Leo Tolstoy Archive

The Teaching of Christ Narrated for Children
Chapter 28

Written: 1908
Source: From RevoltLib.com
Transcription/Markup: Andy Carloff
Online Source: RevoltLib.com; 2021

Leo Tolstoy

Once a man came to Jesus, fell on his knees before him and said: “Blessed teacher, tell me, what should I do to get eternal life?” Jesus said: “Why do you call me blessed? No one is blessed except God alone. You know the commandments, follow them.” And the man said: “Commandments are many. Which ones?” And Jesus said: “Do not kill, do not have lust for sex, don’t lie, don’t hurt anyone, honor your father and mother.” And the man said: "These commandments I follow from my youth.” Jesus looked at him, loved him, and said: “There is one thing that you lack - sell all you have, sell and give that to the poor.” And the man got confused and walked away in silence, because he had a lot of possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples: “Here you can see how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were horrified at these words, and Jesus reiterated and said: "Yes, kids, it's hard, hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”And they got terrified even more and spoke among each other: “If we rid of everything, how we’ll live after that, - we’ll freeze, die of hunger.” Christ said: “It only seems so scary to a man of flesh, but to a man of spirit it is easy. Anyone who will believe in this and test it, he’ll know that this is true.” (Mark 10, 17-27)

1) What did the rich man ask Jesus about?
2) What did Jesus answer?
3) What did the students say?
4) What did Jesus say?