With respect to the below scripture, why is it difficult for rich people to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

Matthew 19:23-24 (ESV)

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God

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    Does this answer your question: Rich Man in Matthew 19:24
    – agarza
    Commented May 15, 2023 at 20:31
  • Yes, agreed. The question is answered there. (See the accepted answer, for example.)
    – Nigel J
    Commented May 15, 2023 at 20:44
  • Because the rich man loves his wealth, greed, as a fat glutton man loves his food. It shouldn't be understood that obtaining heaven is difficult only for the rich or greedy men.
    – Michael16
    Commented May 16, 2023 at 11:09

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In this context, Jesus is referring to being rich in carnality. In other words, Jesus had no problem with the "rich man" being financially wealthy. He was addressing the young man in parabolic or metaphorical language, inviting him to reject and surrender his worldly and carnal way of thinking to the "poor," meaning those who are devoid of Divine revelations. The "poor" alludes to Satan, his army, and anyone who is more worldly/carnal than spiritual. Jesus was inviting the "rich man" to relinquish the carnality of the system of this fallen Adamic world and to be baptised in his Holy Spirit--Genesis 1:1, the timeless eternal dimension.

1 Corinthians 2:4-16 My (Apostle Paul) message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's [worldly and carnal] wisdom, but on God's power. We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the advanced in Divine understanding, but not the [carnal] wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age (Satan and his army), who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

We have not received the [carnal] spirit of the world but the [Holy, sinless, most pure] Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by [carnal] human wisdom but in words taught by the [pure] Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:

"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

  • The problem with this answer is that Jesus told a "rich" young man to sell all that he had, give the money to the poor, then follow him and he would have treasure in heaven. Did Jesus mean, sell your "carnality"? How does one sell his "carnality"? No, it's talking about worldly possessions and MONEY.
    – moron
    Commented May 18, 2023 at 21:40

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