'No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!"31 "But he said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.'"
There is no use of similes or other indicators that this is clearly a parable. The greater context of the passage is one of teaching, but there is nothing that explicitly states or clues the reader to this being a parable.

My question is: “Is this story a not necessarily factual illustration used for instructional purposes OR is it a true retelling of events that Jesus was aware of”?

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