Vesuvius asked about Matthew 19:23 in the question, "Why is it easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to Heaven?" Now, I am asking, if this is true, then why are we so focused on attaining wealth? Why are there so many questions on this subject, when Christ said that having a lot of possessions actually gets in the way of spirituality?
Blessings, and Happy New Year 2011, Jai
asked 01 Jan '11, 09:01
Barry Allen ♦♦
Nope, i dont believe money inhibits spirituality,morals or expansion.
Jesus actually SEEMED to disqualify quite a few groups from heaven.
He told one group that unless they drank his blood and partook of his flesh they wouldnt see the kingdom.
He told one chap that his tithing wasnt enough and that he had to sell EVERYTHING and give it to the poor.
He told another guy who hadnt actually committed adultery that if he had a lustful thought he had committed adultery in his heart.
I wouldnt just pluck phrases out of the bible and make sweeping statements.
If Jesus didnt believe in people having money why did his ministry have a treasurer? Remember that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Remember that almost every biblical patriarch was very wealthy. Remember that God gave people wealth as part of the establishment of covenant.
And also remember this. If you end up with more wealth than you can handle, and it still stings your conscience...then you could give it to decent causes.
All the aboves rather academic anyway. The greater part of us all is Spirit,were one with Source,Source has all wealth, so do we.
Your already rich. Jesus said that too!!
Enjoy it and happy new year.
answered 01 Jan '11, 17:06
I believe that spiritual wealth manifests as physical wealth. That is why in the Bible it says "seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all other things will be added" (not an exact quote).
answered 01 Jan '11, 23:23
Makes sense to me
(02 Jan '11, 11:13) Monty Riviera
Being fully abundant in all aspects of our being - body, mind and spirit, is having an optimal life experience. When we are rich in the mental realm,riches in the material realm are a natural manifestation.
It is not wrong to have material wealth. It only becomes a problem when we become attached to that wealth and we let it become our main focus in this physical world. If we use our focus to expand our own self awareness to realize those spiritual riches that are in each and everyone of us, we will begin to live a life that is an embodiment of those spiritual riches and the material riches will be a natural by product available for us to enjoy and share while we're here - because remember we really never own anything on this physical plane so there's no point becoming attached to any of it.
answered 01 Jan '11, 21:27
YES! The attachment to "things" brings suffering was my first lesson in spirituality (sort of) 20 years ago. But as it turns out, there is nothing out there that can bring me as much joy as what I do in here.
(02 Jan '11, 03:15) jim 10
What is Physical Wealth?
What ever YOUR needs are.
Some need more.
Some need less. But think they need more.
I have had a lot and I have had a little. But I have always had what I needed.
And ALWAYS will. So will you.
Being happy with what you have equals spiritual wealth.
I will always have more than some and less than others, constantly floating in between. And thats fine.
This time in my life is a point where I have the least physical wealth ever and I finally have peace and joy in my heart for myself and others. Sweet
answered 02 Jan '11, 03:07
It very simply means that many rich people are focused on money and wealth. Poor people have nothing left to focus on but his word. Meaning, you cannot have 2 Gods. A person can be very rich and love God. But he must love God more. The Bible is a beautiful source of information but only a few understand His Words. It's a good idea to look more closely for the true meaning. Jesus said man cannot live on bread alone. He said I have come that you may have life and have it with more abundance. Many Blessings!
answered 01 Jan '11, 17:25
Well with all being said, we are all poor, we came into this world with nothing, and by far we will leave with nothing, regardless of all the wealth we acquire, or do not acquire, for it is the same end result for all of us!
Of course if you can enjoy great financial wealth, so be it, and if you do not know where your next meal is coming from, go look for a soup kitchen to get a free meal if you can, for where there is a will, there is a way, and you will continue to live in your reality to the end of time, rich or poor!
answered 02 Jan '11, 02:27
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