Friday, October 21, 2016

"thou shalt have treasure in heaven" - Worldly Riches and Heavenly Wealth

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Worldly Riches and Heavenly Wealth

One's life is directed to either this world or Heaven.

To live a rich life is the most commonly observed goal of life for people.  But there are a few people who put the highest priority on living life for the purpose of entering Heaven.

For many people, to do anything including evil things so as to be rich is a matter of course.  But there are a few people who are determined to do anything good and avoid evil things so as to enter Heaven.

But most of people feel something bad when they have done something evil as to be rich.  People have to choose how much they will accept evil things or how much they will conduct evil things to earn money or secure their status in society.  It depends on how much they can neglect their conscience that tells them doing evil things is so horrible as it denies a possibility to be allowed to enter Heaven.

To our astonishment, there are even Christian priests who cannot understand what Heaven is but know how advantageous to live and work as Christian priests.  Some of them have conscience as little as common criminals.

If there is no such thing as Heaven, all the people will concentrate on efforts to live rich lives in this world, since there is nothing better than rich lives in this world.  And, all the people would do any evil things to earn money and big money.  And they will lose conscience because it is of no use for becoming rich, so that there will be no restriction on human behaviors in the end.  Those who have lost hope of becoming rich would attack, harm, and kill rich people.

But if you believe the words of Christ Jesus, you will believe that there is Heaven, and your souls will be allowed to enter Heaven when your souls depart this world after your physical bodies die.

And, Christ Jesus said that we can accumulate and have treasure in Heaven, which means we can be rich in Heaven.  But to be rich in Heave, we are not allowed accumulate wealth in this world, since such an act would invoke evil and wickedness that condition us to going to the hell.

Now the world is full of riches, products, and services.  The material civilization has reached to a very high level of success.  The world consists of various economic, political, and social systems where the notion that people should try to be rich as much as possible is taken as a matter of course.  However, there are influences from Heaven.  These systems have been built and operated so as not to pose serious challenges to human conscience.  Accordingly, there is a kind of balance between good and evil in this world.  However riches in this world can be easily seen, while treasure in Heaven cannot be seen.  People are mostly engaged in the worldly activities though their actions are somehow limited by influences of Heaven.

Put simply, you have to clearly see these two directions to live life expected by God: to worldly riches and to Heavenly wealth.

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Mar 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.