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The problems with the Parable of Lazarus. Is it for real, or is it just a parable? Depends what Christian sect you belong to.
 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Initial apparent problems if taken as literal
- there is a hell prior to judgment day
- poor people can go to the "Bosom of Abraham", whether they are Christian or not
- rich people go to an apparent hell, without judgement
-  asserts that Abe and the prophets have warned of hell, despite its absence in the OT books picked by the Christian founders
-  asserts that the evidence from the prophets is so clear (about hell), that even direct evidence will not help
There are so many problems that some sects believe that this is just a story, but the scenario can be justified by using books that were believed at the time the NT was written. However, we don't have access to any in the original form. The most likely influence is the book of 1 Enoch, which describes the scenario where the dead souls are held in torment, prior to judgement. This was condemned and deleted - not even held as apocrypha.
So, it would be tempting to say that the parable was just a story, if it were not for the fact that it can be justified using books that were not included in the OT.
The people who decided which books should be in the OT also decided that there was no definitive Hebrew text, so they defined a particular translation of the LXX to be God's word. This is a problem, because the belief system that the NT is based upon, is not from any particular Jewish sect that can be identified. It is made from books that western Christians decided to include from various Greek translations that they had around, in 300AD.
Since the LXX that they included is God's word, we have to assume that it's complete. If this is the case, then there is no warning of hell/hades in the OT at all.
One problem is that Jesus forgot to specify which books were true, and which sect he belonged to. He is full of derision for the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees, but he does not say he comes from any particular true sect. (He says that we will be angels in heaven, and that this is also supposedly in scripture. Where? Another missing book?)
The validity of the parable is judged by whether you think there are lost books, and Jesus is referring to these lost books, and also influenced by whether you think hell can be real, if the founding fathers left it out of the OT, because the books like Enoch were so full of other errors.
I think I have got most of the argument.
EDIT: one NT got changed to OT