Friday, 20 February 2009

Camels Eyes Needles

Don't go making a huge needle and think you have found a loop hole. And no, a genetically modified "rich man's salvation" Camel, will not work either.

"It is easier for a Camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven"

Contrary to overly optimistic rich Christian's belief, Jesus was not referring to any narrow gateways or alleyways that Camel's found mildly tricky to negotiate. Chances are he was being emphatic, and he didn't need shameless use of italics to do it.

The point is that to be rich, you have had to make a lot of money and kept a lot of money. And though making it doesn't have to involve doing anything underhand, keeping it does mean that a lot of people are going without.

Yes, let he who is with sin cast a stone anyway - I'm not exactly poor. I'm on an average wage for the UK, but the UK is (baring credit crunch incidents) still one of the richest countries in the world. Trying to claim your not really rich with reference to "Bill Gates" or "The Queen" is only kidding yourself.

For further reading; see the parable of the rich man swaggering in with a bag on gold for the poor box vs homeless lady with her last penny.

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