[quote=nianka]What is the source of the phrase Jesus uses when he says, “It is easier for a *camel to go through the eye of a needle * than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God”?
I read once, long ago that there was a gate in Jerusalem called the eye of the needle because it was so narrow that only one person at a time could walk through it, and no pack animals could get through.
the “gate theory” is not true. there was no such gate.
[quote=DeFide]I’ve heard speculation that “camel” was shorthand for a camel hair rope commonly used in that time and place that tends to fray. Such a line would be difficult indeed to pass through an eye of a needle
the translation is true, that the word could be translated rope but it is not the case here.
[quote=Todd Easton]A camel through an eye of a needle is a proverbial expression meaning that something is impossible.
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Jesus is saying that it is nearly impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. remember, the love of money is the root of all evil. there is nothing wrong with money in and of itself, but to have a lot of it when others are starving and struggling in this world does point to a certain level of “love of money”, at least above loving others. i’m not here to judge anyone, i’m just saying we all need to be careful with how we view, treat, and use money. you can have too much. i personally believe to keep any more than what you need is not wise. you can disagree with me if you want but that’s what i see in scripture and the life of the early (very socialist looking) church.