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Christians...Is socialism Biblical?

Is socialism Biblical?
Before you answer, consider what the earliest Christians did...
Acts 2:44-45
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.


Asked by mommyheymommy at 6:40 PM on Jul. 6, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Paul (one of the earliest Christians) also wrote in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 "If a man will not work, he shall not eat". This didn't mean if you were unable to work then you couldn't eat; it meant that able bodied people should take responsibility to see that they meet their needs (and others' needs) as best they could. Early Christians shared wealth (monetary, material, emotional support) freely with those that needed it, but they weren't going to let people leech off them if they didn't want to at least help themselves.

    John Smith made those same words the rule with the first Jamestown settlement. Those that refused to help hunt, dig, build, or whatever were not going to be given food by those that did. Some didn't believe him, until they got hungry.

    Certain aspects of socialism ARE biblical, I believe, but others are not.

    Christian charity is done out of love, not because we're forced to do it.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 10:35 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I agree. Giving out of love from the heart is the only kind of giving that is true. I don't consider the early church to be socialists by todays standards, though. Socialism is political and Christianity is about the kingdom of God. Giving begrudgingly or even out of obligation or a desire for blessings is all about selfish desires which is contradictory to service. Jesus was not liberal either he was God. He may have given his life willingly for our salvation, gave away every thing he had to the poor and spent his life in service to others but he was very clear that there are only two ways to do things, the right way and the wrong way. The same Jesus who healed the sick and raised the dead also turned the tables over in the temple when he saw the hypocrisy.


    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 7:34 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • That is very interesting. Are there any other examples in the bible that suggest that? I know Jesus was all bout giving to the poor. He totally would have been a Liberal...LOL!

    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:43 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • No it's not. You can take anything out of context to make it suite your needs. In this time, Christians were being challanged to live by faith in Christ, not the world. Yes, Jesus was all for helping out the poor and needy. But Jesus was not the government, in fact the government hated Him. Jesus never forced anyone to do anything they didn't want to do. His idea of giving and helping was that it came from compassion, from the heart, not from Uncle Sam telling you to do or else. See the difference?

    Answer by lovebugs_mom at 6:54 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • They did that out of charity and because they believed in the "caused". They didn't do it because "Caesar" forced them too! It's one thing to help your neighbor out of love it's another be be forced into it!

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 7:31 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • We are to take care of one another, however the Bible also talks about personal responsibility. The government did not force these people to share their things, they did it all on their own.  There is a big difference about giving what you purpose in your heart and having someone take it from you and do with it what they purpose.


    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 8:18 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Choosing what you want to give and to whom you want to give it is much different from the government taking it from you and distributing it however they see fit.

    The Christians in Acts were being generous and charitable, not socialistic.

    Answer by May-20 at 9:08 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I know there is another verse that talks about helping the poor among us, forgiving debts, and taking care of others... I have to find it though, I know it is in the Old Testament..

    Answer by KTMOM at 6:47 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Not to the Calvinists.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:51 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • To answer the question. No. The bible is strictly communistic. Jesus lived off the charity of those who had money and food and shelter. Obviously NOT the believers who were all poor and following him around because they had sold all that they had and given it to the poor. This have nothing and do nothing attitude just isn't practical. The hippy culture of the 70's tried it and, for most, it just didn't work. Jesus was the ultimate hippy.

    Answer by witchqueen at 12:49 PM on Jul. 7, 2010