Jesus was neither a Capitalist nor a Socialist

I think that Doug would agree with me. To use Scripture to support our modern economic theories which are not based on Scripture is heinous:

But to understand just how non-capitalistic Christianity is supposed to be we turn to the first chapter after the gospels, Acts, which describes the events of the early church. Chapters 2 and 4 state that all “the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need… No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…. There were no needy persons among them. From time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”

Now folks, that’s outright socialism of the type described millennia later by Marx – who likely got the general idea from the gospels.

From Jesus’ socialism to capitalistic Christianity – Guest Voices – The Washington Post.

So the post goes on to basically say that the Bible hopes for a socialistic utopia. No, that is my dream ;), not Scripture’s.

Anyway, it is a good post which I hope you read.

And here is another article from a previous year which might be of some interest.

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4 Replies to “Jesus was neither a Capitalist nor a Socialist”

  1. Socialism involves a capitalist/Adam Smith view of labor/producer relations. Scripture does not affirm that view, therefore, Jesus not a socialist

  2. “Redistribution of wealth” and “socialism” constantly mentioned by Republicans, is different than providing a basic level of food, housing, medical care, and education to all, regardless of their place on the social structure. A government needs to provide these basic needs, since the good “Christians” in the Republican party will not do it through their tithes to their church (i.e. Perry). No other vehicle is available, other than the government. But this is not saying everyone will have two chickens in their pot, or two BMW’s in their garage. When I see the poor having a couple vacation homes in Burmuda and Hawaii, I’ll start worrying about CEO money going to the poor.

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