Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
Why is it so hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven?
It’s about what makes you rich. To become rich, you have to value the next dollar more than the current one. And as long as your goal is always to have more than you have right now, you’ll never get there. So your life becomes a pursuit of the next dollar, and as a result, you become rich.
At any point, a rich man can give money away. So to continue to accumulate, a rich man must also value his accumulation over the needs of others. As he looks forward to a point when he will be even richer than he is right now, the poor look forward to a time when their basic needs are met.
If the rich man realized that his time on this planet was fleeting and his money would not come with him to the next life, why would he value it over the needs of others? He must not believe in the afterlife. And if it doesn’t, he does’t believe in God, Jesus, or salvation.