I am responding here several posts at once but this quote is the most important to me. To be good in a moral sense we need to sort information in a way that we are not drowned by the unimportant and the sidetracking especially when information seem to conflict. It's the key sign of the evil that they always find something that sounds related to the subject but is sidetracking us from main moral questions.
Jesus did not have a fixed home anymore when he dedicated himself to god so his lifestyle is comparable to the poorest today although they now have simple cell phones and so on so we should live as poor as the poor of our countries and times if we want to follow him.
In the case of the clothing Jesus mentioned that in the face of violence you should do this:
"If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also." If in the face of open injustice against you you should not cling to your cloths but in the face of poverty of someone else you should cling to them and be greedy? Greed is one of the seven sins (talking of important points highlighted unoverlookable in the bible so that they may not be overlooked). And no: it does not safe you that some poor people are greedy to; statistically the poor are less greedy because they donate more income than the rich. I am a thief because some other people are thieves too and that it is ok - or what is the logic of pointing to greed in others?
All the time you invested in buying, renting, decorating (!) said home is time lost for encountering Jesus and encountering god by encounterin his children in their suffering. I know that some sort of shelter is needed in cold climate but does your home really look like the shelter of a modern nun? Because there are lots of Christian traditions already on how to live poor and not die on the street.
The main feature of Satan is, that he gets very talky when he wants to reason himself out of his deeds. Jesus is tolerant to the rich to a certain degree - because he is Jesus, the most tolerant beeing ever in existance - but that does not mean that he wants us to emulate that lifestyle of said rich by tolerating our own greed. We should tolerate the rich too as we should be tolerant in general- but not in the moment where they dilute and destroy religion with false teaching. What then did Jesus die for when we do not listen to him? How sad must he be? So listen to him and FEEL what he says:
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Maybe you can go to heaven when you are not as extreme as this widow but I am pretty sure you get the corner furthest away from Jesus. If that is your true aim so be it.
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God...’ One can come to the kingdome of god by making oneself poor through donating hence
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor (no qualification here into the lazy and the non believers and so on), and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.
Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.’
I am shocked by the bigot judgmental, icecold way in which many in this forum threat the poor. While Jesus gives me warmth you give death and contempt. I have no heart whatsover for superficiality of religion of this sort. For me the heart is another word for the soul by the way. Attacking this is what we in Germany would call "splitting the hairs". Splitting the hairs has never led to any meaningfull spiritual insight. Would you exclude children or the mentally disbaled because they do not use every word as perfect- and sorry - dead - as you do? Tree of knowledge, knowledge of words, does that ring anything in you? I have friends in Africa and I see that they are still living their believe instead of wasting there time on splitting hairs and engaging in artful twisting of words. I will go for there guidance because you have nothing to teach me. I see that some people here agree and want to help me but I can not stand the level of ice of the rest. It's killing, freezening, poisoning.
For you the mentioining of sacrifices here is an empty word that sounds good but means nothing. What do you sacrfice to god? A candle? Or something like the last money of the widow - something that is really difficult to give away?
And that I can not talk on Americans because I am not one is an ad hominem attack again. Do you not talk about atheists because you are not one of them?! I am rolling on the floor with laughter when I see this degree of censorship. Welcome the opinions from others: from the outside of a house errors can be spotted that are not visible from the inside.