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Correction (should have read): So if the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18) could have been rationally convinced that selling everything to follow Jesus served his best enlightened self-interest, then he would have done so (sold everything), instead of walking away sad? Jim
So if the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18) could have been rationally convinced that selling everything to follow Jesus served his best enlightened self-interest, then he would not have done so, instead of walking away sad? Isn’t there something insufficiently granular and even arbitrary about Jesus’s concrete judgments in letting people like the rich young ruler walk away, while selecting and hanging on to the twelve who kept messing up their own self-interest (“who is the greatest?”) by confusing it with the Kingdom? I’m not in disagreement with the definitions of self-interest, nor the win-win-win equation above; but, there’s something unequivocally harsh about Jesus’s higher bar to the rich young ruler. I don't mean this comment to list into moralizing. Are there question marks interrupting the chain of win-?-win, in God's real life, applied judgments? It’s almost like Jesus takes the rich young ruler into a non-linear dynamical economy, where the smallest error in his judgment had catastrophic consequences. We’re just not built to handle uncertainty. Not real uncertainty. No matter how many win-win-win equations are chiseled into stones. Jim http://www.blogger.com/profile/07674489078935633842