From the Holy Bible, the words of the almighty creator of the universe:
19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Seems pretty straight forward no? Thankfully, if you’re a Christian you CAN safely ignore the words of the almighty creator of the universe because… you know… it’s not convenient and anyway, Jesus wasn’t speaking to Christians (this quote from a Christian’s comment on this site):
Jesus was making a point and exposing the rich man, that he cared more about his fortune and wealth than he did about God. It is not an instruction to Christians to sell all their stuff.
Well, isn’t that convenient. Makes me wonder which bits were meant for Christians then and how do you decide which parts of the Bible were directed at you, exactly?
Here’s a quote commonly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi but he might not actually have said it. I think the point stands though:
I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
The actual quote is attributed to Bara Dada (Source – Jones, E. Stanley. The Christ of the Indian Road, New York: The Abingdon Press,1925. (Page 114)):
Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians — you are not like him.
I agree, most Christians are very much unlike the Christ they claim to worship but I don’t find that to be a problem. What disturbs me is that most of them aren’t even trying…
What was is about Jesus, little children and something about asking and receiving…
I thieved that picture from @DanielFlorien (with much gratitude of course).