Oath of Poverty?
The New Testament says (in multiple places) that the wealthy are not going to reach heaven.
However, the OLD TESTAMENT SEEMS TO CONDONE WEALTH. (and tithes, charity)
Good LORD! If this is the only way then I don't know how anybody's gonna get to heaven. I'll pray and ask if the LORD if he wanted only the first disciples to walk that way, or if it was planned for EVERY Christian. Well. Can you imagine living life that way?
JESUS SAID LIVE ACCORDING TO THESE GUIDELINES:
love your enemy,
never judge one another,
give what is asked of you, and then some,
Spread the Word,
love your neighbor as yourself,
keep the commandments, keep faith,
and love the LORD with all your heart, all your mind and all your soul.
Specifics of the Gospel:
Around the time of 0 AD, The LORD was looking for someone to fill the role of "sacrificial lamb" for man kind. He looked over the entire earth and didn't find even ONE person who was pure enough to fill the role. So he sent his holy spirit to the womb of the virgin Mary, and Jesus Christ was conceived.
There is a long and short of the question and of the answer.
The EASIEST account: Salvation occurs when a person accepts the fact that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and that he died on the cross in order to win forgiveness for the sins of all mankind.
I've Heard some people try to make the claim that since Jesus died on the cross we no longer need to keep the commandments or the law. IT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE.
Jesus instructed his apostles NOT TO SIN, and he, of all people, knew of the role he was going to fill [with regard to salvation].
9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14For if ye forgive men their tre
This Sermon has always seemed useful to me, but I cannot claim to fully understand portions of it.
From Matthew 5, the Sermon on the Mount
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou
"Trust me. I know what I'm doing." -- Sledge Hammer