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    Quote Originally Posted by UGLY View Post
    Did you even read what I wrote? I am sure that all of those people gave to charity.

    Which of the "sell all your possessions and give money to the poor" you did not understand?


    Helping out some poor people at your discretion is not what Jesus is talking about. What he is saying is if you want to be morally clensed, get rid of all your riches for the sake of those less fortuned.

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    Big you have never read the Bible have you. Jesus was talking to one person when he said those words. He was testing the Rich man, the Rich man was not willing to give up what he loved the most to gain eternal life. No where in the Bible does it say for everyone to be poor.

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    Big, you're purposely taking the question out of context, in order to argue a point--like the right-wing crowd likes to do with any issue. Ugly explained this, but let me add my own take: the story in the Bible about the rich man, can quite reasonably be interpreted to mean a story about a man's heart: is it concerned with material things, or with God? In his case, the only solution was for him to give up all his riches (and maybe Jesus was exaggerating a little for effect), but that was him. It does not mean that any man who doesn't take a vow of poverty, cannot be spiritual. The question is: where are his priorities?

    I like parables because they really do represent the human condition, and it goes to show how the same issues 2000 years ago are still with us today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    "The eye of a needle" is part of a phrase attributed to Jesus by the synoptic gospels:
    ...I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.Matthew 19:24. The parallel versions appear in Matthew 19:23-24, Mark 10:24-25 and Luke 18:24-25.
    The occasion of the saying, according to the gospel writers, was after a rich young man had asked Jesus what he needed to do in order to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied that he should first, keep the commandments (he listed only the six concerning duty to men, see also Old Testament#Christian view of the Law), sell all his possessions, and give the money to the poor, and then to come, follow Jesus. Because of his great wealth, the young man was unwilling to do this. Jesus then turned to his disciples, and spoke this phrase to their astonishment, leading them to doubt that salvation was possible for anyone.
    Some commentators have found it incredible to speak of a rich man's chance of being saved as being harder than threading a camel through a literal sewing implement. Consequently the phrase has inspired various interpretations.
    The eye of the needle is a gate in the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. Through this gate merchants were compelled to bring their goods (taxation). A merchant could only bring into the city the goods a camel could carry, the gate was small and a camel had to scrunch up to get through it. Hence, it doesn't mean a rich man can't get into heaven (you can't get a camel through the eye of a needle after all), it means it may be hard for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UGLY View Post
    Big you have never read the Bible have you. Jesus was talking to one person when he said those words. He was testing the Rich man, the Rich man was not willing to give up what he loved the most to gain eternal life. No where in the Bible does it say for everyone to be poor.
    Nor did I say anything like that. Make your money, enjoy and then give all of it to the poor before you die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    What does God think of rich people?
    He probably sees them as weak so he gives them money to be happy, then again it could be the ones he likes the most and he picks favorites.
    Yours in wrestling,

    The Swayz

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    Thanks for everyone's input.

    I've read the "camel through the needle" verse before, but I always took it to mean a rich man could not pass.

    I was wondering how this question applies to modern day America, since we are indeed still a rich country.

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    More is expected of those that can do more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    Thanks for everyone's input.

    I've read the "camel through the needle" verse before, but I always took it to mean a rich man could not pass.

    I was wondering how this question applies to modern day America, since we are indeed still a rich country.
    Why should it apply any different now than before? Give all your money to the poor or go to hell.

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