In this verse Jesus explains to his disciples just how tough it is for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of god. According to Jesus, it is so difficult that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of god. Since it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it would seem to me that it would also be impossible for a rich person to enter the kingdom of god.
Even if we grant that this statement could be intended to be hyperbolic, the passage would still indicate that it is extremely difficult for a rich person to go to heaven. Therefore, I would think many Christians would not want to become rich. However, it doesn’t seem that many Christians that I have met wish to avoid wealth.
Considering this verse in the context of the surrounding verses, it would seem to me that in this story, Jesus wants people to give their money to the poor and to follow him. I know that there are some Christians who do not keep savings accounts and do not save for the future because of their religious believes. And others take low paying positions as missionaries or preform other religious work at low pay. However, there are many other Christians that do try to earn and save as much money as they can. Quite a few Christians could even be considered very wealthy.
Most people do donate to charities in order to help others. I am know that this includes many Christians as well. However, I suspect a large number of Christians do not give away the majority of their money away. However to me, this passage suggests that is what should be done by all Christians.
What do you think?
What are your thoughts on this verse? If you are a Christian, do you try to give so much your money to the poor as to avoid acquiring wealth? If you do try to save your money and accumulate wealth, how do you reconcile this verse with the saving of money?
Mark 10:25 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.”
Harper Bibles. NRSV Bible with the Apocrypha (Kindle Locations 68126-68127). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
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