Someone quoted to me once the following, when I asked them if accepting foodbank benefits is considered begging: Psa 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. I got the impression that they felt that yes, it was begging to accept foodbank food. Then I asked if Lazarus, the beggar who died and went to heaven, was not considered righteous. Again, I was referred to the Pslam 37:25. I still do not know if Lazarus was righteous even though he was begging. Also, do you think the parable of Lazarus and the rich man to be literally true as well as metaphorically true? This is the only parable in which Jesus actually mentions the name of a person. The reason I ask is because if it is literal and really did take place, then that would mean the conversation between Abraham and the rich man would be true, and that there is really a chasm between they cannot cross but can apparently see/hear/talk to each other. I would be grateful for any input and views.