Mark 10:25 Easier for a camel...

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    "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." What does this mean to you?


    Michael Medved mentioned on his show something along the lines of this being interpreted as the Wealthy have greater Moral responsibility in the ability to use their wealth for good or for evil. I have to agree. I do not take this as wealth is inherently evil.

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    To me, it means that your drivel should be in the 'religion' forum. idiot.
     
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    Yes the wealthy have a greater responsibility to be charitable. If they are not very charitable with their wealth they do not get to go to heaven.

    thats how I read it.
     
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    Moved to the proper forum
     
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    Aesop: “The gods help them that help themselves.”

    Here is another perspective, via Aesop:

    "The ant works hard every day during the summer, building his house and storing food for the winter. The grasshopper, on the other hand, watches the ant with amusement and prefers to sing and dance, putting nothing away for the winter ahead.

    When the winter comes, the grasshopper has nothing to eat and becomes desperate. He elects a president who promises that spreading the food around is good for everyone. The president demonizes the ant for being greedy and asks how he can live with himself when so many others have so little. An executive order is signed demanding the ant turn over 50 percent of his food supply to the government. The grasshopper laughs and plays the rest of the winter, getting fat on the ant’s assets. The ant is depressed and resentful.

    The next summer the ant stops preparing his home and storing his food and instead joi9ns the grasshopper, singing and dancing all day. Unfortunately, all of the other ants make the same decision. The next winter, with no one left to exploit, the grasshoppers and ants all die of cold and hunger. The end."
    Beck, Balfe, “Broke,” p. 17.
     
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    Literally it means that for a camel to enter through the needle gate of the city, the burden must be temporarily removed for the camel to fit through the barrier. Figuratively, Heaven want's you, not your baggage, in any form, riches, attitude, anything that obstructs.
     
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    PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS

    MT 25:1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. MT 25:6 "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' MT 25:7 "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' MT 25:9 " 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' MT 25:10 "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. MT 25:11 "Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' MT 25:12 "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' MT 25:13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."
     
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    It shows Gd has a sense of humor and likes lame puns. (Hebrew for camel is "Gimel", Eye of the needle in both Hebrew and English is "Gimlet" Why the King James people didn't use gimlet rather than "eye of the needle" I will never know. It ruined the pun.)
     
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    It means that class warfare has been around for ages.
     

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