The Rich and the Kingdom of God

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
“Why do you ask me about what is good?”Jesus replied.“There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
“Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied,“You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
Jesus answered,“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 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.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible,but with God all things are possible.”

The Rich Man and Lazarus

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with soresand longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,for I have five brothers.
Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
“No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”

The Widow’s Offering

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury.
Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Treasures in Heaven

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

20 Richest People in 2018 – listed by Forbes Magazine


#1 Jeff Bezos (USA)

Wealth: USD 112 Billion

#2 Bill Gates (USA)

Wealth: USD 90 Billion

#3 Warren Buffett (USA)

Wealth: USD 84 Billion

#4 Bernard Arnault & family (France)

Wealth: USD 72 Billion

#5 Mark Zuckerberg (USA)

Wealth: USD 71 Billion

#6 Amancio Ortega (Spain)

Wealth: USD 71 Billion

#7 Carlos Slim Helu & family (Mexico)

Wealth: USD 67 Billion

#8 Charles Koch (USA)

Wealth: USD 60 Billion

#8 David Koch (USA)

Wealth: USD 60 Billion

#10 Larry Ellison (USA)

Wealth: USD 58 Billion

#11 Michael Bloomberg (USA)         Wealth: USD 50 Billion

#12 Larry Page (USA)                        Wealth: USD 48,8 Billion

#13 Sergey Brin (USA)                       Wealth: USD 47,5 Billion


#14 Jim Walton (USA)                        Wealth: USD 46,4 Billion


#15 S. Robson Walton (USA)             Wealth: USD 46,2 Billion

#16 Alice Walton (USA)                      Wealth: USD 46 Billion

#17 Ma Huateng (China)                    Wealth: USD 45,3 Billion

#18 Francoise Bettencourt                Wealth: USD 42,2 Billion
Meyers & family (France)

#19 Mukesh Ambani (India)               Wealth: USD 40,1 Billion

#20 Jack Ma (China)                          Wealth: USD 39 Billion

Why No Saudi Arabians Made The Forbes Billionaires List in Year 2018

It's hard to imagine a faster or more audacious way to obtain billions of dollars than the route recently taken by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: force the country's richest people to turn over their personal fortunes to the state as part of an "anticorruption campaign."

Late last year the 32-year-old heir to the throne locked up a group of Saudi billionaires and other businessmen at an ultra-luxe prison--the 492-room, palm-lined Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. Some were his own relatives, including Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, 62, the most recognizable Saudi mogul in the West.

At least 3 other Saudi billionaires from Forbes’ 2017 list were reportedly detained. No official list of the detainees’ names was released; the press attaché at the Saudi Embassy in Washington D.C. told Forbes that it didn’t have information on specific individuals due to Saudi privacy laws.

Story by Forbes Magazine