Also Hope Channel (www.hopetv.org) has a couple of good programs and you can watch the archives on their site. Or you can watch their live broadcasts anytime from their website. The live broadcasts include 16 channels from different parts of the world and in different languages.
I have a copy of THE GREAT CONTROVERSY, and note that it does not mention the story in Luke 16.
I am also an evolutionist.
I respect your views on this subject, as we are all free to believe or not believe as dedicated by our consciences, and I am honored that you shared your thoughts with me.
I can understand the desire to make your own choices and not be ordered to do this or that, which is how many people view the dietary guidelines laid out in the Bible's Old Testament. Would it make a difference if, instead of a "thou shalt not eat...", these guidelines written so many centuries ago have now be upheld by modern nutritional science? For me, advancements in medical and nutritional sciences in recent years, confirming many of the principles from the Old Testament's health "laws", did weigh heavily on my personal choice to give up certain foods. Pork, for example, is one of the first foods that doctors encourage patients with any kind of cardiovascular disease to give up. Interestingly, the Bible lists all pork products as "unclean" aka unhealthy and therefore not for human consumption. We know from recent decades the dangers associated with smoking and drinking alcohol. If we truly love ourselves, would we not want to treat our bodies with respect and be as healthy as we can be by avoiding foods, drinks, and other substances that are widely known to be detrimental to our health? Yes, there will be unforeseen ailments and things out of our control, but what we put into our mouths is one of the rare aspects of life we usually do have control of. Is the food we chose to eat nurturing our bodies or are we allowing a momentary pleasure to kill us slowly? I cannot speak for you, but I decided that I wanted to be as healthy as I can be. The Old Testament dietary guidelines, especially the clean and unclean foods found in Leviticus 11 can be helpful in promoting better health or just improving quality of life. When we make healthier choices in our diet, our health improves, we feel better, we can think more clearly, and our moods have less ups and downs... overall, our entire quality of life improves!
If you are interested in why Adventists do not believe in the survival of the soul after physical death, you should visit www.truthaboutdeath.com/ sometime. Historically, the belief in the immortality of the soul is of Greek origins and was introduced into Christianity in the second century when early Christian writers/leaders were heavily influenced by the ideas of Greek philosophers. For example, the early Christian writer Tertullian (160 - 225 AD), whose writings heavily influenced the direction of subsequent Christian teachings/doctrines, actually admitted his views on the immortal soul are from Plato. Adventists, and there are other Christian denominations and groups who hold this position as well, have decided to return to the Biblical teachings on this subject.
As for the Great Controversy and Luke 16, the book does not touch on every parable spoken by Jesus. It was intended to be a glimpse at the history of the Christian church from the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD through the centuries up unto when the end-time events explained in the book of Revelation occur. However, if interested, the short booklet The Rich Man and Lazarus www.amazingfacts.org/media-lib… explains the parable within the greater context of the historical setting and the entire Biblical teaching on death and life after death.
These are just reference links in the off-chance you are interested in why Seventh-day Adventists believe what we do regarding this topic. If you are not interested, that is perfectly alright. As I said before, we are all free to choose our beliefs, and no one should be pressured into believing a certain way. I appreciate you sharing with me, and I wish you the very best.