When you hear the word gulf, you think of an area that is surrounded by land on three sides and has a narrow inlet of water.
The dictionary describes gulf as a noun which is a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land; or a deep hollow, chasm or abyss; or any wide separation (position or status)
There are several gulf shores in the world, but just to name one in the United States you would think of the Gulf of Mexico, which encompasses the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and the country of Mexico. This gulf of water encircles these locations in the arm of the gulf, but Cuba is completely divided from them by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
In the bible at Luke 16:19-31 (KJV) it talks about a rich man and a poor man that died. The poor man was carried away by angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man went to Hades or Hell where he was tormented with pain, suffering and fire. He just wanted a little water to cool his tongue from the poor man named Lazarus. But Abraham reminded him of how selfishly he lived while he was alive and how Lazarus had lived while he was alive. He also reminded him there was a gulf, a great chasm (NIV), a big pit (ERV) that divided Abraham and Lazarus from the rich man that neither could cross.
Luke 16:19-31 (KJV)
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.
It is not because the rich man had money that he went to hell but how he obtained that money and what he did with that money while he was alive.
Matthew 6: 24 (NIV)
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
1 Timothy 6: 6-10 (KJV)
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Make your treasures in heaven so that your heavenly pallbearers will be the angels taking you to Abraham’s bosom!
Matthew 6: 19-21 (KJV)
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.