Please be sincere and give your candid opinion and reasons of what you believe in
The case of Lazarus and the rich man in the bible was a parable and should not be taken literally.
The truth is that, as of now, no single person is in heaven or has been to heaven; except Jesus Christ.
(13) And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Neither is anybody in any "hell" being roasted forever.
All the dead are dead and are awaiting the day of resurrection which is the day of the Lord.
(20) But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
(51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
(5) The living are conscious that death will come to them, but the dead are not conscious of anything, and they no longer have a reward, because there is no memory of them.
(3) Let my voice come before you, and give me an answer, O Lord my God; let your light be shining on me, so that the sleep of death may not overtake me;
(16) And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.
There is no consciousness or knowlegde or awareness when one is dead. When one dies, they go into a continuous sleep until the day of resurrection.
So, Abraham,Moses,Lazarus, etc are all asleep and not in heaven and are also waiting for the day of resurrection
"Dante, I think, committed a crude blunder when, with a terror-inspiring ingenuity, he placed above the gateway of his hell the inscription "I too was created by eternal love"—at any rate, there would be more justification for placing above the gateway to the Christian Paradise and its "eternal bliss" the inscription "I too was created by eternal hate"—provided a truth may be placed above the gateway to a lie!" - Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
The concept of heaven and hell is very leaky, scary, and frankly very very very absurd. What is there to fear in hell? and what is there to gain in heaven that cannot be enjoyed here? Hell and heaven makes a mockery of this life, makes a mockery of the pains people go through everyday to give their offspring a better life. I can only summarize this with a short story from one of my all time favorite authors Robert Ingersoll,
SHARAP honorable Mod, didn't you see this list below.
The list of nairaland members that will go to hell.
12, Deep sight
17, Pastor AIO
20,Noetic ( for being a hypocrite)
Those on pending list for heaven
Those That will go to Heaven.