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What Christ asked of us - A Sorta Fairytale
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Joie
Sat, Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:46 pm
What Christ asked of us

[personal profile] jonquil reminds us of one of Christ's hardest teachings:

There are multiple verses, in multiple Gospels, to the same effect. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." The Beatitudes. Jesus was deadly serious about the Christian duty to sacrifice everything and care for the poor.

In my reply, I pointed out that this wasn't the only thing Christ asked of us; but it is an important one, and too often overlooked by many Christians, especially North American Christians, today.

On a related note, I've heard this book is good: The Hole in Our Gospel: What does God expect of Us? The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World.

Joie

This entry was originally posted at http://hymnia.dreamwidth.org/144216.html.

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laurel_potter
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laurel_potter
Sun, Apr. 4th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)

Did you know that the camel-eye-of-the-needle thing is a mistranslation? The Greek words for camel and rope are similar.


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Joie
Sun, Apr. 4th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)

I hadn't heard that before. Either way, neither a camel nor a rope fits easily through the eye of a needle. (Although, I've also heard that the "eye of a needle" may have referred to a gate into the city of Jerusalem that was too small for large animals to pass through.)


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