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This is the third blog in my series on Communism. 

I am sure there will be more in the future.


If you want to read the history of Communism click here.
The second blog in this series talked about North Korea, and what Communism has done to that country.  You can read that post by clicking here.

But now I am going to address why I started this series in the first place.  I keep hearing this idea that Jesus was a socialist.  I hear that if I am a follower of Jesus, and if I believe the Bible I have to be a socialist.  


This blog isn't going to compare capitalism to socialism.
Although I will do a blog about that in the future.  
This blog will compare the teachings of the Bible with the teachings of Socialism.


First of all, the two teachings have one thing in common.  

The Bible and Socialism are against oppressing the poor.  
Proverbs 14:31 says


"Those who exploit the powerless anger their maker,

    while those who are kind to the poor honour God."

This is just one of many verses where the Bible tells us we are not to exploit the poor and we are to show kindness to them.  

The Bible says that true religion is this to help the widows and the orphans in their distress.  

That might sound pretty Marxist to you.  

But now let's talk about the difference.

The Bible tells us to give freely with a cheerful heart.  We give, and God blesses us.  

Socialism takes everything we own and gives it to the government, who then decides who needs it and who doesn't need it.  Everyone ends up oppressed under heavy taxation. 

Let me explain the difference this way.

Let's imagine you go to Tim Horton's and get a coffee.  It is roll up the rim season.  You finish your coffee and then roll up that rim.  WHAT!  You didn't get your normal "please try again" you got a brand new car!!

Now you already have a car.  You actually just finished paying it off.  You have two cars now.  That night you are in bed and you remember hearing about a single mom in town who was struggling.  You think I have two cars.  I could give one of my cars to help that mom.  The next day you deliver a car to this mom.  She is happy, you are even happier because you know you did something to help someone.  

That is what the Bible teaches.

Take that same story.  But this time the government says, you have two cars.  You can't actually own either of them.  I am going to take both cars, and then I will look at your situation if I think you need a car I will give you one.  

That is socialism.

Under socialism, there is no private property.
But does the Bible teach private property?  
Well the 8th commandment is "don't steal"  

But if that is not clear enough the 10th commandment is very clear.
"Don't covet your neighbours' house, wife, or possessions."

Which is another HUGE reason you can't be a Christian and a socialist.  The entire movement of socialism rest on the need for the people to covet the house and possession of the upper class.  

Socialism vs Christianity
Covetting vs contentment

But you might be saying, what about the early church? Didn't they give everything they had and live together in a community?

Yes.  The early church did live that way, they were not commanded to live that way.  However, the church was commanded to care for the widows and orphans in the church.  There were some guidelines, however.

  • 2 Thess 3:10 states that anyone who was not willing to work would not eat.
  • 1 Tim 5:10 stated that widows who the church helped needed to have a reputation for good works.  
  • The church was only supposed to help if there was no family to help. 
  • 1 Tim 5:8 told families if they didn't care for members of their families they had denied their faith and were actually worse than people who had no faith.

Families is another way Socialism doesn't work with Christianity.
Friedrich Engles one of the founders of the socialist movement said he wanted a society where the family was not the economic unit.  He wanted the care and the education of the children to be done by the public and not by the family.

Christianity, on the other hand, is built around the family unit.  

The last reason I know Socialism is not from God is that it doesn't work.

If you do things God's way, it will be successful.  Socialism has never been successful.  The only places where it is mildly successful is where capitalism is still keeping the country afloat.  However, any country that fully embracing socialism ends with the oppression, and starvation of its citizens.  

The truth is you can't be Christian and a Socialist.  
The Socialists get this.
That's why the first ones murdered under socialism are often the Christians.
That's why the Bible is banned in socialist and communist countries. 

So why according to the recent Barna Poll do
24% of people believe Jesus would support Socialism?  
Why did only 14% believe Jesus would support Capitalism. 
Why was 62% unsure?

I'm guessing they haven't read the bible.  


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