In various parables Jesus emphasized the need for mortals to overcome the desire for the accumulation of material things, a mental state as common to humanity then as now, in order to gain spiritual riches, the spiritual understanding of God and His universe, and to lay hold of lasting treasure, eternal life. The rich man in the parable, whose grounds had brought forth so abundantly that his barns would no longer contain his harvest, proposed to replace his storehouses with greater ones, that he might lay up more of what he believed to be the substance necessary to his enjoyment, that is, material things.
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