Was Jesus a Communist?

I remember learning about Carl Marx and his communist theory when I was in school.  It sounded great to me when I was younger.  The idea that we all work as a total community and split our wealth as a community.  People who are in need because they couldn’t work would be taken care of.  There would be a leader or leaders to ensure the wealth and prosperty of the nation were being spread adequately.  This type of government came to my mind in church last Sunday night.  We were studying the parable of Lazerus and the rich man in Luke 16: 19-31.  The dictionray defintion of communism on the internet is “a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.”  I believe if Jesus were in control of our government, it would be a communist government.  Some other biblical references include Acts 4:32-35, Acts 2:42-47, Mark 12:28-31, and Leviticus 25:35-38.

With this being said, is there something wrong with our government in the USA since it is democratic?  I don’t think so.  I think the holding of power by one or a few individuals is much more apt to corruption.  The democratic nature of our government allows for the freedom of choice that God has clearly given each one of us.  It promotes a competitive atmosphere in all facets of the nation and in essense promotes quality.

The problem is that communism doesn’t work outside Christianity.  Humans are naturally selfish or sinful.  Christianity is the only religion that promotes selflessness.  Heaven will be a communist government.

Addition 3/23/11:

I did a little research and found the following scriptures below that also discuss the early church and the principles of communism.  After some debating with friends, it is clear that Jesus did not order those to be communist.  He asked them to be.  To some this is a clear distinction between the communist party and christianity.  This brings into question that if you are truly a Christian, do you have choice when Jesus tells you to do something.  Surely, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, but I’m sure this will not be the case in heaven.

All that believed were together, and had all things in common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
(Acts 2:44-45)

And the multitude of believers had but one heart and one soul. Neither did any one say that aught of the things which he possessed was his own: but all things were common unto them.
(Acts 4:32)

There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
(Acts 4:34-37)

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4 responses to “Was Jesus a Communist?

  1. That dictionary definition of communism makes no mention of there being one single person in totalitarian control of everything. Perhaps that’s where communist governments go so wrong. One person gets so power hungry and selfish. Sometimes I long to live in community like the early church. We in America are so “me me me, look at what i’ve accrued for myself, it’s all mine” instead of looking to take care of those around us. I could keep going, but i suppose I should teach my class now.

    • Yeah, there were two definitions of communism at that link. I only copied the first. The second says, “a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party”. Our totalitarian leader in heaven will have unconditional love for all and won’t need to be replaced because of death.

  2. Awesome post. Do you mind if I ask what your source is for this information?

  3. The only thing I didn’t mention was the study from churhc last Sunday. The study came from crown financial called “God Provides“. This is a link to where you can purchase this study.

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