Originally posted by sleeper
I have heard that the streets in heaven are paved of gold.
Are you referring to Rev. 21 where it says:
18: And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19: And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second,
sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20: The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh,
a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21: And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were
I don't think this is the same "gold" as the soft, yellowish metal that humans have commonly traded as currency, throughout history. It seems to
me, that this description is more metaphorical in meaning than literal.
If wealth is good enough for God, and we being his offspring---then wealth is a good thing, right?
Perhaps it is those with lots of money and wealth that are more in tune with their father (God).
To be wealthy, is neither here nor there, when it comes to being "in tune" with God. If a wealthy person was able to realize the temporary and
corrupting nature of material wealth, and could give it all up without a second thought, there would be no conflict with his spiritual nature.
The reason that Jesus said it is "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" is because
in most cases rich men are rich due to their obsession with material gain. They focus so much on having all the comforts in this life that they are
unable to separate themselves from them, even at death.
This is why many great spiritual leaders have shunned material possessions and instead lived a life of "poverty". They knew that if they wanted to
be pure in spirit they had to rid themselves of anything that would tie them to this temporary shell of existence.
Hence the teachings of Jesus in the "Sermon on the Mount":
 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye
cannot serve God and mammon.
 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put
on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not
much better than they?
 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye
of little faith?
 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek
for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil