Let me add a few words about the reply to the
last devotional thoughts by Mr. Varghese in
But the bible words teach us that a rich man's wish
and ignorance that he can inherit eternal life with
his richness. Jesus replies that richness is not
the criteria for inheriting the enternal life. Though
he was rich, he was not following the five commandments
pointed out by Jesus. Jesus might have known that he
became rich by foul means not obeying the commandments
in his life.
My sincere intention was to mention that the ruler,
even though he was immensely rich, he was willing to
enquire the way to eternal life. Many of us are not
at all bothered to have an initiative to achieve eternity,
though we have achieved so many guide lines for it.
That's all. The portion of the Scripture under discussion
is not telling specifically that the ruler was not
practicing the five commandments pointed out by our Lord.
(The ruler has stated that he was following those
commandments from his childhood. Why can't we take those
words in the face value?) Still our Lord is telling that
he has a draw back. I am sure that if our Lord is counting
my drawbacks, they will be innumerable.
All of you must kindly pray for me too. At the same time,
the Holy Bible does not deny the entry of a rich man into
heaven. But the rich as well as the poor have to follow
certain principles. If one has accumulated wealth through
the illegal/undesirable ways, and if donations/contributions
to any noble deeds/causes are made from such funds, God will
not get pleased in them. See the experience of Zachaeus.
When our Lord visited his house, he was much upset and as
a result of his repentance he said "I will give half of my
savings to the poor". Our Lord did not get pleased in the
offer. Finally when he said, if I have taken anything from
any man by false accusation, I restore him four fold", our
Lord blessed him saying that this day salvation has come to
this house, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham.
(St. Luke 29: 8-10) Our God wants me and you. After
submitting ourselves to God's disposal, He will accept
any of ours.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril.