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October 27, 2008


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Hmm, and an important lesson for us all. That we all need to comprehend the importance of money. More specifically, as important as it is, there are things in life that are even more so, and that we should never misplace their priorities.

Wait! A Bible verse? It's not even Sunday! Just goes to show how integrated religion is with living life, and how applicable and valuable Jesus' teachings are to everyone.

Rick --

Agreed, a lot of people who post here could stand to read the bible.

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? (NIV, 1 John 3:17)"

"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." (Mark 10:25 NIV)

Why is that? Jesus, who knew the human heart better than anyone ever has or ever will, understood that it's a matter of priorities. Too often, rich people make wealth their number one priority instead of God. They spend most of their time making wealth, spending it, and increasing it. In a very real sense, money becomes their -idol-.

Anom --

Are you now a Bible teacher? If you are, that's cool with me. But you need to remember that context is key in Bible interpretation. Anyone can pull a random verse from the Bible and make it say almost anything.

In your example, it's worthwhile to read Mark 10:26-27 which reads:

The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."

So while the issue centered around money, the key point was the power of God for salvation. But that discussion is for a different blog.

I don't disagree that there are many warnings in the Bible about greed, the love of money, etc., but the "camel" verses, while among the most well-known, aren't really the best to illustrate this point IMO.

I mean, the verses about wealth are a dime a dozen.

Should we go on to Deuteronomy? Romans? Leviticus? Luke? Proverbs? Ecclesiastes? Malachi? Timothy?

Old and New.

Anom --

Yes, the Bible has many verses about how to handle money. I write about those on Sundays and have been doing so for a couple years. Still lots of material left.

My only point above was that you need to look at the context of a verse before interpreting it -- something that needs to be done no matter where the verse is found in the Bible.

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