Parable of Richman and Lazarus has two dead characters talking to each other. But other Bible passages say that Dead don’t now anything and they don’t communicate. Is there any contradictions in Bible.
Please refer the the below link for verses which tells us that.
Bible also tells us that the Jews at the time of teaching believed in many Pagan teaching including reincarnation and eternal torture in hell.
One such example is Jews asking John whether he is the reincarnated Elijah to that John replies ‘no’ but Jesus tells us that John came with the spirit of Elijah,
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No John 1:21
And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them Matthew 17:10-12
Second event is when the disciples of Jesus asking Him about a man born blind asking whether he was born blind because of his sins(in previous birth)
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. John 9:2-3
Jesus sometimes meet them in their own ground. For example Jesus calls a gentile woman as dog (he is using the words of Jews to teach them a lesson)
Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. Matthew 15:25-26
Apostle Paul also uses a similiar style of teaching. Dead cannot be baptised since they can’t choose salvation after they die and their probation is already closed. But Paul mentions that to teach them that there is resurrection of dead.
Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 1 Corinthians 15:29
Jesus uses the pagan teaching of eternal torture in hell to teach Jews a lesson. Remember Jesus didn’t tell them that Lazarus was righteous and he deserved Heaven. Lazarus was just a beggar who lacked any earthly pleasure (symbolizing gentiles whom jews considered as ones lacking knowledge of true God) but will be provided the gospel and inheritance as seed of Abraham (He is shown sitting in bosom of Abraham) whereas the rich man who had all pleasures (symbolizing jews who had the law and prophets) will be denied Abraham’s bosom because they didnt believe in the law and prophets.