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    Matthew 19:21

    Albeit I am not religous, I take an interest in religion.

    After all, it would be rude to discuss a subject, would it not, without at least making some effort to know of it.

    I should like, for the purpose of this thread, to concentrate on Matthew 19:21.

    It states;

    'Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me'


    Actually, I believe Jesus mentions this twice, in the Bible, so one would guess that he must have been pretty serious about this, right?

    Okay.

    How many Christians do you know who actually do this?

    I know of not one.

    For me, you cannot cherry pick that which suits, while air brushing that which does not.

    If you are Christian, if you believe that Jesus was the son of god, and if you believe his word, then you either follow all of it or none of it.

    But, I hear you say, 'It would not be practical to do this', and yes, at first glance, it would appear to be an utterly absurd instruction for Jesus to be giving ,wouldn't it.

    Spend a moment, think about ALL the possesions that you have, even the clothes that you stand up in.

    You would have to sell ALL of this, and give it to the poor.

    But wait.

    Perhaps there is some logic to it.

    Example.

    Let us say that I had nothing, and Dave sold all that he had, and gave it to me.

    This would then mean that Dave would now have nothing.

    Therefore, the next person would, if Jesus is to be followed, they would have to sell all that they had, and give it to Dave.

    Then they would have nothing.

    But someone else would sell all that they had, and so on, and so on, until what you had would be akin to something like a pyramid system meets socialism.

    Discuss...


    Jack

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    This was an instruction given to one person, who was rich and preferred to hang on to those riches.
    Did you think that it is an instruction to everyone?
    Save us all 22,000,000 a day. Leave the EU.

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    This was an instruction given to one person, who was rich and preferred to hang on to those riches.
    Did you think that it is an instruction to everyone?
    So, Jesus meant it to just that one specific rich person, and only that one rich person, is that what you are saying?

    Therefore, Jesus was okay with other rich people, perhaps even richer, hanging on to their riches, right?

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Napier View Post
    So, Jesus meant it to just that one specific rich person, and only that one rich person, is that what you are saying?

    Therefore, Jesus was okay with other rich people, perhaps even richer, hanging on to their riches, right?
    Matthew 19 says

    20"All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"

    21Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

    22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

    23Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, 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."

    25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"

    26Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

    27Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?"

    28Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother[f] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

    which would suggest that he meant all men, not just one

    BYT

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    Quote Originally Posted by Bright Young Thing View Post
    which would suggest that he meant all men, not just one
    BYT
    Reads like it to me.

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    And also.....

    Luke 12:32

    32"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

    BYT

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    Maybe it was a flock of one?

    A flick?

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Napier View Post
    Maybe it was a flock of one?

    A flick?
    Flack?

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    Well, we might as well amuse ourselves seeing as no-one else is posting on here......

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    Re: Matthew 19:21

    I hope Jesus was not really taking their stuff and selling it on E Bay.

    Would that be wrong?

    I think it would be wrong.

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