W"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man too get into heaven"hat did Jesus mean when he said?

The truth is that there is not one definition, one perfect answer to thus question. The scripture has to be approached from the motion of God's Spirit. God breathes the scripture and its only through His spirt that understanding comes.

Scriptures can be approached from different angles. There is the warfare angle, the angle of the finished works. There's even the approach from historical angle. People may say that Jesus actually meant it literally when he talked about the eye of the needle meaning the loop. That in a sense is correct. However, you must understand that there was a city in those days that had a gate. You remember that in old days, cities were walled. Every city had a gate a an entrance. This particular city had a tiny gate that could only allow one person at a time. Every person was scrutinized very well and if you were very wealthy, you could end up losing some of your possessions. It was like taxes would have to consider from those goods. It was always difficult to go through unscathed for those whose were wealthy. That's what Jesus had meant. This doesn't mean that the first interpretation is wrong. That's why I said it depends on the angle you are looking at it.

One thing is clear though, Jesus is not against riches. If he were, 2 Corinthians 8 verse 9 wouldn't have said he became poor that we through his poverty might become rich. He does care about our prosperity.

3 John verse 2 even said that He wishes above all things that we prosper. Prosperity is His wish for us. It's those that trust in their riches that will find it difficult to enter into heaven. That's because we are saved by God's grace which is in His son and not by works. Some rich men trust in their riches to save them and will be put to shame on judgment days when they meet with their maker.


He meant that a rich man that values money and his possessions more than his life will hardly enter heaven. You remember in the passage where he made that statement, he had a conversation with the rich man. The rich man came to ask Jesus 'what he must do to enter the kingdom of God?' and Jesus told him to keep the law and love his neighbour and he said he has been doing that from his youth and Jesus told him to give his possessions to the poor and come follow him and the man felt sad because he had a great possession

Anything anyone can't give up for God and the salvation of the soul of such a person, will eventually make such a person to miss heaven. That's why jesus made such statement. It doesn't mean that all rich men won't go to heaven but any rich man that values money and possession more than God will eventually miss heaven because of such things