Mark 10:17-25

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.
19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.”
20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!”
24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God.
25 In fact, 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!”
Mark 10:17-25 (NLT)

I am glad this blog has been getting more and more visitors. Apart from sincere Christians who come here to seek the truth, I also have quite a number of religious people. I have just received 2 comments yesterday. One of them accused me of not truly worshipping God just because I choose to believe in what the Bible says and refuse to believe in the lies of theology. This basically sums up the doctrines of religious people. In their mind, if you do not obey their theology inspired religious ritual, you are not worshipping God. Believing in what the Bible says is a blasphemy to them. I am not surprised at all because Satan hates Christians who believed in what the Bible says.

Another one challenged me to write about Mark 10:17-25. Why did he/she do that? Obviously, this religious person is hoping to use this passage to prove the Gospel of Jesus Christ as false. How can Jesus die poor at the Cross to make us rich when he told the rich man to give away his possession? I am sure theologians will use this to propagate their lies. However, I am going to reveal the truth of the above passage with proper engineering principles. Here we go.

Here is the background. Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. A man approached him and asked him on how to have eternal life. Jesus gave him the 10 Commandments. Why was that so? They were living under the Law at that time. Jesus had not died to create a new Covenant. Therefore the existing Moses Law was still in force. At that time, obedience to the Law was the only way to gain prosperity in every area in life, including eternal life.

The man answered and said he did them all. Jesus said,

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Mark 10:21 (NLT)

Religious people will love to quote this verse out of context to show that Jesus wants us to be poor. Is that so? If the religious people are right, then there are many unanswered questions.

Why did Jesus not say this to everyone he met?

Why did the early church greet each other with wishes of prosperity and health?

Why is the Bible filled with promises of wealth for those who obey God?

Why did Jesus die poor at the Cross for us to live rich?

Here is the hypocrisy part.

Why are there no religious churches that demand their members to do the same?

If you are a religious person who believes that Mark 10:21 is the standard for every Christian, are you obeying it? Have you sold all your possession and give the money to the poor? If you do not obey this verse yourself, what right do you have to impose it on others? This is nothing more than hypocrisy of religion. No wonder Jesus called the theologians hypocrites.

I believed I have exposed the hypocrisy of religion. Let us move on to the truth of the passage. What does the verse mean? Jesus told the man to sell his possession and give the money to the poor. What do you think will happen when you give to the poor? Let the Bible answers that.

38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Luke 6:38(NLT)

6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:7-9(NIV)

The above are not exhaustive but they are enough to prove the point. In the carnal mind, giving makes you poor but in God’s system, giving will make you rich. If that man had obeyed Jesus he would only get richer because God’s system demands it to be. If that man had obeyed Jesus and he did not get richer in the process, then God must have lied. The truth is God cannot lie. Theologians like to call God a liar but not engineers.

Unfortunately that man missed his chance. He was too attached to his possession. Jesus said the following:

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!”
24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God.
25 In fact, 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!”
Mark 10:23-25 (NLT)

Again religious people will capitalize on this to promote their perversion. My challenger had conveniently stop here because he/she knows that the subsequent verses will set the context right. Let us read the subsequent verses that the religious people are trying so hard to hide.

27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
Mark 10:27 (NLT)

The bottom line is, God can make possible everything that looks impossible. It is very hard to go to heaven unless you have the Son of God died at the Cross, to pay for the penalty of your sins. So, do not get stuck at Mark 10:23-25. Read Mark 10:27.

The story of the rich man ends with another passage that religious people will try to hide. Let us go to it.

28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.
29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News,
30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.
31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
Mark 10:28-31 (NLT)

I have bold the word “now” and “a hundred times”. How can Jesus be anti prosperity and then promise prosperity to his disciples within the same day? Please note that the promises in Mark 10:28-31 is not about rewards in heaven. This is why I highlighted the word “now”. God wants us to be rich on earth. This is the truth of the Bible.

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