Why does Jesus say that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven?
Jesus is not saying it is impossible, but rather unlikely, due to the fact that many rich people strive so hard to either hang on to their riches or to make more than they really need. The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil. Money can be a major distraction from God and the things of God for man.
Recalling the story of the rich ruler that approached Jesus in Luke 18, he asked the Lord what he must do to be saved (have eternal life). Jesus told him that he must sell all that he has to the poor and follow Him. Often people get confused, believing this to mean that Jesus was instructing us all to do this. Jesus knew this man had kept much of the law since His youth, however, Jesus also knew this man was clinging to his money more than to God. Ultimately, he was pointing out to the man his sin. The Lord does not ask everyone to do what he told this man to do, but we should be ready to part from our earthly treasures at any time. We need to frequently examine ourselves to see if money or anything on this earth stands between us and a right relationship with the Lord. Is there any one particular thing that you would not be willing to give up if you were asked to by the Lord?