Why is the Rich Man consigned to 'hell' without so much as a judgment or a reason for it?

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Parables are stories that are told by Jesus, in the New Testament, to convey his religious message. These stories may not be accurate nor be true. In Luke 16: 19-31, we read a short parable about a "Rich man" and another man named "Lazarus" and their fate that awaits them after death. The first thing that we notice about this parable is that Jesus, while telling this story, names Lazarus but not the rich man. This may have several meaning such that there is an emphasis to know the poor man but not the rich; another view is that the Rich man is done wrong and so he should not be named. In the parable, the rich man is seen to be living in luxury wearing fine linen. Though it is not said in the parable, it is obvious that the rich man likes the way he lives because he lived in luxury every single day.

On the other hand, it is not clear about the emotions of Lazarus because he is only seen as a beggar who did not have much to eat and place to live. In modern times, we would call this sort of life not a great way of life. There was an emphasis on the fact that Lazarus was covered with sores and he longed to eat the leftovers of what the rich man ate. "Even the dogs came and licked his sores" shows that the dogs show to have pity for this beggar. By interpreting more on this pity that the dogs' show, it can be said that to accept pity you have to acknowledge that you are in need pity. When the two men died, the beggar was carried by the angels to Abraham's side while the rich man...