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Old 01-06-2010, 01:39 AM   #1
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Can rich Christians go to heaven according to the bible?

Is it ok according to Jesus for Christians to accumulate material wealth instead of distributing them to the poor?

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17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 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.(Mark 10:17-25) (Note: some scholars believe that "camel' is a mistranslation and it should be "rope" )

But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort." (Luke 6:24)


"You Cannot Serve God And Money"(Matthew 6:24)

"do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth" (Matthew 6:19)

The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." ( Matthew 19:20)

So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:21)
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