What does this phrase mean?

asked 30 Dec '09, 21:20

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My understanding is that many ancient cities were enclosed by walls with gates that were closed at night. And narrow passageways were placed in the walls to allow entry into the city after gates were locked.

These passageways were wide enough to allow a person to enter the city but they were not wide enough to accommodate an animal as large as a camel.

I believe these passageways were called Eye of the Needle because they were so narrow.

So I think the phrase you are referring to makes more sense when you consider that Christ's quotation is suggesting it is easier for a camel to pass through one of these narrow passageways than for a materially-minded person to enter heaven.

As for the validity of the phrase, I wouldn't like to disappoint you by agreeing with the popular viewpoint on it. :)

To me, the opposite is probably more true.

A rich man, to me, implies a person of prosperity and perhaps one more in alignment with what they want than a poorer person. (I know this is a sweeping generalization).

But I would say that someone aligned with prosperity is probably closer to heaven than someone living in poverty.

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answered 30 Dec '09, 23:03

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I had always thought that part of the story was that the camel could go through the eye, but only on its knees (i.e. it is an allegory about humility), and it must shed it's load first (i.e. possessions). However, I am finding that this interpretation is almost certainly a popular myth. It is a good myth though.

(31 Dec '09, 16:43) Vesuvius

OK the rich man is aligned with prosperity, so he can go to heaven. The poor man can go to if his alignments are right. It's all about being aligned, or in tune, pure of thought etc.

(27 Jan '12, 22:03) Tom
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I think Robert Kiyosaki agrees with you .

“Forget the Camel. If a man can pass through the eye of the needle, he will enter the world of tremendous wealth. ~ Robert Kiyosaki

(05 Jun '13, 21:30) ele

Stingray's explanation about the expression of a camel going through a needle's eye is correct. I had come across a picture of one of these small doors. This is one explanation of the saying.

When reading the biblical text in context in Mark 10:17-30 you will understand what was being said and what was the main trust of the message was.

In a nutshell: The passage is talking about 'what may be done to inherit eternal life' and the answer is basically 'in what a person is trusting to get him there.'

I have reproduced the passage so you may read it for yourself and get a better understanding.

Mark 10:17-30

17 ¶ And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 23 ¶ And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 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. 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. 28 ¶ Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

The question of eternal life is asked in verse 17 and Jesus answers in verse 19.

Notice what Jesus answers. He is asking him if he knows the 10 commandments. If you notice there are only 6 of the 10 commandments stated in the text. The commandments are broken in 2 parts. The first 4 commandments have to do with your relationship with God and the second part has to do with how to treat your fellow man.

In verse 19, Jesus tells the man, "You know the commandments" but only gives him the second part.

In verse 20, the man acknowledges him doing it.

In verse 21, Jesus said you're lacking one thing. Which was to fulfill the first part of the 10 commandments i.e. Trusting-Loving God with all your heart,soul, mind and strength. Basically, with all your being. Jesus chose to word it the way he did so the man would know exactly what he was saying. Jesus got to the heart of the matter in a few words.

In verse 23, Jesus knowing all rich men makes this remark, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! The general consensus is that on the average, many who have riches trust in them.

In verse 24, Jesus explains that it is the trusting in riches that condemns a man to not having eternal life in this particular context.

In verse 25, Jesus quotes the saying. I believe that he was using this as a metaphor. We know that a camel cannot go through an eye of a needle. The reason I think this is a metaphor is because of the preceding verse. Notice he says, 'Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!' If a camel cannot go through a needle's eye, even less a man who trusts in his riches.

In verse 26, the question is asked, 'Who then can be saved?'

In verse 27, Jesus answers, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.'

QUESTION: Now what happens when you forsake your earthly riches and trust God?

In verse 28-30 God gives you 100 fold in this life time and in the world to come eternal life.

Just a note: There is nothing wrong in riches themselves. It is just a tool. It has to do with how inter-twined your heart is with riches. the apostle Paul said in his first letter to Timothy,

1Timothy 6:9-10

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

If I use the illustration of a camel going through a needle's eye, as stingray explained, one thing I draw from that is the fact that a camel has to go through this opening on his knees which also a picture of humility. Or like someone once said, you always kneel before a king when asking a petition.

In this case, eternal life.

Hope this answer helps you understand a little more.

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answered 05 Mar '10, 00:27

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i agree with you frank money is men made (men creation). but if you love more money then god or your brother and sister, your heart is not in the right place. and because rich men have alot of money they are in a position to help their brother and sister.

(27 Jan '12, 21:44) white tiger

I think this saying refers to the fact that wealth can become all-important to some people, more important than learning about God's Will.

Many times in the New Testament, Christ talks about the fact that it is hard for people with a lot of wealth to "get into the Kingdom of Heaven." He was asked by a wealthy young man what he had to do to (rephrased) "find God", and Jesus told him to sell all his stuff and then follow Him (Jesus). The young man could not do it.

Money is nice, but it is not supposed to be the focus of one's life- especially if your possessions are more important than doing God's Will. I believe that this is what that saying means.

Stingray has nicely covered the history behind the saying- I just thought I would add what I have always felt about this quote from the Bible.

Many Blessings, and Happy (almost) New Year, Jai

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answered 31 Dec '09, 00:33

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5 stars^^) exactly how i woulda responded Jai, good job:)

(05 Mar '10, 07:52) Mebb

Thank you, Mebb! Love, Jai

(05 Mar '10, 16:19) Jaianniah

This question came at very good time for me. It has helped me really look deeply inside myself and also answer my own question about surrendering.To Let go of things or events that have happened is this life and very possibly past Lives is difficult to say the least.

This is the Camels burden and what he needs to do first is lighten his load and relax into a state of belief of what his master said he must do, is the Truth.

The second thing the Camel had to do was Surrender,and what he did here was he dropped to his knees and humbly followed his master without question, through what appeared to be too small of an opening.And then when he was on his knees he saw the opening from a whole new perspective,it was not as small as he first thought and it was a simple task to follow his master through the eye of the needle to safety.

I've been making things in my life more difficult than they needed to be and I need to be a lot more like the Camel who doesn't question Faith.

And from the rich man's point of view, well it kind of goes full circle, doesnt it? He has to become more like the Camel as well.

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answered 03 Jan '10, 11:32

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Roy - from your answer i understand that the camel is a follower of truth and the rich man is a follower of ego ... nice :)

(17 Jan '12, 01:57) blubird two

An interesting thing is I have the Aramaic translation from the original Eastern Peshitaa text and that is a mistranslation, it should have been Rope not Camel, however the meaning remains the same.

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answered 31 Dec '09, 15:46

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I am starting to realize that the only way to truly understand the Bible is to go back to the original Greek and Aramic, and study that. In one of my pastor's sermons, he discussed a word in the Bible that actually has a dual meaning in its original language, and both meanings are significant, but generally only one meaning is chosen to be translated.

(31 Dec '09, 16:16) Vesuvius

Oh yes there are some very messed up verses do to mistranslation, but they have taken on a different perspective to understanding, it is strange the meaning can be changed but something good still can be made out from it.

(31 Dec '09, 16:35) Wade Casaldi

Example in King James there is one that talks of be aware of strange children which actually should have been be aware of poison.

(31 Dec '09, 16:38) Wade Casaldi
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Not that we shouldn't be aware of strange children! lol

(31 Dec '09, 16:39) Wade Casaldi

Vesuvius, God promised that he would preserve his word and he did. You have it in your language. Men have tried corrupting it, that's why there are so many bible versions

If that's what you're searching for, I suggest you research the different versions, found the one that wasn't messed with and get a very good dictionary to understand the words that were used to translate it

That's what I did

Psalm 12:6-7 6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever

(05 Mar '10, 00:28) Frank 1
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haa shlama wade;) how are you my friend?? of course i have to jump on this, this is where i specialize in:)lol. anyways, bro, do you know how many WORDS in my language CANNOT be translated into english 100 percent?? TONS BROTHER, TONS! their are SO MANY words in english that make ABSOLUTLEY NO SENSE in aramaic. belive me. and reason being is becuase our language is a SEMETIC language, it is differnt then majority of the languages nation wide. not many semetic languages exist. therefore a proper translation is EXTREMELY difficult for the language type is COMPLETELY differnt.

(05 Mar '10, 08:05) Mebb
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you guys wrtie from left to write, as for us we write from right to left, the complete OPPOSITE. so as you see, quite a differnt type of language indeed.but none the less, it CAN be translated accordingly BUT not to perefection. here, i'll give you a quick example. in aramaic " qhmara eewit" exact translation into english " are you a donkey?" but REALLY in aramaic it means "are you stupid"? so as you see, very hard to differentiate. you would need an expert in aramaic to do so properly. yala shlameh nasheh(ok peace people) lol.

(05 Mar '10, 08:15) Mebb

Wow Mebb I enjoyed that, it really shows a lot I love the donkey example lol

(05 Mar '10, 08:47) Wade Casaldi

This is why as a Muslim i know that the current versions of the bible are not 100% percisely word of God because the translations alter its authenticity, however a huge portion of its teachings definately corresponds with the teachings of the Glorious Quran.

(10 Feb '13, 14:01) springflower
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Wade has it correct. The translation is a corruption of the word rope or gamel, it was in a fishing village when this parable was written and they mended the nets with this rope. To thread the eye of the needle with the rope that they used to fix their fishing nets. BY the way, it can be done. and It doesn't make sense for a loving God to make it impossible for any of us to make it to heaven and close to him. A camel to fit through the eye of a needle (how ludicrious)

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answered 03 Jan '10, 09:38

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I think it is the biblical equivalent of the idea "When hell freezes over"

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answered 31 Dec '09, 04:33

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Master Jesus continues: 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.

The letter gimel is the camel. It is easier for a camel - when you work with the mysteries of gimel - if you develop the seven levels of your soul related with gimel - if you work with the Holy Spirit, which is related with gimel - only then is it easier for that camel to enter the kingdom of heaven. This is because all that power that you are using to penetrate into the superior dimensions of nature is in the spinal column.

And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. – Mark 10: 17-31

The spinal column is is the ladder that Jakob saw in his dreams. One of the mysteries of the letter gimel is Jacob holding the heel of Esau. That heel of Esau is the sexual power in the earth. Jacob holds with his hand - the symbol of Iod - his brother's heel. It is also said that the Iod is the foot of Esau, meaning that Jacob - or Tiphereth, the power of the soul - develops with the power of sex which is in the heels of Esau.

http://www.hebrewletters.com/item.cfm?itemid=2604

Please access this link for a very relevent image re the spine, the camel and the eye of the needle.

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answered 05 Mar '10, 02:16

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Obviously, I am not an expert and don't know the bible in and out, however, I am a very simple or others might call, naive. When I read or hear words, most I cannot comprehend but I try to interpret so as I can understand or at least get a grasp. I believe the camel can indeed go through the eye of the needle very easily. Why would the rich man want to go to the Kingdom of Heaven, when his riches are with him. He is not well to do but rich. My take on rich is that you have no worries, you can provide and that your cup runneth over. The rich need nothing else as they have it all. We came into this world with no material wealth, so it is fitting, we leave earth the same way. I do not know many words, as my vocabulary is limited. However, I make due what I have got right now. I could say it became possible for a 5'8", 162 lbs person such as little old me to pass through a tiny opening and to be born into this world, just by 2 single cells joining together to form as one organism. Now that I am fully grown, wouldn't you know that is is very difficult to enter into the Kingdom of God? I can't get there now, you do realize I am in the "instant gratification", "I want it now" generation? Am I willing to give up my life and all that I know what exists and what is reality, to go to heaven? Am I going to "fight-tooth and nail","Live like this is the last day of my life", before I leave this world? I better believe it is easy for a camel to pass through a needle's eye than for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. I can hold a modern day sewing needle in my hand, eye of the needle facing up, extending my hand all the way until my arm is straight, point that puny needle to a camel that is far away into the distance, just way over the horizon in front of me and with my own eye, I can see the camel pass through like a hot knife cuts through butter. You can put Prince Albert in a can and I can bet all my worldly possesions that I can put you in a 12 oz beer bottle and have plenty of room left over to fit other things as well. Words. Agree? Do the "I"s have it? "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder." I guess everyone is right, I am just a dumb blond who is not even blond; only Miss Clairol knows. Time for me to go back under my Rock of Ages. God Bless everyone, I L.O.V.E.(Lust Omitted,Visions Emerging!) you, in Jesus' name, Amen.

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answered 10 Apr '11, 18:39

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Limited vocabulary is certainly only through perspective. And I love your words. Every one of those words up there. Please come back soon.

(10 Apr '11, 19:13) you

This is a tricky one for those of us who want to be wealthy and it is quite amusing how we try and make it fit our belief system. What if jesus meant this literally and if you are rich you won't make it into heaven. What then? I hear people say that God doesn't want us poor but what is Gods definition of poor.

I lived in the NOW for about three minutes and I had no attachment to the past or the future and rich or poor meant nothing to me. It was irrelevant and there was no such thing. So if you are trying to fit this into your belief system, or you believe that jesus will bring prosperity, or that jesus will bring you that big house, successful career etc etc you are most probably missing the point and no amount of words is going to get you there.

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answered 27 Jan '12, 13:30

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Proverbs 11:28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.1 Timothy 6:9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.Titus 2:12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, http://bible.cc/1_timothy/6-17.htm

(27 Jan '12, 13:44) white tiger

The Gates to Heaven and Hell are side-by-side and poorly marked, only the Light and Truth will allow you to know the difference.

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Certainly anything that you love more than God will alienate you from Joy.

But with God, all things are possible.

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answered 23 Nov '12, 08:42

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In the Apocryphal New Testament, I found this story:

"13 There was a rich man named Onesiphorus who said: If I believe, shall I be able to do wonders? Andrew said: Yes, if you forsake your wife and all your possessions. He was angry and put his garment about Andrew's neck and began to beat him, saying: You are a wizard, why should I do so?

14 Peter saw it and told him to leave off. He said: I see you are wiser than he. What do you say? Peter said: I tell you this: it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Onesiphorus was yet more angry and took his garment off Andrew's neck and cast it on Peter's and haled him along, saying: You are worse than the other. If you show me this sign, I and the whole city will believe but if not you shall be punished.

15 Peter was troubled and stood and prayed: Lord, help us at this hour, for thou hast entrapped us by thy words.

16 The Saviour appeared in the form of a boy of twelve years, wearing a linen garment 'smooth within and without', and said; Fear not: let the needle and the camel be brought. There was a huckster in the town who had been converted by Philip; and he heard of it, and looked for a needle with a large eye, but Peter said: Nothing is impossible with God rather bring a needle with a small eye.

17 When it was brought, Peter saw a camel coming and stuck the needle in the ground and cried: In the name of Jesus Christ crucified under Pontius Pilate I command thee, camel, to go through the eye of the needle. The eye opened like a gate and the camel passed through; and yet again, at Peter's bidding.

18 Onesiphorus said: You are a great sorcerer: but I shall not believe unless I may send for a needle and a camel. And he said secretly to a servant: Bring a camel and a needle, and find a defiled woman and some swine's flesh and bring them too. And Peter heard it in the spirit and said: O slow to believe, bring your camel and woman and needle and flesh.

19 When they were brought Peter stuck the needle in the ground, with the flesh, the woman was on the camel. He commanded it as before, and the camel went through, and back again.

20 Onesiphorus cried out, convinced and said: Listen. I have lands and vineyards and 27 litrae of gold and 50 of silver, and many slaves: I will give my goods to the poor and free my slaves if I may do a wonders like you. Peter said: If you believe, you shall.

21 Yet he was afraid he might not be able, because he was not baptized, but a voice came: Let him do what he will. So Onesiphorus stood before the needle and camel and commanded it to go through and it went as far as the neck and stopped. And he asked why. 'Because you are not yet baptized.' He was content, and the apostles went to his house, and 1,000 souls were baptized that night."

(Acts of Peter and Andrew vv.14-21, The Apocryphal New Testament, M R James, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, p459).

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answered 31 Dec '09, 16:30

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Here is some more information on your question from http://www.bassfishing.org/thebiblespeaks/Articles/Donts/Materialism/eyeofneedle.htm.

"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 a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' And they were even more astonished and said to Him, 'Then who can be saved?" (v. 24). How hard is it for a rich person to enter into heaven? Well, how hard is it to get a camel through the eye of a needle? It is impossible isn't it? We too might ask, "Lord if that is the case who can be saved? Who then can ever enter into heaven?"

Jesus, looking upon the disciples said, "With man it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God" (v. 27). It is impossible for man by his own ability to go to heaven. Yet, nothing is impossible for God. He has a means of saving man, even a rich man.

However, the point is the rich man's heart must be changed, his heart must be attached to the true riches, treasure in heaven, instead of the material things of this world. It's not easy for anyone to enter the kingdom of God. As Jesus stated in Matthew 7:14, “the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life and few are those who find it.” It is especially difficult for the rich; the reason being, it is hard for those who have riches not to trust in them.

In the Book of Mormon, Jacob gives this wise counsel- Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you. But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God. And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good–to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted (Jacob 2:17-19).

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This article appears to be copied from http://www.bassfishing.org/thebiblespeaks/Articles/Donts/Materialism/eyeofneedle.htm. If you are going to quote other websites or articles, please state your sources. It is not sufficient to state "Google Search".

(05 Jan '10, 06:26) Barry Allen ♦♦

Listen folks - the saying "it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God"

Should be interpreted as saying you have no chance in heaven or hell to enter the kingdom as a camel has a chance of passing through the eye of the needle.

Listen break things down to understand. Money is a creation of evil. Rich-man use evils currency to become rich. Simple. Don't complicate things. This world is not of the world of the Kingdom of Jesus' Fathers. What that means is that we live in a world or universe outside the kingdom of the True Creator...

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answered 03 Jan '10, 19:05

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When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." http://bible.cc/luke/18-22.htm

follow my example do not have attachement with the material things. if your heart and mind are attached to this world. you cannot come to the kingdom.

In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." http://bible.cc/john/3-3.htm

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

http://bible.cc/matthew/7-13.htm

"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. http://bible.cc/luke/13-24.htm

Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' http://bible.cc/luke/13-25.htm

"Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'

"But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'

http://bible.cc/luke/13-27.htm

"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. http://bible.cc/luke/13-28.htm

People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. http://bible.cc/luke/13-29.htm

Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last." http://bible.cc/luke/13-30.htm

if you focus only on money you cannot enter the narrow door. because you are control by your ego. to own things and material possesion. and you cannot help your brother and sister because you do not listen to your soul (your heart and your mind). then you are at the wide gate of destruction.

in truth i tell you that is why: Indeed, 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." http://bible.cc/luke/18-25.htm

experience and enjoy.

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answered 17 Jan '12, 01:35

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The eye of needle is mentioned in Jew, Christian as well as Islamic scriptures. Here is a Wikipedia article on the subject http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_a_needle

But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands ...

Is this man who has received all this rich ? Is it good then to be rich if all this is a reward from god ?

The "rich man" who cannot enter the kingdom of god is the one who is attached to his riches, hordes his riches, believes that his treasure lies in his material riches. When the camel passes through the eye of the needle, then, the rich man lets go of his attachment, leaves all and places his trust in god alone. As a result he may become more rich but without the attachment.

With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

No man can make the camel pass through the eye of the needle. But God can. The camel is the big fat animal of the ego. Through the grace of god, the ego camel may become so tiny as to almost disappear, on the other side of the eye of the needle is the kingdom of god.

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  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported



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