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I am concerned.

February 9th, 2011

I don’t think that I can afford to be a Christian in this city. 🙁

I have been ‘invited’ to a special event, but after I pay for everything to get there it will cost me $70 to go. There is a conference I would like to go to and I believe that I would benefit from, but it is nearly $200.
There is a during the week program for my 5yo kid at the church, but that costs too.

Maybe if I get a night job I can afford to be a Christian in this city? Then I can go to the right events and learn the right stuff?

Is that what Jesus meant when He said only a rich man can enter the kingdom of heaven? Err actually is that what the bible says about rich men? Oh wait a minute I have it. The Bible says ‘Jesus saves’. That’s it I have to ‘save’ then I can be a Christian here…

Or maybe this is one of the giants of this land and city screaming at me? You cannot be here, you cannot exist here… Well giant of money hear this: I am a son of the living God of Israel and I am going to live here and as a matter of fact thrive, because it is at Gods request and invitation that I am here.

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Jesus parable of the rich man was that it was easier for a camel to go through the ‘eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.’ When I was in Israel I had it explained to me that the ‘eye of the needle’ is the inner door within the city gate. It was what was opened at night to allow passage into and out of the city but it was just one person at a time. For a camel to go through this gate all of it’s load/ burden had to come off and it had to go through on it’s knees. They used to be even smaller then the current day one pictured.
The main city gate was never opened after dark, as this could allow an invading army in. So a camel can in fact get through the eye of the needle but not with it’s burden, everything had to come off and only on it’s knees.
I’m pretty sure that if anyone contacted these different churches and said that to pay these amounts would be a real strain and pretty hard, that they would in fact lessen or even take away these costs?  Maybe. But can you see that Jesus parable has been reversed here. A rich man can attend all of the church activities and receive the good teaching. But a poor man would find this very very hard, it is the poor man that now needs to go through the eye of the needle, humbling himself and on his knees. The rich man can just enter in unhindered.

The Rich Young Man
Matthew 19:16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good things must I do to have eternal life?”
17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “Only God is good. But to answer your question, you can receive eternal life if you keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” the man asked.
And Jesus replied: “ ‘Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not testify falsely. 19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?”
21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But when the young man heard this, he went sadly away because he had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
25 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.
26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

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