Sunday, September 6, 2015

Would Jesus Be a Socialist If He Were Alive Today?

Socialists and 'progressives' love to make this claim, that yes, Jesus would be a liberal socialist; or even a Marxist. Because these government systems are primarily concerned (supposedly) with the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor, they are essentially and truly Christian.

This is a lie, for several reasons. First and foremost, Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world... "(John 18:36), and, "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto God things that are God's" (Mark 12:17).  Also, "The Prince of This World cometh, and he hath nothing in me." (John 14:30).

These words clearly delineate the difference between Heaven and Earth. Our earthly realm is ruled by Satan, one way or another. Nations differ dramatically, and some are more genuinely Judeo-Christian; thus, they have better living standards. But demonic influences still reign. Crimes of every horrific kind still happen. We can't escape these until our lives end. Earthly wealth and power are crude counterfeits of the Creator's wealth and power. He is the Father who sent Jesus and the other prophets to show us the way to the true Kingdom of God. Until the day comes when Jesus returns with power and glory, this world is basically a bootcamp and a minefield for the training of new disciples and prophets. Many of our ancestors understood this, but their knowledge has been lost or frittered away for generations.

Jesus also said, "You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes? Or figs from thistles? ...Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing. but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matt. 7:16-20).

This is proof that our world is filled with falsehoods and lies, and the fruits of socialists, Marxists, and 'progressives' is chaos and misery. These political people are almost entirely atheists or agnostics, and their god is politics. They are proud of this, and often say people of faith are simple-minded and deluded. They do not know the true God, the super-intelligence behind all things. The list of hellish countries run by these people is long: N. Korea,  Sudan, Zimbabwe, indeed most of Africa. Also, Venezuela, Argentina, and much of S. America. Misery abounds almost everywhere outside of the western world. But now many EU nations along with the United States are headed for collapse and bankruptcy, too. The rise of murderous Islamists threatens the lives and well being of everyone. It's only a matter of time before they acquire nuclear weapons. This is mankind's punishment for turning away from God, and it was prophesied in the 5th Century B.C.E., and again in the 1st Century A.D.

Jesus said, "He who is greatest among you is the servant of all." (Matt. 23:11). Do you see the politicians and leaders of nations humbling themselves and being the servants of all? No. They all, down to the last, aggrandize themselves, live rich lives, abuse their authority, oppress others, and even loot their people and their respective nations. There may be a few exceptions, but I don't know to a certainty. If mankind embraced this idea that we're greatest when we humble ourselves and serve others, it would turn the world upside down. It's the hardest of all God's requests.

There is only one unpardonable sin, wounding the Holy Spirit. The words of truth spoken by Jesus and his disciples are the Holy Spirit. Those who distort or obfuscate these words are committing an unpardonable sin, punishable by unutterably terrible consequences. (Mark 3:28-30).

By this measure Pope Francis is failing badly. He has condemned "unfettered capitalism" as a primary social evil (as if it still existed), and he's tacitly endorsing both socialism and communism, which exist today and are causing immeasurable suffering and misery. He has barely said a word about radical Islam, which is slaughtering Christians today, and would murder him and his people in an instant for their heresy. This is an evil age we live in, and the Pope is unhelpful to say the least.

We are judged by our specific intentions, and their consequences. Whether we talk about God's Law or secular law, intention is the critical factor. What are the specific intentions of the socialists, 'progressives', and Marxists? And the disastrous consequences of their actions tell us everything we need to know about who they truly are.