Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bible: Jesus was clearly a liberal socialist

Since conservatives seem to have claimed 'ownership' of religion and 'moral values,' it is also notable that they are ignoring Biblical moral value principles - true to their consistent hypocrisy.

Why was Jesus crucified?

According to Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan, Jesus was a philosopher who argued that true happiness could be found by charity and kindness, not by accumulation of wealth. Jesus argued that Roman commercialism had corrupted Jewish society. Jesus was a trouble maker to the Romans and made his feelings known. The only time Jesus was ever documented in the Gospls using physical force was when he expells the money changers from the temple. The small few elite Jews were getting very rich cooperating with the Romans while most were being dispossessed and taxed into oblivion. Under Roman rule, their society was becoming dominated by a wealthy arrogant elite grinding down on an increasingly desperate working class. This disparity was against the principles of Jesus, and the Bible is clear on these values:
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]

If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. [Matthew 19:21]

You cannot serve both God and Money. [Matthew 6:24.]

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
[1 Timothy 6:10,11]

Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
(Proverbs 23:4,5)

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
(Proverbs 28:8)

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
(Psalm 37:21)

A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
(Proverbs 28:20)

What would Jesus think of Republicans targeting the poorest and weakest among us by cutting funding for community health centers, heating for the poor, foodstamps, and medicare while fighting tooth and nail to protect tax cuts for the most weathy?

During the election, Republicans lied through their teeth - accusing the Democrats of wanting to cut Medicare and SS. Now look at the hypocrites... planning to phase out Medicare for those under 55, cutting programs for the poor and elderly while fighting to preserve a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.

A little history: Note the titles given to these Bush tax cuts for corps and the rich:

Cut #1: Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
Cut #2: Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003
Cut #3: Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005

Well guess what? There was no economic growth and the worst job creation of any modern presidency. The Republican fantasy of trickle down has a proven record of failure, yet they keep sticking to it because of their puppet masters and their innate mental predispostion of not being able to adapt.

This is not to say that Obama is a socialist. We all know where that lie comes from. Like previous presidents, Obama is well connected to the JPMorgan Chase money machine. It just goes to show how hypocrisy runs deep among religious conservatives who now use "socialism" as a dirty word and rallying cry against Democrats.

So, do these GOP generated lies about America becoming consumed by socialism have any bearing in reality? Quite the contrary! America is anything but socialistic. America ranks dead last in social spending among industrialized nations.
(*OECD members)


Serr8d said...

Jesus said plenty about the poor; give to them, or you won't enter Heaven.

Jesus did not say one damned word about Rome (government) giving to the poor, though...

(And remember, He didn't save himself from hanging on that cross; nor did he save the two thieves hanging next to him. Bear that in mind.)

William said...

Wrong again Serr8d. Bible says plenty about Rome, Government and taxes and institutional giving.

"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor." (Romans 13:1-7)

And He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Luke 20:25)

Also in the OT the law of Moses and the Hebrews provided an institutional way of providing for the poor that did not depend on good will of individuals. Not only was individual generosity encouraged, but, as a matter of LAW, part of everyone's produce or income was to be set aside to aid the poor:

"And you shall sow your land for six years and gather in its yield, but on the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the needy of your people may eat; and whatever they leave the beast of the field may eat. You are to do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. (Exodus 23:10-11)

"When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns, and be satisfied. (NAS, Deuteronomy 26:12)

William said...

Readers ... the commenter Serr8d cowardly deletes my coments when I point out inconvenient truths. I am not cowardly like him and don't treat him the same way... I just put him in his place.

He is a very conflicted individual... a follower of the great soialist liberal Jesus Christ, yet he touts Ayn Rand who spits in the face of Christianity. Same guy who posts upskirt photos of cheerleaders then calls women 'skanks' when they demand human rights and reproductive choice. Sounds like some real conflicted principles, the price of being a fearful and dogmatic conservative.

Anonymous said...

Serr8d ....nailed again!

Anonymous said...

Socialism is the definition of civilization. Always has been. The only questions are who benefits from the social service systems and to what extent? In Nazi Germany, it was the Aryans. In Israel, it’s the Jews. In the US, the trend is more and more towards benefiting servants of the Pentagon Death Machine.

This is an echo of ancient Rome in the full decay of imperial rot; the Roman government dispossessed farmers and gave the land to soldiers.

Here in the US, it is virtually impossible to rise through the ranks of society without military connections. Ever since ground was broken on the Pentagon on Sept 11, 1941 the US has been at war almost continually (some covert) with no congressional declaration of war. A free nation means civilian control of the military, which is a joke in the US. Military expenditures are more than all other nations combined, and the economy is roughly 70% military and 30% consumerism, with the trade deficit running out of control.

I wonder if Serr8d has his nuclear bunker staked out. If not, he might want to reconsider his political alliances. I guarantee you the crazy idiots running the US government do.

Wealth redistribution is a CONSTANT in human history. It will happen, either violently or nonviolently. Socialists just prefer the less violent, more civilized approaches than constant war, revolutions, and general chaos.

The ongoing Muslim popular uprisings are all about getting rid of their corrupt rulers (who are actually brutal dictators and agents of the Western Elites, aka the Pentagon Death Machine) and when inflation decapitates the former US middle class (are you paying attention, Serr8d) were going to be seeing more of that type of thing here as well.

Then the issue will be will our military rank and file go Egypt, or Libya?

Anonymous said...

Whoops, I meant 30% military and 70% consumerism. I need to preempt the 'gotcha' police.

As long as I am reposting, I will point out that by and large both parties are just as corrupt. For example when AIPAC (aka MOSSAD) says "jump" Congress says "how high?". It is treason, and they should be arrested.