From: Noel Maddy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Feb 05 1998 - 12:38:09 EST
[KAMIILON through a metaphorical or actual needle...]
Andrew Kulikovsky wrote:
> The harshness of the saying is always there as long as we put
> away this idea that "the idea of a needle" is some kind of gate...
And this harshness is necessitated, IMHO, by the disciples' response.
TIS ARA DUNATAI SWQHNAI (Matthew) -- if it *were* just a small gate,
and the rich man/camel had to remove all his belongings/packs, then
why would they immediately think that it would be difficult for
*anyone* to be saved? -- they weren't all that rich, themselves.
And Jesus' response, "PARA ANQRWPOIS TOUTO ADUNATON ESTIN,
PARA DE QEWi PANTA DUNATA", indicates that their surprise
was completely warranted -- that his original statement was
that salvation is impossible for man, rather than just difficult.
-- -- 'Tis a poor sort of truth that needs *my* commitment. --
Noel Maddy <email@example.com>
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