Did Jesus Say All Rich People Go To Hell

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    Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

    So ain't no rich folk in heaven?
     
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    " The followers were more amazed and said to each other, "Then who can be saved?"
    Jesus looked at the followers and said,
    "This is something that people cannot do themselves. It must come from God. God can do all things."
     
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    And yet there it is, still being harder than getting a camel through the eye of a needle.
    So what do you think He meant?
     
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    In biblical times, having wealth was seen as being blessed by God. Therefore, one cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven without God's grace. Wealth though, can distract from one's core purpose.... so the wealthy must be wary that they do not make assumptions that they are automatically blessed by God.... but, no, he was not saying no rich folks go to heaven.

    There is a school of thought that says the word 'camel' should be 'cable' (or a thick rope).
     
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    Outstanding! And yes, it's "rope". They used to sew their clothes by pulling the threads from a rope. When they got distracted, the thread would tear and they would have to tie a new piece on. All those little knots made the fabric coarse.
    It took tremendous discipline and focus on the task to sew a garment from a single thread!
    When you're rich, the temptations come every day and in abundance. You have to stay focused or you end up another John Edwards or Newt Gingrich.

    Great post!

    Of course, our interpretation isn't the only one and a lot of people subscribe to either the animal or the Gate to Jeruselum interpretation. I'll be curious to see what else pops up.
     
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    :eek: You mean there might be translation mistakes in the bible???
     
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    Tons. In this case, the difference between the word "Rope" and "Camel" was just a simple dot above a letter in rope. Now suppose there was a bug on a heavy scroll as it was being rolled up. Suppose it got squished just in the right place and looked like a dot above rope...
     
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    That's not considered as a likely interpretation according to Wiki. That interpretation is backed up by the Koran, which also says "camel" and would not have the same problem with regard to the words for "camel" and "rope" being similar in Greek.

    Eye of a needle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Some see it this way,They stand on the faith that God being GOD wouldn't allow his word to be corrupted with mistranslation.
     
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    BTW, my interpretation is simple, exaggeration to make a point, e.g. I told you a million times to...
     

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