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Indeed it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God (NIV)

Is this a straight foward verse or he was meaning only that rich man

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Some have tried to make out that there is a small gate that camels have to crawl through and that this was called the "eye of a needle" or that a particularly thick thread of camel's hair was what Jesus was referring to in trying to thread it through a needle. Neither idea seems to have any basis in fact.

Rather Jesus was using humor to get his point across. "How hard is it for a rich man to get into heaven?....As hard a it is for a camel to get through the eye of a needle." And the disciples then ask "Who then can be saved?" They were astonished at what he said because it was obviously impossible. For a reference pls see the following:

http://marshill.com/media/luke/jesus-on-money-idolatry-and-comedy

HTH

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Explanations of this verse always begin by explaining away a camel going through the eye of a needle.

One thing is certain; Jesus is saying that worldly wealth is an obstacle to one's entrance into God’s kingdom.

A rich man generally accumulates wealth by esteeming the things that he holds. The heart is where our spiritual valuables are held. Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

If one treasures worldly possessions, then his heart is of the world. If one treasures divine treasure, then his heart is of God.

The old saying “you can’t take it with you” is true, and as likely as a camel fitting through the eye of a needle.

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The "eye of the needle" was a kind of narrow gate into certain walled cities in biblical times.To get a camel through the eye,one had to first unload it,walk the camel through,then bring the goods through the gate, to get into the city. The meaning is very clear in Matthew 19:v25-26

When the disciples heard this,they were greatly astonished and asked,"who then can be saved? Jesus looked and them and said,With man this is impossible,but with God all things are possible.

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As an FYI, this is pretty much an urban legend that dates from Victorian times. I applaud the effort, but the archeological evidence really doesn't support it. –  Affable Geek Sep 16 '13 at 12:59
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@AffableGeek: Yes. According to the NET Bible's notes, "The gate in Jerusalem known as 'The Needle’s Eye' was built during the middle ages and was not in existence in Jesus’ day." Fortunately, the wrong analogy (viz., the gate/camel) does not cause us to interpret Jesus' main point incorrectly (viz., it's hard for the rich to enter God's kingdom). –  rhetorician Sep 16 '13 at 14:42
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