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  •  The eye of the needle excuse is absurd. (18+ / 0-)

    Why would Jesus say, in essence, that it's harder for a rich man to get into heaven than for a camel to pass through a slightly narrow gate?  

    He'd just told the man to go and sell all he had and give the money to the poor. Why then downgrade that suggestion by implying that rich people can get into heaven just fine, they only have to try a little harder?

    Rich people will do anything to justify refusing to share their wealth.  Including distorting the Gospels.  

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 07:11:05 AM PST

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    •  There's validity in both interpretations (1+ / 0-)
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      The eye of the needle was that gate, but the only way through it was to get off the camel and get rid of things--which fits metaphorically with many of Jesus' teachings that love of money impedes one's love of God and ability to follow Him.

      Of course, fundamentalists do not like to admit that the Bible includes metaphors, even though Jesus used them frequently to make it easier for humans with limited understanding to understand the ineffable. For some, it's all literal.

      I guess I do not see metaphor as being outside of God's order. Like all figurative language, metaphor helps me understand difficult things better, and that includes my faith. JMO

      •  Great Wisdom (0+ / 0-)

        There is great wisdom in your analysis.  Those of us who do not take the words of the bible literally must avoid the very traps we accuse fundies of.  To the degree that we embrace literalist arguments we are condemned to dogmatism and error.

    •  Like other stories in the Bible, (0+ / 0-)

      this one has always left me on the edge of my seat. Did the rich man think about it later and sell his goods? The author never tells us. I guess we are to meditate on it and come to our own conclusion.
      The Bible is not met to be taken literally. When read as such, it is so limiting.

      What do we want? Universal health care! When do we want it? Now!

      by cagernant on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:51:20 PM PST

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