Sell All You Have
Sell everything you have and give to the poor. Luke 18:22
Not surprisingly, the Christians have found a loop hole that enables them to avoid this particular ruling. They point out that Jesus was talking to just one man so the rule applied only him and not to everyone else; certainly not to 21st Century Christians with television sets and washing machines.
But there is another bible text where Jesus makes it clear that he wants everybody to sell their possessions (not just that one man). Jesus was talking to all Christians - the whole flock of them - when he said:
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Luke 12:32-33
Once again though, the true believers have found a loophole: Jesus didn't include the word "all" in this particular message, and therefore the Christians are not required to sell all their possessions, just some of them; the non-essentials.
So now the trick is to define the word "non-essential". I'm only guessing, but I imagine that most Christians will find a way to put their television sets and washing machines onto the list of "essentials". Wouldn't want to have them washing clothes by hand, would we?
Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting they should sell all of their possessions - it's a stupid rule and nobody should have to obey it. I'm just laughing at the Christians who secretly agree that it is a stupid rule and disobey it for that very reason - and then turn around and say that unbelievers who don't accept the words of Jesus are doomed to spend eternity in the fires of hell.
The word "hypocrite" springs to mind.