Maybe you could help me with an answer to my question about money and our faith.
I would like to receive a comment on the following quote from the Bible:
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a
needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”
I have submitted this question to a numer of Catholic Q and A’s and forums but never received an answer. Money and Christianity is a subject that is avoided in the free market capitalist world.
To me every possible interpretation of the quote is simple: rich people won’t go to heaven. Beacause they have even less chances to get there than the camel to pass through the eye of a needle. Less than zero.
How can we reconcile that with capitalism, which is based on accumulation of wealth? Why doesn’t the Church tell rich people and those who dovete their lives to money making that their souls are in danger?
I hope your answer will not be “we should not take the Bible literally”. Because than we could reject and deny everything the Bible says by not interpreting it “literally”. I understand some unclear passages of the Bible may need to be interpreted by theologians, but the above passage seems to be clear. Moreover, this theme appears in the Bible over and over again. And everywhere Jesus’ attitude towards wealth and money is the same: don’t waste your time on getting rich, distribute your wealth to the poor, don’t accumulate wealth, blessed are the poor; you can’t serve God and Mammon and the same time. The attitude is absolutely clear. How come the Catholic Church is silent about that? Is it just afraid to anger rich donators? I hope not.
And, yes, I know the Catholic Church doesn’t consider being rich bad, does not consider accumulation of wealth evil. I know that. My question, is WHY? Why is its teaching not in line with the clear command in the Bible