the message is really similar...October 27 2011 at 11:31 PM
Kate (Login kateothelamp)
Response to We can only speculate.
Not everyone believes that explanation, but the words are close:
kamÍlos, "rope" or "cable"
A rich young man asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life.
Jesus told him to keep the commandments.
The young man said he already did.
Then Jesus said, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
The young man went away sad, because he was very rich. And clearly not prepared to what would be required to be "perfect".
And Jesus said, "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." Or he said, "...easier for a cable to go through the eye of a needle..."
It may appear that "cable" is a better translation, because it is closer to the idea of a thread, just too big to fit.
"Camel" actually makes sense in context, because a camel could be heavily laden with goods and riches. There are later rabbinic writings that are similarly worded about an elephant going through the eye of a needle -- describing something something impossible.
Camel or cable, either way, they aren't going to fit through the eye of a needle.
Jesus wasn't saying that rich people can't go to heaven or enter the Kingdom of God. He was saying that their love of money and their possessions can surpass their love of God and they may care about those material things more. It's not a sin to have money. It's a sin to love money more than you love God or your fellow man. God loves philanthropists. =D
I think his message was also that we, within ourselves, really don't have the ability to be perfect. But that's another topic...
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