A question I came across recently by an other Christian brother. Although not something new, I think its still an important one. Can a rich man go to heaven? What did Christ mean when he said, it is easier for the camel to pass through the needle’s eye than the rich to get into heaven? Have a look.
“Recently I had to endure a spew of interesting thoughts on my new career path and why i’m evil and going to hell because I hate the poor and love money. In YOUR opinion does making 6 figures make me a terrible person? I’ve always lived by ” If I love god more than my money and at all times Tithe I am not in danger”. But for about 3 hours I had pounded into my head that I need to make money save it, then give it all away and then “carry my cross” and live in poverty, so I can follow jesus correctly, or else I do not love jesus and I hate the poor. So obviously I’m a little distressed right now because I’ve just been told I cannot go to heaven If I make too much money, and also that working for an oil company is not serving god or carrying my cross and shows that it’s how I am not a true christian. So I guess my question is am a Evil person for seeking success?
I’m not going to lie I, chose the job for 4 reasons 1) I love The western states including north dakota 2) I love physical Labor 3) I like the Cold 4) The Pay
I’ve always wanted and felt called to make something of my self on my own and I feel like that’s what I’m doing, But am I denying jesus and not carrying my cross because I am making the choice to work hard and make living rather than live in poverty?”
Below is my response:
Wealth is not a problem of salvation. How you use your wealth is another issue entirely and that is between you and God. The issue is simple, you can not worship God and money at the same time, so whatever you make of your wealth, just let it not rule over you for that always leads to corruption. Rejoice for the good things God has given you, help those who you can and let your conscious be clear when you go to bed.
Let me tell you something, I saw a catholic priest here in my city, he has a big mansion, 4 cars, really rich guy. 30 feet away from his pearly shining gates there is a small cottage with a very poor family living there, two people died in that house with tuberculosis, one old woman died of starvation. The girl, one of the two people who died, was 26 years old at the time of her death and weighed only 40 pounds. The rich priest next door simply never cared. So much for “love your neighbor”, right. That is the point which one should not fall down to.
We are not only responsible for the things we did but also for the things we didn’t – those which we could have done.