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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Was Jesus a Socialist?

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Nope He is the KING !

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This begins with scripture, then decays into a ramble of seemingly disjointed observations.

 

Gal, 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

 

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is within your power to act.
 

Eph, 4:28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need.
 

2 Thes, 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

1 Thes, 4:11 and to aspire to live quietly, to attend to your own matters, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you.
 

Prov 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

 

1 Tim 5:9 If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. A widow should be enrolled if she is at least sixty years old, the wife of one man, 10and well known for good deeds such as bringing up children, entertaining strangers, washing the feet of the saints, imparting relief to the afflicted, and devoting herself to every good work.…

 

Luke 10:30 A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

This is not to be mistaken as a long term welfare program. It was temp assistance to a fellow man in need. Personally, I see entitling the healthy and lazy as a disservice to both them and the truly hungry, sick who need a hand. Why wastes resources on a bum?

 

Socialism? Acts, 2:43 A sense of awe came over everyone, and the apostles performed many wonders and signs. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they shared with anyone who was in need.

With one accord they continued to meet daily in the temple courts and to break bread from house to house, sharing their meals with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

 

While this group may have been overcome with a sense of awe and decided to share everything scripture does not teach sharing everything, nor does it teach giving for self glory as did Ananias and Sapphira.

 

2 Cor, 9:7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

And therein may lie the answer. It is not for the Godless, loquacious, duplicitous jesters in our political court, nor the obstreperous crowds to shove a socialist agenda, an acceptance of queerdom, vote buying welfare promises and the anarchistic, hedonistic mobs to dictate…….. or is it, has the church relinquished its right to intervene having given over the care for the needy to government?

 

One might argue that we are to submit to government authority, yet we don’t live under kings as at the time of the early church, we have a voice.

 

Does Socialism always become Communistic? I suppose that when power and authority is relinquished to a central government the need for fiscal control over the beneficiaries facilitates the need for stricter guidelines and tighter discipline.

 

Marxism at its core is a lofty ideal. I don’t know that it can ever be implemented in a pure sense. It fails to factor in basic human desires. The desire for wealth, greater reward for greater effort. Resentment toward an unfair system that rewards the hard working and the lazy equally. Greed and power are great motivators. And our politicians, while some may have begun with altruistic aspirations, but do any of us believe they aren’t more concerned with re-election to their esteemed position of power and wealth than the concerns of a silent majority? The vociferously obnoxious lost children demand attention.

 

While pure Christianity may have much in common with Marxism, this earth is a cursed divided earth not some utopian fairyland, and well… look around. We humans are in varying degrees an amalgamation of the good, bad, ugly and beautiful. Other than our absolute faith in Gods work through Christ, much of life, consists of a mixture of feelings and thoughts on varied subjects.

 

Christianity is not a mandate, not a communal socialist organizational structure, it is an individual choice to love your neighbor as yourself, the response of a heart to “do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves”.

James, 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

 

Hey, it’s okay. I sometimes shake my head, baffled at the words that appear as my two forefingers scan the keyboard in the quest for clarity.

 

In Christ

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I would have to say yes, as a true theocracy, which is what we would be under if we recognized Jesus as our sovereign, and everyone worked toward pleasing God rather than being focused on being rewarded for own efforts.  A kingdom under His rule would most certainly not be a democracy, as is evidenced by how God structured Israel's government.

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On 7/8/2019 at 2:09 PM, William said:
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I don't think so. Jesus was asserting His authority as the Only Begotten Son of God. And that implies that He has a legal right to command and order all things in this world according to His will. I know that in reading the gospels we find Jesus giving to one and taking from another . He certainly proved this when confronting the proud arrogant Pharisees by challenging their law and comparing it to the law He gave to Moses . They were shocked to learn that we are to love our enemies and be good to those who spitefully use us. That didn't fit well to their law because they believed and taught just the opposite. He selected a certain group of people to spread the gospel message of justification by faith . Many were unreceptive to grace because they spent so many years yielding to the law and the prophets . Nowhere in the Holy Bible is the doctrine of election and predestination taught than by  the new testament writers . Clearly God was showing HIs love and grace to one group of people and completely denying access to His mercy to another. One having a multiple number of promises to a certain group ,while leaving the other empty handed.   M 

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