Are The Rich Condemned To Eternal Damnation?
What you do with your wealth could be holding you back.
In Luke 16:19-25, Jesus describes a rich man who dies and is sent to Hades to be tormented while Lazarus is carried away by the angels to be with Abraham.
"19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 "The time came when the beggar died, and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 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.'
25 "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.
In Matthew 19:24, Jesus tells his disciples" It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
All these passages can make us question why the rich are exempt from God's grace and whether there is anything they can do to avoid being banished to Hades. The answer, in this case, is more straightforward than you think.
No, Jesus doesn't despise the rich. But money has the power to corrupt the Christian heart, and that's what he cautions us about. Proverbs 11:23-26 tells us, "The desire of the righteous is only good, and therefore it, being in accordance with the will of God, is granted to them."
He instructs the rich not to be arrogant, but instead to do good things, be generous and share their bountiful gifts with those less fortunate. In doing this they will be living in Christ and grow spiritually richer in the process.
Jesus also warns us about amassing wealth through deceitful ways. In 1 Timothy 6:9-10, he says, "9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
If we look around us, there are numerous instances of the love of money leading man towards ruin and destruction and away from God. Since only the righteous will enter the kingdom of God, perhaps riches and wealth must be seen differently. If the rich live a Christian life and value the richness of their souls more than money, their faith will be rewarded. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" Mark 8:36
Finally, we see throughout the Bible warnings that tell us about the wanting fleshly gratification and possessions doesn't come from the Father but the arrogance of the world. But the end of days nears, and the world will fade into oblivion. Only the children of God who repent and live by his word will be saved.