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Was Jesus a proponent of the seperation of church and state?

I just thought this was an interesting idea. I got to thinking about the only time in the bible Jesus showed any kind of anger. And it was when he went into the temple and they were collecting taxes there. So, i was wondering if maybe Jesus felt that the church and state should be seperated? What do you ladies think?
-Ashley

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spiritguide_23

Asked by spiritguide_23 at 4:46 PM on May. 24, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Was Jesus for the separation between church and state?

    That is a relevant question today because of the widespread affirmation of that concept. Actually, the phrase "separation between church and state" is normally phrased as "separation of church and state." Let's examine that question and see what Jesus stated regarding the separation of church and state.

    To answer that question, it is necessary to know what the phrase implies in its current usage. Although the basic meaning of separation of church and state is a "two way" proposition, its current implied meaning and normal usage only concerns the church staying out of the state's business not the state staying out of the church's business. So, to answer the question, we need to know if Jesus stated anything that would be consistent with the currently understood meaning.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:54 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • No, He was angry about buying and selling in the temple, it had nothing to do with taxes. The idea of separation of church and state has nothing to do with keeping religion out of the government, it was to keep the government out of the church... not creating a government mandated religion. There is nothing in the Constitution about keeping religion out of the government. It only states that the government isn't to mandate a state religion. People really need to read our historical documents and stop throwing the phrase "separation of church and state" around out of context. It doesn't appear anywhere in any of our historical documents... it was in a personal letter.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:55 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • The only reference that Jesus made that directly relates to the separation of church and state issue is found in Matthew 22:15: "Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. 'Teacher,' they said, 'we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?' But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, 'You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.' They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, 'Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?' 'Caesar's,' they replied. Then he said to them, 'Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's.' When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • What did Jesus mean by His statements? Did He mean that the church should stay out of the state's business? When Jesus stated, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's," was He admonishing the people of His Kingdom to stay out of Caesar's business? No! He simply recognized that Caesar and his government had a right to be in power and that God and His Kingdom, although separate, also had a right to be in power. This is analogous to Christians paying taxes to their government. The separation of church and state debate has nothing to do with the willingness or unwillingness of Christians to pay taxes to the government
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • It is about not allowing Christian Theists to display any expressions of their faith, Theistic writings, or symbols in the public square. Jesus' entire ministry was about doing God's will. Jesus' whole ministry was done in the public arena. He held up the truth of the Old Testament scriptures on many occasions. He certainly was not for expunging Christian Theistic expressions, writings, and symbols from the public arena!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • The Pharisees were trying to exploit an apparent inconsistency between Jesus not being a respecter of persons and recognizing Caesar's kingship. This is not much different than the current assertion that Christian Theism should be expunged from the public arena based upon the "separation of church and state" argument because both are based upon hypocrisy and clever lies.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • Separation of Church and State - The Metaphor and the Constitution
    "Separation of church and state" is a common metaphor that is well recognized. Equally well recognized is the metaphorical meaning of the church staying out of the state's business and the state staying out of the church's business. Because of the very common usage of the "separation of church and state phrase," most people incorrectly think the phrase is in the constitution. The phrase "wall of separation between the church and the state" was originally coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists on January 1, 1802.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:59 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • His purpose in this letter was to assuage the fears of the Danbury, Connecticut Baptists, and so he told them that this wall had been erected to protect them. The metaphor was used exclusively to keep the state out of the church's business, not to keep the church out of the state's business.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:59 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • The constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Both the free exercise clause and the establishment clause place restrictions on the government concerning laws they pass or interfering with religion. No restrictions are placed on religions except perhaps that a religious denomination cannot become the state religion.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:00 PM on May. 24, 2009

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