John Ransom

Emberato wrote: What must I do to obtain Eternal Life?, the rich man asked."Keep the Commandments," Jesus said to the RICH Wall Street Broker."This I have done my whole life' replied the CEO of the world's largest bank. "Sell all that you have and give it to the Poor; then you can follow me." Yeshua HaMashiah COMMANDED. The man sadly departed; as he was VERY rich---and did not want to share through voluntarily giving... Catholic Capitalist Replies To The Pope

Dear Comrade Emberato,

Yes, except Jesus didn’t say that to a rich, Wall Street broker. He said it to the rich man.

As a priest pointed out to me a few weeks ago, whenever somebody goes by the name “rich man” in the bible, it doesn’t end well for him.

That’s because it denotes what is most important to the man.

But it’s not the quality that is most important to Jesus.

Jesus, being the Son of God, knew that while the rich man observed all the rites and rituals and commandments, his wealth was more important to him than anything.

There are plenty of people in the bible with whom God and Jesus are pleased and who are also rich.

Joseph of Arimathea is a notable example. Joseph provided the burial tomb for Jesus. King Solomon was reputed to be the richest- and wisest- of men in his time and he was most favored by God.

Proverbs 19:17 - He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

1 Samuel 2:7 - The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

Proverbs 13:7- There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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