Was Christ a Socialist?
Posted by Wickedpinto on November 4, 2010
I always hate talking religion, simply because of my own personal beliefs, which basically don’t exist, but Alex Knapp at OTB puts this up.
Their closing line is.
But generosity to the poor is a fundamental Judeo-Christian principle, and it’s nonsensical to simultaneously believe that the country’s government is based on Judeo-Christian principles and then be opposed the government operating on those principles.
Well, I would say, WRONG. The reason isn’t that I say Christianity doesn’t support charity, it does, to a great degree. I DO say that Christ in the passages quoted (go there and read it, it’s not a big read) is talking precisely about charity. What the government does isn’t charity, it’s coercion. It’s actually kinda Ironic that I would be the one saying this, for anyone who knows me would agree about how unfit I am to speak on this, but even in the text of his second quote they prove their own point incorrect. The young man of wealth was negotiating with The Christ and was given the terms of his contract for eternity, and decided he didn’t like the terms. So after the young man of wealth turned down the offer and walked away, Jesus didn’t send peter to tackle the kid and take his wealth, he simply let the kid decide if he felt the exchange was a worthy use of his wealth, to which the kid apparently said no. Sounds like a Contract to me, which is foundational to capitalism. Young man of wealth kept his gold, but Jesus didn’t provide him the service.
Another quote from the bible, which seems quite non distribution of wealthy.
4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.b” 6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
See? Even The Christ accepts charity, rather than taking it away from Mary and giving it to someone else. That uncharitable prick, Jesus The Christ, didn’t he know that he was a redistributor of wealth?
I don’t write this for any reason other than that I friggen HATE people invoking scripture to rationalize their own personal social and political biases.
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