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Who was the rich ruler in Luke 18:18?

The Bible doesn’t identify the ruler beyond the scant information it provides in Luke 18:18-30, Matthew 19:16-30 and Mark 10:17-31 (we certainly can’t pinpoint a particular, named person). All we know is that he is young (Mat. 19:20,22), rich, religious and a ruler (Luke 18:18). There are a few possibilities about what it meant for the man […]

How can I ask God to take away a desire to be rich?

You say How can I ask God to take away the thought of wanting to be rich? I have struggled financially all of my life and I have gotten to the point where I pray for winnings in the lottery. I don’t like thinking like this, so can you suggest a verse or prayer? Probably […]

Is it a sin to be in debt?

There is only one place where the Bible says we shouldn’t owe anything: Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for […]

What does the Bible say about gambling?

The Bible does not mention the word ‘gambling’, although the soldiers who crucified Jesus were gambling, in a sense, when they cast lots for his garments.  However, the most common motivation for people who gamble is greed, or covetousness, and this is forbidden in the Ten Commandments and Jesus Christ condemns it  (Luke 12:15).  In […]

Should we pay income tax?

To start with, at the time of Jesus, taxes were universally reviled. Tax collectors and prostitutes had the same regard in society. Collection of taxes was corrupt, and the taxes went to either the corrupt and hated priests, or the corrupt and hated Romans. And particularly in the latter case, there was no question concerning […]

Is it a sin to ask God for money?

.. for instance, winning the lottery? Who hasn’t asked for that in their heart at least once? It would be nice wouldn’t it: just think how much injustice you could solve — because that is what you would do with the money isn’t it? hmm. Perhaps it’s not such a good idea after all. Jesus […]

What is the meaning of: “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”?

This is a quotation of Jesus which is found in Matthew 19:24 (parallel passages in Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25). The camel was the largest animal that most of the people Jesus was speaking to would have known about. The eye of a needle is the tiny hole through which the thread goes. The saying can […]