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  •  This is the problem with the way right wing (27+ / 0-)

    Christians read the gospels.

    They take verses out of context and use them to buttress whatever opinion they have. This is like taking bricks out of a house willy-nilly and assuming  you can rebuild exactly the same house without noting how the bricks fit together.

    If you read the source of this story it's clearly irrelevant whether "eye of a needle" refers to a gate or refers to a sewing needle.  Jesus is commenting on a man who has kept the commandments, but is unwilling to take the next step and give his wealth to the poor ('Jesus 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.”')

    The story your mom gave is mixed up. There is no ancient source for the gate interpretation nor are there any ancient mentions of such a gate -- although it fits reasonably well with the story. The man would have to unburden himself of his riches before he can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. That is totally clear if you read the verse in context.

    As for the issue of translation, the question has been raised, but not about "eye of a needle"; the question is whether the word for "camel" and "rope" have been confused (i.e. the phrase some have suggested should be "it is easier for a rope to go through the eye of a needle"). Again the whole passage's meaning is perfectly clear and not in the least affected by quibbling over what "eye of a needle" is meant to refer to.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 12:24:33 PM PST

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