Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:23-25}
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.... No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matt. 6:19"24)
The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, "What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?" And he said, "I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.'" But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?" So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16"21)
Enough said? He certainly had a socialist tilt but the word didn't exist in his time.
Personally, I'm a capitalist but I believe we need to take actively care of society. There is no good reason in this country for anyone to go hungry, without medical care or not to have a roof over their head.
#40 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2020-02-24 12:48 PM |
If you do some real digging you will find there is a more esoteric explanation to this story.
First there was a city in the first century era that had a circumferential wall. The entrance to that city had a gate that was called "the needle". If someone tried to enter with too much packed on their camel, they'd have to unload some of it to make it through. So, the parable is somewhat allegory. At some point, if you're carrying too much, you're going to have to let some of it go.