First, you HAVE to know the culture to make such responses. Christ told them that it was difficult for a rich man to enter the kngdom of heaven....to
which his disciples freaked out....andhe pointed out that through God, anything's possible, lol...menaing a rich man CAN get into heaven with his
earhtly money intact. Go and look up Annias and Saphira, people go to this and say that's why you are supposed to give all your money to God, and
totally lissd the point. A&S could have given part of the money from their land proceeds, and no one would have cared. Hell, they could keep it
all, it was theirs to deal with. Another place, Christ praised a widow who put in less than a penny's worth of money while totally ignoring the
scack of money that the rich men gave...because she gave all that she had, while other's gave what they had no need to keep. If Christ was an ouriht
communist, this would have never happened.
Christinaity points out that one who will not take care of his own is worse than an athiest (acutal word is infidel). But one who abuses his money
(throws it away without thought to how to use it) is jsut about as bad. Communism is a everone will have the same thing system (until it's abused),
while the Christian system is one of giving as people have need, and not beyond your means, especially not beyond what you are willing to part
Money Changers: Yes, they were making money out of religion....swindling people who just wanted to worship their God. Guess how many TV Evangelists
would get the whip from Christ now-a-days?
This is a good reason why communism CANNOT be that closely related to christinity, right here. This
is supposed to be a thing of you willingly doing stuff for the poor and helpless, not being forced to.
24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple taxi came to Peter and said, "Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?"j 25He said,
"Yes, he does." And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or
tribute? From their children or from others?" 26When Peterk said, "From others," Jesus said to him, "Then the children are free. 27However, so
that we do not give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a
coin;l take that and give it to them for you and me."
I have always said their was a similarity between the two, but there's a lot of diffrence between them. In christinity, you give as you can handle
giving, to those who need help, as they need it....this is not where you force everyone to be on the same level. This is not where you take from one
to give to the other out of force. Nor is it something where you prepare a feast for one poor person at the expense of the rich (I'm thinking about
. Now as to how both degenrated over the years, yeah, both ideals did degenerate into this gimme all your money; it is now mine type
mentality. I know of several popes, due to their treatment of people, fit profile of those Christ said were going to hell, in danger of hell,
whatever. I personally expect to see some, if not close to all, of the popes burning in a lake of fire. The title does not a true christin make. You
could tell what type of monsters they were by what they did to people "in the name of christ".
There are scriptures against not working. There are scriptures that praise those who work hard enough to gain money. There are scriptures against
what tax collectors of that time did.