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Eye Of The Needle Meaning

What is the origin of the explanation of the 'eye of the needle' with the larger door and smaller door leading into the city from Matthew and Mark Right now I've got it traced back to the 11th century from Theophylact of Bulgaria. I'm interested to see what you all have to say!

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A friend was on a tour and the guide was telling that story about the belly-crawling camels. He asked if there had been such a gate. "Oh, no," He said, "But the tourists like to hear it!" St. John Chrysostom preached really well about greed perpetuating poverty. Today preachers add, "not that there's anything wrong with being rich!" while the fat "suits" beam, and folks on the back row mentally count their remaining food stamps!
---Robert_Easter on 9/27/07

Christima::"Yes with man this is impossible but with god it is possible "gives us hope"."Follow me" He says "Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect" ---So it is possible according to Jesus our saviour, or else why are so many saints in Heaven.Heaven is made of Saints NOT sinners.Sinners who REPENT and exemplify themselves are proof of this statement.
---Emcee on 9/26/07

I love these verses, matt 19:24-26 "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?" 26Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." It gives such hope, that although it is impossible for us to save ourselves/earn salvation, it's possible for God
---christina on 9/25/07

Dawn :: That is true & the camel had to crawl on its knees to get through this gate Now compare this to a rich pompous stinking filthy Rich man cannot get through the gate of Heaven.can you see the impossibility jesus says No ever which way,he tries he is denied admittance.
---Emcee on 9/25/07

my pastor said that back in the time of Jesus there was a gate that went into Jerusalem that was called "The eye of a needle" and in order to for camel to get thru that gate they would have to be stripped of everything they were carrying and change their position in order to fit.
---Dawn5953 on 9/25/07

In Proper Context of Christ's Saying, the "Camel" was understood by His Listeners to be the more-expensive Camel-Hair ROPE of those days, and the 'Needle' He Spake of was a Common-like Needle as we know it.
---Religiosopher on 9/12/07

Well I must use the word actually once again. Actually I do not know where the term "eye of the needle" comes from, my understanding is that this name was given to a low opening in the wall that surrounds Jerusalem that camels crawled through on their knees.
---Mima on 8/31/07

To answer your question in truth and not speculation as many love to do. The eye of the needle was an entrance or archway leading into the ancient cities. Camels would have to kneel down almost to the ground and crawl through the opening. They were too high to walk. That is why it is easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle. rich men will not kneel and drag their way in. they are too arrogant and greedy and not humble to kneel before God.
---Lori on 8/31/07

what is the literal "eye of the needle" though? That's what I'm asking. Is it a literal needle or is it the door entering a city, and if it is the city door what was the origin of that?
---Tyler on 8/31/07

#-1-Matthew 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." This passage is speaking of actual camel and actual needle. Proof of this is offered in what Jesus says in Matthew 19:26 where Jesus plainly says "with men it is impossible" of course it is not impossible with men to get a physical camel to go to its knees to crawl through the hole in the wall of Jerusalem!
---Mima on 8/30/07

#2-Matthew 19:26,"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Here Jesus must be speaking about an actual camel going through an actual needle, with men that is impossible, but with God all things are possible, as Jesus so plainly explains to them.--- again it is possible(with men) for camel to get on knees and go through the wall. But it is impossible for actual camel to go through the eye of a needle except with God!!!
---Mima on 8/30/07

Andrea:I concur with one eye it also takes patience, wet it, lick it, get it stiff, & push it gently.Valla the needle is threaded.
---Emcee on 8/28/07

Greetings to you Earl, with blessings of Peace.
---Emcee on 8/28/07 are right. The "eye of the needle" still exists today. My husband saw it when he went to Israel years ago.
---Susie on 8/28/07

Have you ever threaded a needle?
It takes focus and good eyes.
---Andrea on 8/28/07

greetings.Emcee.Ive read it .Ive also stated the saying unedited.Good to hear from you Emcee.
---earl on 8/28/07

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greetings.Emcee.p2.The Jews would not have made the statement,'Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to go to heaven'.The Jews believed that wealth was a sign of favor from God.Jesus revised the saying of the Jews which is what we read today.For the self satisfied rich man is like the parable Jesus taught on the man who filled his barn to capacity and built another and filled it also then he died leaving his heirs to fighting over it.Wealth has no favor with God,just faith
---earl on 8/28/07

My understanding of this text is that the entrance to Petra, the city carved out of the hills, was called 'the eye of the needle'. The loaded camel's had to kneel and crawl through to the town. Required alot of work, patience, and training of the camels.
---dan on 8/28/07

Earl::Read Matt16:24 it is about richmen not heathens.
---Emcee on 8/28/07

greetings.In Jesus' day there was a saying 'It is easier for a camel to go through the needle's eye than for a heathen to inherit eternal life'
---earl on 8/28/07

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