The Crux of Christianity
This article is relevant to Satanists, Red ones or not!
THE CRUX OF CHRISTIANITY
by Dennis McKinsey
The following writing is a sequel to the brief analysis of Christianity found
in THE RELEVANCE OF MARXISM and should be read after completing the latter work.
If this suggestion is not heeded, some of what is discussed herein might be
misunderstood, especially by those who are unacquainted with the scientific
socialism of Marxism. The word, "Add" precedes those footnotes which provide
ADDITIONAL RELATED information and a list of quoted sources can be found at
the end in LIST OF QUOTED SOURCES.
In the arsenal of the ruling class lie many ideological control mechanisms--the
press, radio, television, "educational" institutions etc.--each maintained,
directed and altered in such a manner as to perpetuate those ideas which the
ruling class deems important to its security and that of private property. Yet,
only one of these institutions has, for all practical purposes, been above reproach.
Criticisms of the press, radio, television and other media have been considered
acceptable while those directed toward religion and Christianity in particular
have been considered anathema. For too long the grievous effect of Christian
teachings upon millions of people has either been ignored or treated lightly.
Christianity should be no more immune from exposure than any other ruling class
agency. The negative and regressive essence of the NT has often been looked
upon as a temporary aberration from an otherwise correct path and not indicative
of Christianity as a whole. Few beliefs are more in conflict with reality. Statements,
teachings, and concepts within the NT combined with 2,000 years of Christian
history reveal that this religion has been effectively employed by property
owners as a weapon in the class struggle with tragic effects upon the history
of the laboring masses.
Many individuals will doubtlessly view such a contention as sacrilegious, irresponsible
and erroneous. Others will view it as an oversimplification, a distortion, or
a deception. After reading the following analysis a few critics will probably
contend that the NT has been misinterpreted, that phrases have been taken out
of context. The latter response would have some validity if most of the NT were
as mystical and esoteric as the Book of Revelation1.
It would be difficult to know what was intended, since one interpretation would
be as plausible as another. But, on the contrary, much of the NT is quite vivid.
Clarity is provided through simplicity of speech and constant repetition in
slightly altered form. The attitude which the NT would have people adopt toward
many important aspects of life is all too clear. This can be illustrated by
numerous quotes and parables extracted from a modern English version of the
NT, entitled Good News for Modern Man, published by the American Bible Society
of New York.
Unless the world's masses are aware of the class struggle, unless they are
aware of the extent to which their lives are controlled and manipulated by a
small minority of private property owners, they could ------------------------------------------------------------------------
- 1 Marx once said the following about the Book of Revelation.
"Wild, confused fanaticism, only the beginnings of dogmas, only the mortification
of the flesh of the so-called Christian morals, but on the other hand a multitude
of visions and prophecies."
easily become the victims of a tremendous deception by reading the NT. Superficially,
the work propagates humility, peace, love, and brotherhood. They are constantly
repeated themes as subsequent quotes will show. In reality, however, it is a
blueprint for bondage, for enslavement. Appearances would lead most non-class
conscious individuals to believe that any book teaching the importance of love,
peace, and humility is contributing to the creation of a better world. But exteriors
are often deceiving. As Lenin said, one must be able to separate the essence
from the appearance. Deception lies in the fact that a society of peace, love,
and brotherhood will never emerge until all private property systems which are
slavery, feudalism, and capitalism are abolished, which can never occur as long
as the masses direct peace, love, brotherhood, and humility toward their oppressors.
In other words, peace, love, and brotherhood can only be established by practicing
the exact opposite for a period of time.
Non-class conscious people look upon creating peace and brotherhood by initiating
struggle and conflict as a self-defeating and contradictory proposition. They
erroneously believe that society is composed of one big mass of people who are
failing to exercise sufficient brotherly love and peaceful intent toward their
neighbors, instead of two classes, one of which directs all aspects of society
and foments disunity among other classes as one means by which to maintain control.
The material aspects of society which exercise the greatest influence upon a
person's behavior are directed by the ruling class and have been arranged so
as to keep the masses apart. Since the interests of a ruling minority are served
by dividing and factionalizing the masses, there will be no peace, love, brotherhood
and humility throughout the land, regardless of how much teaching and preaching
to the contrary is present, as long as this minority remains dominant. The propaganda
of love toward all, as the ruling class knows, only serves to maintain a deplorable
state of affairs. Christians are taught that love and mercy should guide their
relationships with others; yet, without distinction as to rulers and ruled,
exploiters and exploited, oppressors and oppressed, this can only lead to entrapment.
In effect, preaching brotherly love perpetuates its antithesis. The NT is replete
with statements that preach support for the ruling class under the guise of
love, peace, and humility. Excellent examples of this are:
- "Love your enemies and do good to them..." (Luke 6:35)
"But now I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who mistreat
you" (Matt. 5:44)
"If someone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar...he
who loves God must love his brother also" (1 John 4:20-21)
"None of you should be proud of one man and despise the other" (1 Cor.
"You must put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Be helpful to one another, and forgive one another, whenever any of you
has a complaint against someone else.... And to all these add love, which
binds all things together in perfect unity." (Col. 3:12-14)
"You must love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:39) (Mark 12:31)
"...and love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 19:19)
"A new commandment I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so
you must love one another" (John 13:34-35)
"This is my commandment: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest
love a man can have for his friends is to give his life for them" (John
"...love one another" (John 15:17)
"Be in debt to no one--the only debt you should have is to love one another.
Whoever loves his fellow man has obeyed the law" (Romans 13:8-9)
"It is love, then, that you should strive for" (1 Cor. 14:1)
"the whole law is summed up in one commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself"
"Help carry one another's burdens, and in this way you will obey the law
of Christ" (Gal. 6:2)
"Be humble, gentle, and patient always. Show your love by being helpful
to one another" (Eph. 4:2)
"No one should be looking out for his own interests, but for the interests
of others" (1 Cor. 10:24)
"...let us all love one another" (2 John 1:4-6)
"Dear friends! Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Whoever
loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know
God, because God is love" (1 John 4:7-8)
"Be merciful, just as you Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36)
"Happy are those who show mercy to others...." (Matt. 5:7)
In Matt. 18:21-35 Jesus told a parable about a servant who failed to repay
a debt to his master. The servant begged for mercy and was forgiven but later
showed no mercy toward a fellow servant. The master heard of this, called in
his servant and said, "You worthless slave, I forgave you the whole amount you
owed, just because you asked me to. You should have had mercy on your fellow
servant, just as I had mercy on you." The servant was sent to jail. The moral
of the story is that one should show mercy toward those who wrong him.
Individuals are not only urged to love their enemies (the ruling class) but
also to obey their masters, serve them faithfully, and accept the prevailing
conditions. Prominent verses are:
- "Slaves, obey your human masters in all things, and do it not only when
they are watching you, just to gain their approval, but do it with a sincere
heart, because of your reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it
with all your heart as though you were working for the Lord, and for men.
Remember that the Lord will reward you.... For Christ is the real Master you
serve" (Col. 3:22-24)
"Slaves, obey your human masters, with fear and trembling; and do it with
a sincere heart as though you were serving Christ. Do this not only when
they are watching you, to gain their approval.... Do your work as slaves
cheerfully, as though you served the Lord, and not merely men. Remember
that the Lord will reward every man, whether slave or free, for the good
work he does" (Eph. 6:5-8)
"Slaves are to obey their masters and please them in all things. They must
not talk back to them, or steal from them. Instead, they must show that
they are always good and faithful, so as to bring credit to the teaching
about God our Savior in all they do" (Titus 2:9-10)
"All who are slaves must consider their masters worthy of all respect,
so that no one will speak evil of the name of God and our teaching. Slaves
belonging to masters who are believers must not despise them because they
are their brothers. Instead they are to serve them even better, because
those who benefit from their work are believers whom they love" (1 Tim.
"You servants must submit yourselves to your masters and show them complete
respect, not only to those who are kind and considerate, but also to those
who are harsh. God will bless you for this, if you endure the pain of undeserved
suffering because you are conscious of his will. For what credit is there
in enduring the beatings you deserve for having done wrong? But if you endure
suffering even when you have done right, God will bless you for it. It was
to this that God called you; because Christ himself suffered for you and
left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps" (1 Peter 2:18-21).
In each instance, serving one's oppressor faithfully is linked to serving the
Lord faithfully. The employment of religion to strengthen the ruling class is
unmistakable. Additional statements buttressing the status quo by urging patient
endurance on the part of the oppressed are as follows:
- "Do everything without complaining or arguing.... (Phil. 2:14)
"...that you may be able to endure everything with patience" (Col. 1:11)
"You must not complain, as some of them did--and they were destroyed by
the Angel of Death" (1 Cor. 10:10)
"...given the strength to endure with patience the same sufferings that
we also endure" (2 Cor. 1:6)
"For everyone has to carry his load" (Gal. 6:5)
"...for I have learned to be satisfied with what I have...so that anywhere,
at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too
much or too little" (Phil. 4:11-13)
"Be patient, then, my brother, until the Lord comes.... And you must also
be patient!...Do not complain.... Brothers remember the prophets who spoke
in the name of the Lord. Take them as examples of patient endurance under
suffering.... You have heard of Job's patience, and you know how the Lord
provided for him in the end" (James 5:7-11)
"Since Christ suffered physically, you too must strengthen yourselves with
the same way of thinking" (1 Peter 4:1).
Believers are repeatedly told to remain peaceful, to refrain from any acts
of violence. Such teachings aid the ruling class tremendously by enabling the
latter to administer exploitation and oppression more efficiently and thoroughly.2
Moreover, the oppressed can only escape from their oppression and exploitation
through revolutionary activity. Those on top of the economic pyramid understandably
- 2 (a) (Add) "...Feuerbach gave a very neat answer to those who
defended religion as a source of comfort for people; to comfort the slave,
he said, is to the advantage of the slaveowner, while the real friend of the
slaves teaches them indignation and revolt, teaches them to cast off the yoke
and does not comfort them."
(b) (Add) "Feuerbach was right when, in reply to those who defended
religion on the grounds that it consoles the people, he pointed out
the reactionary meaning of consolation: whoever consoles the slave instead
of rousing him to revolt against slavery aids the slaveowner. All oppressive
classes need two social functions to safeguard their rule: the function
of the hangman and the function of the priest. The hangman is required
to quell the protests and the indignation of the oppressed; the priest
is required to console the oppressed, to paint for them the prospects
of mitigation of their sufferings and sacrifices...while preserving
class rule, and thereby reconcile them to class rule, wean them from
revolutionary action, undermine their revolutionary spirit and destroy
their revolutionary determination."
revolutionary violence not out any humanitarian motives but because they do
not want the pyramid upset. Peace to them is the maintenance of the status quo
with themselves at the apex. Fully cognizant of the fact that peaceful intent
directed toward the dominant class is of far greater significance than that
directed toward friends, relatives, and acquaintenances, the NT aids the elite
by urging believers to be at peace with all men. Like love, mercy, obedience,
and faithful service, peace toward all men without distinguishing rulers and
ruled is entrapment. Prime verses are:
- Matt. 5:9 ("Happy are those who work for peace among men: God will call
them his sons")
Matt. 26:52 ("Put your sword back in its place, for all who take the sword
will die by the sword")
Rom. 12:18 ("Do everything possible on your part, to live at peace with
Rom. 14:19 ("So then, we must always aim at those things that bring peace...")
1 Cor. 14:33 ("...for God has not called us to be disorderly, but peaceful")
1 Thess. 4:10-11 ("So we beg you, brothers to do even more. Make it your
aim to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and earn your own living...."
1 Thess. 5:13 ("Be at peace among yourselves")
1 Tim. 2:1-2 ("First of all, then, I urge that petitions and prayers, requests
and thanksgivings be offered to God for all men; for kings and all others
who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life....")
Heb. 12:14 ("Try to be at peace with all men...")
James 3:18 ("And righteousness is the harvest that is produced from the
seeds the peacemakers planted in peace").
Shun revolt and other civil disturbances is a central theme of the NT. The
crowd that called for Christ's death in Luke 23:13-25 also called out for the
release of Barabbas, a convicted rioter. Believers can easily infer from this
that those favoring riotous or rebellious activity are anti-Christ. Is it accidental
that as Christ is turned over to his enemies a convicted rioter is released
from prison? As one is released the other is enchained. Christ and an insurgent
are set in direct contrast to one another.
Believers must remain peaceful even when wronged. And since the ruling class
is far more responsible for injustices done to the oppressed than any other
individual or group, again, aid is rendered the elite. Relevant verses are:
- Matt. 5:39 ("I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who does you wrong.
If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too")
Luke 6:27-29 ("But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to
those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who mistreat
you. If anyone hits you on the cheek, let him hit the other one too....")
Matt. 6:14 ("If you forgive others the wrongs they have done you, your
father in heaven will also forgive you") Matt. 18:21-22 ("Then Peter came
to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times can my brother sin against me
and I have to forgive him? Seven times?' 'No, not seven times,' answered
Jesus, 'but seventy times seven")
Mark 11:25 ("And when you stand praying, forgive whatever you have against
Luke 11:4 ("For we forgive everyone who has done us wrong")
Romans 12:17-19 ("If someone does evil to you, do not pay him back with
evil.... Never take revenge, my friends....")
Eph. 4:31-32 ("Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger.... No more
hateful feelings of any sort! Instead, be kind and tenderhearted to one
another, and forgive one another....")
Luke 6:37 ("...do not condemn others and God will not condemn you; forgive
others and God will forgive you")
If servants are to accept their condition, obey their masters and labor diligently
within the system, they must possess a relatively low opinion of their own importance,
capabilities, and merits. They must be convinced that their lowly status is
in the natural order of life, that humility is a virtue.3
Be humble is definitely a reoccurring message of the NT as the following comments
- "Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourself as
wise" (Rom. 12:16)
"...no slave is greater than his master; no messenger is greater than the
one who sent him" (John 13:16)
"Remember what I told you: No slave is greater than his master" (John 15:20)
"The servant does not deserve thanks for obeying orders, does he? It is
the same with you; when you have done all you have been told to do say,
'We are ordinary servants; we have only done our duty'" (Luke 17:9-10)
"Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant
of all" (Mark 9:35).
"Jesus called a child, had him stand in front of him and said, 'Remember
this! Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the
Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the King of heaven is the one who humbles
himself and becomes like this child" (Matt. 18:3-4)
"whoever makes himself great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself
will be made great" (Matt. 23:8-12)
"If someone thinks he is something, when he really is nothing, he is only
fooling himself" (Gal. 6:3)
"...but be humble toward each other, never thinking you are better than
others" (Phil. 2:3)
"Be humble, gentle, and patient always. Show your love by being helpful
to one another" (Eph. 4:2)
"In the same way, you younger men must submit yourselves to the older men
(who are nearly always the more traditional and conservative element of
society--Ed.)." (1 Peter 5:5)
Believers are told not only to be humble but to refrain from all criticism
of others as we see in the following statements:
- Matt. 7:1 and Luke 6:37 ("Do not judge others, and God will not judge you;
do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God
will forgive you")
Rom. 14:13 ("So let us stop judging one another")
Rom. 14:10 ("...why do you pass judgment on your brother")
3 "The social principles of Christianity preach cowardice, self-abasement,
resignation, submission and humility...."
Romans 15:7 ("Accept one another....")
James 4:11 ("Do not speak against one another, my brothers")
James 5:9 ("Do not complain against one another, brothers, so that God
will not judge you")
The word "others" includes two classes-the rulers and fellow laborers. Teaching
people not to criticize the ruling class or the members of same obviously aids
the ruling class and need not be discussed. On the other hand, if a non-critical
attitude were created between the workers and they drew together, NT teachings
would appear to be working against the interests of the ruling class. But such
an observation is erroneous. So many materially divisive aspects of society
are present that stressing the importance of criticizing one's neighbors is
not needed. It would only create perpetual social disruption which would be
counter-productive. The ruling class seeks division of the masses along racial,
national, ethnic, occupational, sexual lines etc. but not so much animosity
that the movement of society comes to a halt. The brink is never far away.
Believers are not even to consider themselves worthy of criticizing as the
following verses show:
- "Who do you think you are to judge your fellow man" (James 4:12)
"No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master.
So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like
his master" (Matt. 10:24-25)
"How dare you say to your brother, 'Please, let me take that speck out
of your eye,' when you have a log in your own eye? You impostor! Take the
log out of your own eye first, and then you will be able to see and take
the speck out of your brother's eye" (Matt. 7:4-5).
The importance of being humble, accepting one's menial status and possessing
a lowly opinion of one's own ability to criticize is also taught to the masses
through the use of parables. Luke 14:7-11 relates the following story:
When Jesus saw several guests choosing the best places at a table he said,
"When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place.
For it could happen that someone more important than you had been invited, and
your host, who invited both of you, would come and say to you, 'Let him have
this place.' Then you would be ashamed and have to sit in the lowest place.
Instead, when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that your
host will come to you and say, 'Come on up, my friend, to a better place.' This
will bring honor in the presence of all the guests. For everyone who makes himself
great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be made great." Christ
is not only teaching classism by stating that some people are more important
than others but also advising people to accept their lowly status under the
mistaken assumption that they will later experience the exhilaration of ascending
through the ranks. In reality, few succeed by being offered higher positions
because of subservient behavior. Believers are told that if they voluntarily
accept their lowly position, honors and promotions await them--a philosophy
which the ruling class has been peddling for centuries.
In another parable found in Luke 18:10-14 Jesus again emphasizes the importance
of being humble and the reward that awaits those who so behave by describing
two men--a pharisee and a tax collector--who went to a temple to pray. The pharisee
lacked humility because he boasted that he was not greedy, dishonest or immoral
and fasted regularly. The tax collector, on the other hand, asked God to have
pity on him. Jesus concluded by saying that the tax collector and not the pharisee
was in the right with God when he went home. For everyone who makes himself
great will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be made great.
In any private property system, whether slavery, feudalism or capitalism, the
ruling class exercises far more influence and control over any individual's
life than do his companions, fellow workers, and relatives. The elite regulate
what he sees, hears, and believes; they dominate his ideological environment;
they control his material conditions and are far more responsible for his material
status and well-being than immediate acquaintances. So, the attitude this individual
has toward the ruling class is of infinitely greater importance than his approach
toward others. If his philosophy is one of maintaining peace, love, mercy, and
humility regardless of the consequences, the result is a foregone conclusion.
No amount of exploitation, oppression, poverty, or degradation is going to shake
his resolve to submit to those primarily responsible for his condition. He will
be as pliable as putty, as meek as a lamb. As Matt. 5:5 says, "Happy are the
meek." What more could the ruling class desire? They would have created the
perfect servant--a being unwilling to resist or oppose its oppressors no matter
how much the oppression. Enrapped in NT teachings and not really understanding
the overall situation, this individual would honestly believe that the most
intelligent means by which to create a world of love, peace, and brotherhood
would be the immediate institution of these ideas in one's daily affairs. He
would be convinced that only the immediate creation of love and humility toward
one's fellow man is the answer, without drawing any distinction between exploiters
and exploited, oppressors and oppressed, rulers and ruled, friend and foe.
A "war of all against all" is an essential aspect of any private property system.
It is as inextricable as private ownership itself. To teach peace, love, and
humility in any system where "every man for himself" is a dominant theme is
to be engaged in a stupendous contradiction. Ideological preachings are bringing
men together while material conditions are driving them apart. And as The Relevance
of Marxism attempted to show, the latter are of far greater importance than
the former. Attempting to unite people in material conditions which are driving
them apart is a hopeless exercise which can only lead to the perpetuation of
the adverse conditions--the system itself. If the masses are loving, peaceful,
and humble toward the ruling class, the latter can never be abolished. And as
long as their class remains, private property systems with all the accompanying
hatreds, exploitation, wars, oppression, poverty and degradation will continue.
As long as the oppressed show love, peace, humility, and brotherhood toward
their oppressors, as system will continue to exist which negates these very
characteristics from the beginning, a system which generates poverty, wars,
hatreds, and exploitation. Only within non-private property systems, such as
primitive communal society or socialism, does the striving for immediate peace
and love toward all have practical value. To preach love and peace in a non-private
property society is to bring mankind together; to so act in a private property
system is to drive man apart because it contributes to the perpetuation of the
basic cause of mankind's divisions--the system itself. In essence, to create
peace, love and brotherhood the masses must first project antithetical qualities
toward the ruling class. Although peace and love are NT teachings, servitude
is the result.4
Christians are not only directed to be peaceful, humble, loving and obedient
but also to work hard, support private ownership and acknowledge the alleged
importance of their master's role. Several parables corroborate these contentions.
Although supposedly a description of the joy attending Christ's arrival, the
story of the servants found in Matt. 25:14-29 is actually a subtle means by
which to encourage more ingenuity on the part of laborers serving the elite.
Before leaving on a trip a property owner gave $5,000 to one servant, $2,000
to another and $1,000 to a third. While the master was away the servant with
$5,000 increased the amount to $10,000 through investment and the servant who
received $2,000 also doubled his amount. But the servant who received $1,000
hid his money in the ground. When the master returned, accounts were settled.
The servant who earned $5,000 was called a good and faithful servant by the
master and put in charge of large amounts. The servant who earned $2,000 was
treated in the same manner. But the servant who hid the money in the ground
was labeled a bad and lazy servant for not having increased his $1,000. His
$1,000 was taken from him and given to the servant with $10,000. The servant
who hid the $1,000 was punished not only for failing to increase the funds entrusted
to his care but also for challenging the masters right to any portion of the
crop because the latter contributed no labor. The servant stated, "You reap
harvests where you did not plant, and gather crops where you did not scatter
seed." In a similar story about three servants told in Luke 19:11-27 the third
servant stated in verse 21, "You take what is not yours, and reap what you did
not plant." In the earlier parable the master closed by stating, "As for this
useless servant--throw him outside in the darkness; there he will cry and gnash
his teeth. Although unsaid, the moral of the story is that servants failing
to increase the master's wealth or disputing the master's appropriation of part
of the harvest should be punished.
The parable of the tenants in the vineyard in Matt. 21:33-44 also aids the
ruling class by seeking to justify the master's behavior and his non-productive
role. A landowner planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a hole for
the winepress, and built a tower. Then he rented the vineyard to tenants and
left home on a trip. When harvest time arrived he sent his slaves to obtain
his share from the tenants. They were killed or mistreated and subsequent slaves
who were dispatched received comparable treatment. Finally, he sent his son
who was also killed, supposedly to obtain his property. After studying the event,
Jesus asks, "Now, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those
tenants?" His companions reply, "He will certainly kill those evil men." Christ
agrees, for he adds, "And rent the vineyard out to other tenants, who will give
him his share of the harvest at the right time." Jesus then quotes Scripture
as to the importance of the master. "The stone (that is the master--Ed.) which
the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important stone"
and closes with a warning to anyone who might dare to question the master's
value. "So I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and be
given to a people who will produce proper fruits." In other words, subservience
to a master is equated with the Kingdom of God.5
Jesus concludes, "Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and
if the stone falls on someone it will crush him to dust."
- 4 (Add) "the Christian priests, who for centuries sought to embellish the
policy of the oppressing classes--the slaveowners, feudals, and capitalists--and
make their rule acceptable to the oppressed classes by preaching Christian
love of one's neighbor and Christ's commandments."
The entire story is presented from the property owners' perspective. The impressions
conveyed are: that owners do the original labor which is rarely true, that the
tenants are unreasonably brutal and not the owners, that tenants seek to seize
property and not the owners, that the owners deserve part of the produce even
though they contribute no labor, that the owner is just trying to earn an honest
and reasonable living despite all adversity, and that whoever objects to this
arrangement of society should be rightfully punished. The pro-property, anti-revolutionary
theme of this parable as well as a similar story in Luke 20:9-18 is quite apparent.
Those who resist exploitation or attempt to seize private property (the vineyard
will be ours is said in Luke 20:14) are depicted as brutal and irrational while
Christ's utterance, "give him his share" as in Matt. 21:41, implies that proceeds
realized through private ownership are justified.
Another parable supporting private ownership of the means of production is
entitled The Workers in the Vineyard found in Matt. 20:1-18. Again, the narrative
is supposedly describing the Kingdom of Heaven. Early one morning a property
owner hired some men to labor in a vineyard for a silver coin a day. At 9 o'clock,
12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, and 5 o'clock he hired more men. When evening came the
owner told his foreman to pay the men beginning with those who were hired last
and ending with those who were hired first. The men hired at 5 o'clock were
paid a silver coin each. Those hired first thought they would receive more but
did not. They took their money and started grumbling, wanting to know why they
were not paid more. The owner replied that they were not cheated because they
agreed to do a day's work for a silver coin. He ordered them to leave, said
that he should be able to do as he wished with his money and asked if they were
jealous because of his generosity. The lesson: having committed themselves workers
should accept wages which they know to be unjust. In other words, the sanctity
of private property, the right of owners to dispose of property as they so desire,
and the sacredness of contracts are more important than justice. Even when wronged
the workers must honor the right of private property. Justice is secondary to
property rights is the bottom line.
The oppressed are taught to consider wealth differentials as quite natural
and unworthy of concern. Here, again, the status quo and ultimately the ruling
class are strengthened through the elimination of opposition and criticism.
As the Bible says in Matt. 13:12, "For to everyone who has, even more will be
given, and he will have more than enough; but the one who has nothing, even
the little he has will be
- 5 (a) (Add) "The social principles of Christianity justified
the slavery of Antiquity, glorified the serfdom of the Middle Ages and equally
know, when necessary, how to defend the oppression of the proletariat, although
they make a pitiful face over it. The social principles of Christianity preach
the necessity of a ruling and an oppressed class taken away from him." After
all, what does Matt. 26:11 say: "You will always have the poor people with
The NT authors even go so far as to depict the rich as just average citizens
worthy of sympathy and respect. Could it be accidental that after Christ was
killed and the tumult died down that the only person to come and offer him a
decent burial was a rich man named Joseph. The implication of this story found
in Matt. 27:57-60 is that the only person one can rely on after others have
deserted and a friend, Judas, has emerged as a betrayer, is a rich man.
A similar theme is found in Mark 2:13-17 where Jesus is eating with tax collectors,
who are arms of the rich and other outcasts. When asked why he associated with
these individuals, Jesus replied, "People who are well do not need a doctor,
but only those who are sick. I have not come to call the respectable people,
but the outcasts." The impression conveyed by this story is that tax collectors
are not exploiters who are well aware of their actions but sick people who know
not what they do and deserve more help than condemnation. Pity, not opposition,
should be directed toward the tax collector, who is not an enemy but a sick
man needing aid. And no doubt that aid is a less defensive, less alert mass
of laborers. The NT is aiding the tax collector by describing him in such a
manner as to generate some degree of respectability and sympathy.
In Mark 12:41 the narrative states that Jesus was sitting near the Temple treasury
and noticed that, "Many rich men dropped in much money." Accounts of this nature
create a favorable impression in the minds of believers toward the wealthy.
The death of Jesus in Luke 23:13-25 is attributed not to the government and
the ruling class as represented by Pontius Pilate but to a crowd of citizens
whom Pilate could not dissuade. Jews are later blamed for the act. After Christ
is nailed to the cross the 35th verse says, "The people stood there watching,
while the Jewish leaders made fun of him...." By accusing Jews of the execution
the NT has not only set Christians against Jews and aided the ruling class in
their consistent policy of divide and rule, but also lent dignity and credibility
to the ruling class itself through Pilate's defense of Christ's right to freedom.
The story of Zacchaeus found in Luke 19:1-10 certainly brings forth a feeling
of benevolence toward the propertied class in the form of a tax collector. As
Jesus was passing through the town of Jericho a rich tax collector by the name
of Zacchaeus came out to see him but could not see over the crowd because he
was a little man. The fact that the tax collector is little quickly creates
compassion in the mind of the reader. Unable to see, Zacchaeus ran ahead of
the crowd and climbed a tree to see Christ pass, implying that even the worst
of people is seeking the Christian path, although effort may be involved. As
Christ passed he said, "Hurry down, Zacchaeus, for I must stay in your house
today." It is significant that Christ chose to live with Zacchaeus, a tax collector,
and not someone acceptable to the masses. Later Zacchaeus said to Jesus, "Listen,
sir! I will give half my belongings to the poor; and if I have cheated anyone,
I will pay him back four times as much." And when Christ responds by saying,
"Salvation has come to this house today; this man, also, is a descendant of
Abraham," the final touch of sympathy, respect, and empathy is provided the
tax collector. Believers have been subconsciously taught that if Christ can
forgive abuses of the rich so can they. Exploiters are really "good guys at
heart" is the message.
Followers are not only instructed to view with compassion and obediently serve
their immediate masters, who are almost invariably slaveowners, landowners,
or capitalists, but also to uncritically support the prevailing political apparatus
which is nothing more than an arm of the ruling class. Key verses in this regard
- 1 Peter 2:13-14 ("Submit yourselves, for the Lord's sake, to every human
authority: to the Emperor, who is the supreme authority, and to the governors....")
Titus 3:1 ("Remind your people to submit to rulers and authorities, to
Rom. 13:1-5 ("Everyone must obey the state authorities; for no authority
exists without God's permission, and the existing authorities have been
put there by God. Whoever opposes the existing authority opposes what God
has ordered; and anyone who does so will bring judgment on himself. For
rulers are not to be feared by those who do good but by those who do evil.
Would you like to be unafraid of the man in authority? Then do what is good,
and he will praise you. For he is God's servant working for your own good.
But if you do evil, be afraid of him, for his power to punish is real. He
is God's servant and carries out God's wrath on those who do evil. For this
reason you must obey the authorities--not just because of God's wrath, but
also as a matter of conscience."
Heb. 13:17 ("Obey your leaders and follow their orders. They watch over
your souls without resting, since they must give an account of their service
to God. If you obey them, they will do their work gladly; else they will
do it with sadness, and that would not be of any help to you")
Acts 23:5 ("For the Scripture says, 'You must not speak evil of the ruler
of your people")
1 Tim. 2:1-2 ("First of all, then, I urge that petitions and prayers, requests
and thanksgivings be offered to God for all men; for kings and all others
who are in authority...."
1 Cor. 14:40 ("Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way")
Since the elite determine what is proper and orderly, religion is obviously
being used to buttress the state.6
Christianity further aids the elite's government by requiring believers to
pay their taxes and fines as the following verses show:
- "This is also the reason that you pay taxes; for the authorities are working
for God when they fulfill their duties. Pay, then, what you owe them; pay
them your personal and property taxes, and show respect and honor for them
all" (Romans 13:6-7)
"Pay to the Emperor what belongs to him, and pay to God what belongs to
God" (Matt. 22:21)
"Tell us, is it against our Law for us to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor,
or not?" Jesus answered, "Show me a silver coin. Whose face and name are
these on it? The Emperor's, they answered. So Jesus said, Well, then pay
to the Emperor what belongs to him, and pay to God what belongs to God"
"If a man [who is nearly always a property owner--Ed.] brings a lawsuit
against you7 and takes you to court,
be friendly with him while there is time, before you get to court; once
you are there he will turn you over to the judge, who will hand you over
to the police, and you will be put in jail. There you will stay until you
pay the last penny of your fine." (Matt. 5:25-26)
6 (a) "...it (Christianity--Ed.) teaches, as religion must:
Submit to the authority, for all authority is ordained by God."
If Christians actually behaved as the NT directs, it is highly improbable that
the Roman government threw them to the lions. Either the story is myth or unusual
- 7 "...civil justice is concerned almost exclusively with conflicts
over property and hence affects almost exclusively the possessing classes."
Before people will willingly accept deprivation, exploitation and total submission,
they must be convinced that the physical needs of everyone living are of no
consequence or considerably less importance than that which supposedly comes
later. As long as they remain primarily concerned with procuring adequate food,
clothing, shelter and other necessities of life, their thoughts will be essentially
on this world and not what allegedly follows. The ruling class has discovered
that it is immensely more difficult to exploit, subjugate and oppress people
who place great importance upon the material condition of their environment
and the eradication of suffering than to take advantage of those to whom exploitation
and everyday living conditions are of little consequence. For this reason, believers
are repeatedly told to shun wealth, to give up that which they possess and to
forgo any attempt to rise on the economic ladder. In earlier quotes Christians
were told to work hard and support the system and its leaders. When these two
instructions are combined it becomes apparent that Christians are taught to
labor diligently, yet renounce that which they produce. That such instructions
favor exploiting property owners goes without saying.
An essential factor in this exploitive equation is rejection of property, wealth,
and material goods. Persuading people to repudiate those aspects of life necessary
for a beautiful, worthwhile, meaningful existence for the unsubstantiated promise
of eternal happiness8 is a formidable assignment,
indeed, even for the NT.9 This consideration undoubtedly
accounts in large measure for the great emphasis placed upon rejecting this
world. Relevant verses in this regard are:
- Col. 3:2 ("Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on
1 John 2:15-16 ("Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the
world. If you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in
you. Everything that belongs to the world...none of this comes from the
Father; it all comes from the world")
Phil. 3:8 ("For Christ's sake I have thrown everything away; I consider
it all, as mere garbage....")
Col. 2:20 ("Why, then, do you live as though you belonged to this world?")
1 Cor. 15:50 ("...what is made of flesh and blood cannot share in God's
John 6:63 ("What gives life is the Spirit; the Flesh is of no use at all")
John 12:25 ("Whoever loves his own life will lose it; whoever hates his
own life in this world will keep it for life eternal") ------------------------------------------------------------------------
8 (Add) ""The mortgage that the peasant has on heavenly possessions
guarantees the mortgage that the bourgeois has on peasant possessions"
James 4:4 ("Don't you know that to be the world's friend means to be God's
enemy? Whoever wants to be the world's friend makes himself God's enemy")
Matt 6:19 ("Do not save riches here on earth, where moths and rust destroy,
and robbers break in and steal")
Luke 12:33-34 ("Sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor.
Provide for yourselves purses that don't wear out, and save your riches
in heaven.... For your heart will always be where your riches are")
John 6:27 ("Do not work for food that spoils; instead, work for the food
that lasts for eternal life")
Heb. 13:5 ("Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied
with what you have")
Matt. 6:24 ("You cannot serve both God and money")
Matt. 19:23-24 ("It will be very hard, I tell you for a rich man to enter
the Kingdom of heaven....it is much harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom
of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle")
Luke 4:4 ("Man cannot live on bread alone")
Acts 8:20 ("May you and your money go to hell, for thinking that you can
buy God's gift with money!")
1 Tim. 6:7-10 ("What did we bring into the world? Nothing! What can we
take out of the world? Nothing! So then, if we have food and clothes, that
should be enough for us.... For the love of money is a source of all kinds
Matt. 10:9 ("Do not carry any gold, silver, or copper money in your pockets")
Luke 16:15 ("For what men think is of great value is worth nothing in God's
In Luke 12:16-21 Jesus told a parable about a rich man who decided to store
his abundant harvest in new and bigger barns and live a life of ease and luxury
off his stored grain and other goods. Then God appeared to him and said, "You
fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get
all these things you have kept for yourself?" The moral of the fable is that
worldly riches are not worth much and provide no long term security.
The reactionary aspect of such teachings lies in the fact that there is nothing
wrong with loving and enjoying money, wealth, and a more affluent environment,
without which freedom is a myth, as long as they are not obtained at the expense
of others and are not seen as ends in themselves but as a means to higher goals,
such as enriching, improving, and ennobling society. Any pursuit of wealth involves
love to some degree. Why would wealth or any material goods ever be sought if
no element of love were involved? In effect, the NT is surreptitiously teaching
the masses not to compete economically with the ruling class.
Believers are not only taught to eschew wealth but to give away that which
they possess--two admonitions which would effectively rule them out as economic
competitors. Prime verses are:
- "Sell all you have and give the money to the poor" (Luke 18:22)
"If someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have
your coat as well (Matt. 5:40)
"When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants
to borrow something, lend it to him" (Matt. 5:42)
"If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money
to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven" (Matt. 19:21)
"Give what is in your cups and plates to the poor, and everything will
be clean for you" (Luke 11:41)
"...none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has"
"They--all the believers--would sell their property and possessions and
distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed" (Acts
"There is more happiness in giving than in receiving" (Acts 20:35)
"Share your belongings with your needy brothers, and open your homes to
strangers" (Romans 12:13)
"Take nothing with you for the trip: no walking stick, no beggar's bag,
no food, no money, not even an extra shirt" (Luke 9:3)
"Whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none, and whoever
has food must share it" (Luke 3:11)
Again, the humanitarian facade of Christian teachings conceals a sinister result.
Benevolence toward the poor is an innocuous approach to the poverty problem.
But when directed toward other aspects of society (the ruling class, the government,
the institutions), which is unavoidable as long as Christians are taught to
view philanthropy per se as a virtue without regard to exploiters and exploited,
the noose around mankind's neck will only tighten further. Charity toward all
in a private property system is a self-defeating proposition. As long as animosity,
such as seizing all private property, is not displayed toward the ruling class,
the system will remain, and as long as the system endures any donations given
to the poor will be far outweighed by those forces creating poverty. In systems
where the "law of the jungle" prevails it is inevitable that many will be defeated,
the gap between the rich and poor will widen, and poverty will be widespread.
Teaching people to remain peaceful at all times, give away their wealth, allow
themselves to be exploited without protest, deny their ability to accurately
criticize, sympathize with their oppressors, be eternally patient, and all but
reject this world is quite difficult to say the least. Such instructions contrast
sharply with reasonable instincts, such as the will to survive and rational
conclusions (the all-pervasive influence of the class struggle) to be drawn
from daily living. Naturally, such a philosophy of total submission is going
to be spurned by many people, since an individual could expect to be taken advantage
of at every opportunity. Evidence leads to the judgment that it is a senseless
form of self-denial and self-effacement which can only benefit those who know
better, those who understand how society operates and whom Christianity serves.
In the sentence, "Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God" (Romans 12:1),
the word "God" could easily be replaced by the phrase "ruling class."
Knowing that many people who accept the NT's teachings will suffer because
ot the latter's incompatibility with reality and to forestall the possibility
of rejection, NT authors promise infinite rewards in the next world for those
who believe and endure. Key verses are:
- "Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You
will have a great reward...." (Luke 6:35)
"Give to others and God will give to you: you will receive a full measure,
a generous helping, poured into your hands--all that you can hold" (Luke
"If we continue to endure, we shall also rule with him" (2 Tim. 2:12)
"I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared
at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18)
"Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again; but whoever drinks the
water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. For the water that
I will give him will become in him a spring which will provide him with
living water, and give him eternal life" (John 4:13-14)
"The man who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for
eternal life" (John 4:36)
"...whoever hears my words, and believes in him who sent me, has eternal
life" (John 5:24)
"...and they will come out of their graves: those who have done good will
be raised and live...." (John 5:29)
"He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never
be thirsty" (John 6:35)
"Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in
darkness" (John 8:12)
"...whoever obeys my message will never die" (John 8:51)
"For God will reward every person according to what he has done" (Romans
"...but God's free gift is eternal life..." (Romans 6:23)
"...anyone who leaves home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or
children or fields for me, and for the gospel...in the age to come he will
receive eternal life" (Mark 10:29-30)
"Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives
and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25-26)
And the poor will receive preferential treatment in the distribution of these
rewards and any necessary information.
- "God chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith and to possess
the Kingdom which he promised to those who love him" (James 2:5-6)
"The poor brother must be proud when God lifts him up, and the rich brother
when God brings him down. For the rich will pass away like the bloom of
a wild plant" (James 1:9-10)
"But many who now are first will be last and many who now are last will
be first" (Matt. 19:30)
"...whoever welcomes me, also welcomes the one who sent me. For he who
is least among you all is the greatest" (Luke 9:48)
"I (Jesus--Ed.) thank you God because you have shown to the unlearned what
you have hidden from the wise and learned" (Luke 10:21)
In the Parable of the Great Feast in Luke 14:16-24 Jesus further pacifies and
placates the poor with promised rewards. The story concerns a man who is going
to give a feast. He invites many well-to-do people all of whom give various
reasons for not being able to come. The man becomes furious and orders his servants
to invite the poor, the crippled and the lame in the streets and alleys. The
parable closes with the man saying, "None of those men who were invited, I tell
you all will taste my dinner." In other words, God may invite many to heaven
but only the downtrodden will arrive.
The following verses show that God will aid and support the oppressed believer:
- "He brought down mighty kings from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.
He filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away with empty hands"
"To set free the oppressed..." (Luke 4:18)
"you have not paid the wages to the men who work in the fields. Hear their
complaints! And the cries of those who gather in your crops have reached
the ears of God...." (James 5:4)
and the rich will receive their just desserts,
"But how terrible for you who are rich now: you have had your easy life!
How terrible for you who are full now: you will go hungry! How terrible
for you who laugh now: you will mourn and weep!" (Luke 6:24-25)
"The sun rises with its blazing heat and burns the plant; its bloom falls
off, and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way the rich man will be destroyed
while busy conducting his affairs" (James 1:11)
"And now, you rich people listen to me! Weep and wail over the miseries
that are coming upon you!" (James 5:1)
"It will be very hard, I tell you, for a rich man to enter the Kingdom
of heaven... it is much harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God
than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle" (Matt. 19:23-24)
But the Parable of Lazarus in Luke 16:19-25 is probably the most effective
piece of mass mollification. The narrative states that there was a rich man
who lived in luxury and a poor man named Lazarus who was full of sores and begged
at the rich man's door. Lazarus died and was taken to a feast in heaven but
when the rich man died he was put in great pain and suffering in Hades. The
rich man called out to heaven for pity and received the following reply. "Remember,
my son, that in your lifetime you were given all the good things, while Lazarus
got all the bad things; but now he is enjoying it here, while you are in pain."10
That such teachings as these fortify the status quo and strengthen the ruling
class11 by causing the masses to endure their lowly
state12 is all too obvious.
Just as important a tranquilizer as the promise of rewards for allowing themselves
to be oppressed (disguised under the euphemism of following in Christ's path)
is the teaching that believers are to welcome their suffering as a challenge
or test. The NT authors approached the problems of poverty and oppression in
a very ingenious manner. If the believer's condition improves he is told to
look upon this as a gift from God and remain humble. If his poverty and oppression
worsen he is to view this as a challenge,13 his
faith is being tested and increasingly tested as conditions deteriorate. If
he endures, all the greater will be the reward. So, no matter what happens the
believer is caught in a web of pacification. Few acts would be of greater benefit
to the ruling class than to convince the oppressed that misery is bliss and
worsening conditions should generate ever greater happiness and contentment.
Excellent relevant verses in this regard are:
- 10 (a) "The social principles of Christianity transfer the reparation
of all infamies to the realms of heaven and thus they justify the perpetuation
of these infamies on earth."
(b) "Those who toil and live in want all their lives are taught by
religion to be submissive and patient while here on earth and take comfort
in the hope of being rewarded in heaven."
11 (Add) "We, of course, say that we do not believe in God,
and that we know perfectly well that the clergy, the landlords and the
bourgeoisie spoke in the name of God in pursuit of their own interests
12 (a) "...the drugging of the workers by means of religion."
(b) "Religion is the opium of the people. Religion is a sort of spiritual
(c) "Religion is the opium of the people."
(d) "...it teaches people to bear misery 'uncomplainingly.' What a
profitable faith it is indeed for the governing classes! In a society
so organized that an insignificant minority enjoys wealth and power,
while the masses constantly suffer 'privations' and bear 'severe obligations,'
it is quite natural for the exploiters to sympathize with a religion
that teaches people to bear 'uncomplainingly' the hell on earth for
the sake of an alleged celestial paradise.... It is because religious
'delusions' are so widespread among the masses that the Stakhoviches
and the Oblomovs, and all our capitalists who live by the labour of
the masses...'sleep peacefully'."
13 (Add) Marx once made a similar statement. "The social
principles of Christianity declare all vile acts of the oppressors against
the oppressed to be either the just punishment of original sin and other
sins or trials that the Lord in his infinite wisdom imposes on those
"And we also rejoice in our troubles, for we know that trouble produces
endurance, endurance brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope"
"Happy is the man who remains faithful under trials; for when he succeeds
in passing the test he will be given life, the prize which God has promised
to those who love him" (James 1:12)
"Consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way,
for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result
is the ability to endure. But be sure that your endurance carries you all
the way, without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking
nothing" (James 1:2-4)
"Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be
sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose
is to prove that your faith is genuine...your faith...must also be tested
that it may endure" (1 Peter 1:6-7)
"My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering,
as though something unusual were happening to you. Rather be glad that you
are sharing Christ's sufferings..." (1 Peter 4:12-13)
"Happy are you poor: the Kingdom of God is yours! Happy are you who are
hungry now: you will be filled! Happy are you who weep now: you will laugh!"
"Happy are those who mourn: God will comfort them!" (Matt. 5:4)
"Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles..." (Romans
"For the sadness that is used by God brings a change of heart that leads
to salvation..." (2 Cor. 7:10)
"And now I am happy about my sufferings for you. For by means of my physical
sufferings I help complete what still remains of Christ's sufferings on
behalf of his body, which is the church" (Col. 1:24)
In each instance, tragedy is depicted as triumph. Regardless of what happens
to the believer, a subdued individual will be the result. In reality, misery
is not some sort of divine test but the by-product of demonstrable societal
forces and ruling class activities.
Because irrationality and a noticeable absence of valid evidence permeates
the NT, faith must necessarily be a hallmark of Christian theology. Literally
scores of statements are made without one shred of demonstrable evidence. The
promises contained in the Sermon on the Mount are just some examples. No matter
what material conditions tend to prove and regardless of how many statements
are unsubstantiated, believers are asked to uncritically accept the "truths"
of the NT on faith alone. Followers who will just listen and believe, regardless
of what reality says to the contrary, are what the NT authors seek to create.
Don't think, analyze and criticize; just listen, absorb, and believe is the
message. The following verses demonstrate this quite well.
- "To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of
the things we cannot see" (Heb. 11:1)
"Tell me who he is, sir, so I can believe in him!" (John 9:36)
"...it is through faith alone, from beginning to end. As the Scripture
says, 'He who is put right with God through faith shall live" (Romans 1:17)
"Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter
it" (Matt. 18:3, Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17)
"Instead, be modest in your thinking, and each one of you judge himself
according to the amount of faith that God has given him" (Romans 14:23)
"...the worthless deceit of human wisdom" (Col. 2:8)
"...God's plan which is known by faith" (1 Tim. 1:4)
"...I did not believe and so I did not know what I was doing" (1 Tim. 1:13)
"The promise was based on faith..." (Romans 4:16)
"Abraham believed and hoped, when there was no hope and so became the 'father
of many nations'" (Romans 4:18)
"...*the chosen people who were seeking a law that would put them right
with God did not find it. And why not? Because what they did was not based
on faith but on works" (Romans 9:31-32)
"No man can please God without faith" (Heb. 11:6)
In one parable in John 20:24-29 a disciple named Thomas would not believe that
Jesus appeared before the others until he saw the scars of the nails in Christ's
hands. When later they were shown and Thomas believed, Christ said, "How happy
are those who believe without seeing me."
Just as rational men do not accept misery as happiness, they do not accept
unsubstantiated allegations based on faith. An irrational philosophy of total
reliance upon, and submission to, fate is bound to create and perpetuate pain,
suffering and disappointment and motivate most observers to seek a more sensible
approach. Cognizant of this fact, NT authors again portrayed that which is ridiculous
as a test or challenge. Again, they managed to twist reality in such a manner
as to use damaging evidence for their own ends. Previously believers were told
to view misery as a welcomed physical test; now they are told to view blind,
irrational faith as a sort of mental test. A good verse to cite in this respect
is Romans 8:24-25 which says, "For it was by hope that we were saved; but if
we see what we hope for, then it is not really hope. For who hopes for something
that he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."
The masses are taught to conclude that the failure of faith, fate, or prayers
to alleviate their pain and suffering or provide for their daily needs is not
attributable to the fact that reliance upon them is useless, innocuous and debilitating
but to the fact that they have been insufficiently employed. Not less, but more
dependence upon prayer and faith is propounded. That is the essential message
of the following verses"
- "Be persistent in prayer" (Col. 4:2)
"Is there any one of you who is in trouble? He should pray.... This prayer,
made in faith will save the sick man: the Lord will restore him to health...."
Believe and somehow, "Whatever is covered up will be uncovered and every
secret will be made known" (Matt. 10:26, Mark 4:22, Luke 12:2)
In Luke 18:1-8 Jesus tells a parable about a fearless judge who was continually
bothered by a widow pleading for her rights. Finally the judge said, "Even though
I don't fear God or respect man, yet because of all the trouble this widow is
giving me I will see to it that she gets her rights; or else she will keep on
coming and wear me out." The moral of the story is that God will eventually
answer the prayers of those who are sufficiently persistent. This is analogous
to telling a drinker that his headache from overindulgence will disappear if
he resumes drinking. Problems are not solved by increased injections of that
which originally contributed to the difficulties. Dependence upon prayer, as
opposed to human labor, energy and ingenuity, divorces man from the real world,
creates unhealthy feelings of inadequacy, directs efforts into ineffective channels,
and allows problems to increase to the point where they often become overwhelming.
The negative side of prayer is far greater than the positive.
Anytime faith comes in the window planning goes out the door, and Christianity
is no exception in this regard. Believers are constantly urged to shun planning
because God will supposedly provide. Turn your life over to fate (which the
ruling class dominates) is the message in that which follows:
- "Look at the birds flying around: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest,
and put in barns; your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth
much more than birds? Which one of you can live a few years more by worrying
about it? And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they
do not work or make clothes for themselves.... It is God who clothes the wild
grass--grass that is here today, gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Will
he not be all the more sure to clothe you? How little your faith! So do not
start worrying: 'Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?
(These are the things the heathen are always after). Your Father in heaven
knows that you need all these things. Instead, give first place to his Kingdom
and to what he requires, and he will provide you with all these other things.
So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There
is no need to add to the troubles each day brings" (Matt. 6:26-34, Luke 12:24-31)
"Ask and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door
will be opened to you" (Matt. 7:7)
"Don't let yourselves become occupied with...the worries of this life...."
With the large number of extravagant claims and requests in the NT, it is understandable
that nearly every imaginable inducement to accept this philosophy is tendered.
No gun is left unfired, no trap unset. Anything will be made available upon
request. Note what follows:
- "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer" (Matt.
"When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it,
and everything will be given you" (Mark 11:24)
"If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it" (John 14:14)
"If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, then you will ask for
anything you wish, and you shall have it" (John 15:7)
"...ask and you will receive, so that your happiness may be complete" (Matt.
7:7, John 16:24)
"He gave us his Son--will he not also freely give us all things?" (Romans
"He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times...." (2
protection and aid will always be provided,
- "If God is for us, who can be against us" (Romans 8:31)
"Surely you know that you are God's temple, and that God's Spirit lives
in you! So if anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him" (1 Cor.
"He promised to save us from our enemies, and from the power of all those
who hate us" (Luke 1:71)
"No one will be able to harm you, because many in this city are my people"
"He will make you strong and keep you safe from the Evil One" (2 Thess.
"For we know that in all things God works for good with those who love
him...." (Romans 8:28)
"He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help those who
have all kinds of troubles...." (2 Cor. 1:4)
"And when they arrest you and take you to court, do not worry ahead of
time about what you are going to say; when the time comes, say whatever
is given to you then. For the words you speak will not be yours; they will
come from the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 10:19-20, Mark 13:11)
"And when his followers were in danger on a stormy lake, Jesus ordered
the wind to be quiet and the waves to be still" (Mark 4:39),
and powers more potent than those of superman will be conferred as can be noted
- "Remember this! If you have faith as big as a mustard seed, you can say
to this hill, 'Go from here to there!' and it will go. You could do anything"
"If you had faith as big as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry
tree, 'Pull yourself up by the roots and plant yourself in the sea' and
it would obey you" (Luke 17:6)
"If you believe, and do not doubt, you will be able to do what I have done
to this fig tree; not only this, you will even be able to say to this hill,
'Get up and throw yourself in the sea and it will" (Matt. 21:12, Mark 11:23)
"I have given you authority, so that you can walk on snakes and scorpions,
and over all the power of the Enemy, and nothing will hurt you" (Luke 10:19)
"..if they (Christ's followers--Ed.) pick up snakes or drink any poison,
they will not be harmed; they will place their hands on the sick, and they
will get well" (Mark 16:18)
"Everything is possible for the person who has faith" (Mark 9:23)
"And Peter said to the lame man, 'I have no money at all, but I will give
you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I order you to
walk.' Then he took him by his right hand and helped him up. At once the
man's feet and ankles became strong; he jumped up, stood on his feet and
started walking around" (Acts 3:6-8)
From immortality (Romans 6:23) to owning the universe (Mark 11;24, John 15:7)
nothing is too good for the true believer.
Those who feel the hour is too early to become a Christian are warned to be
ready now in such verses as:
- "...the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him"
(Matt. 24:44, Luke 12:40)
"Watch, then, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming--it
might be in the evening, or at midnight, or before dawn, or at sunrise.
If he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep! What I say to you, then,
I say to all: Watch!" (Mark 13:35-37)
"...the day of the Lord will come like a thief comes at night. When people
say, 'Everything is quiet and safe,' then suddenly destruction will hit
them!" (1 Thess. 5:2-3)
"But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief" (2 Peter 3:10)
Jesus concluded the parable of Ten Girls with Oil Lamps found in Matt. 25:1-13
by saying, "Watch out, then, because you do not know the day or hour"
while those who feel the hour is too late because of the nature of past activities
are promised forgiveness in a series of parables.
In the Parable of Two Sons found in Matt. 21:28-32 a father asked his older
son to work in the vineyard and he refused but later went. The younger son immediately
agreed but never went. Who was the better person Christ asks and his audience
replies, "The older one." Christ says, "The tax collectors and the prostitutes
are going into the Kingdom of God ahead of you. For John the Baptist came to
you showing you the right path to take, and you would not believe him; but the
tax collectors and prostitutes believed him." The moral of the story is that
those who did wrong in the beginning but later change will be forgiven.
In another parable found in Luke 7:36-48 a sinful woman slavishly cleansed
Christ's feet while he visited the home of Simon the Pharisee. Christ forgave
her sins saying, ""Do you Simon see this woman? I came into your home, and you
gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and
dried them with her hair. You did not welcome me with a kiss, but she has not
stopped kissing my feet since I came. You provided no oil for my head, but she
has covered my feet with perfume." In other words, those who slavishly serve
the Christian theology will be saved regardless of past behavior.
It's never too late is also the conclusion to be drawn from the parable of
The Lost Son found in Luke 15:11-32. A young boy left home, went elsewhere to
live, led a corrupt life, found conditions were worse, returned home, begged
forgiveness from his father who represents God and was pardoned.
A final parable found in Acts 20:9-10 relates how a young man named Eutychus,
who was sleeping in a window while Paul was talking, fell to his death and was
later awakened by Paul. In other words, even though an individual may have ignored
Christian teachings, he can still be aided. "Then God has given to the Gentiles
also the opportunity to repent and live" as we see in Acts 11:18.
In many instances, especially where NT teachings are highly dubious, out-and-out
terror is employed. Skeptics and other rational critics, as well as wayward
believers, are threatened with a whole gamut of cruel and unusual punishments
if they do not succumb. Recourse to terrorism is found in Matt. 7:26, 10:15,
10:28, 10:39, 11:24, 12:31, 12:32, 12:36, 13:42, 13:50, Mark 9:44, 16:8, Luke
1:50, 1:65, 2:9, 2:25, 3:9, 3:17, 10:12, 12:5, 13:3, 13:5, 17:32, John 3:18,
3:36, 8:24, Acts 5:5, 10:35, Romans 6:23, 14:10, 14:12, 1 Tim. 5:20, and Hebrews
Miracles are also extensively utilized as a fearsome reinforcement mechanism.
In a large number of instances, a miracle of one sort or another, such as healing
sick people, follows various messages, especially the highly questionable variety.
Prominent examples are: Matt. 1:18, 4:2, 4:24, 8:3, 8:13, 8:15, 8:26, 9:6-7,
9:22, 9:25, 9:29-30, 9:32-33, 10:1, 12:13, 12:22, 14:14, 14:25, 14:36, 15:28,
15:30, 17:18, 19:2, 20:34, 21:14, 21:19, 27:51-52, 28:2, Mark 1:31, 1:34, 1:42,
2:12, 3:5, 4:39, 5:29, 5:42, 6:13, 6:48, 6:56, 7:29-30, 7:32-37, 8:22-25, 9:3,
9:25, 10:52, Luke 4:39, 4:41, 5:13, 5:24-25, 7:15, 7:21-22, 13:13, 14:4, 17:14,
18:40-43, John 5:5-9, 9:7, 11:43-44, Acts 3:1-8, 5:15-16, 9:33-34, 9:36-40,
12:7, and 13:11. After nearly every teaching session Christ's powers are reaffirmed
by the performance of a miracle or miracles. If the latter were not extensively
utilized, Jesus would appear to be little more than an average citizen expressing
personal opinions. Accounts of miracles create submission, humility, awe, slavishness,
and fear in the mind of the hearer. The alleged existence of miracles is used
in a manner similar to that of Spanish conquistadores employing demonstrations
of cannon fire to frighten and intimidate New World Indians. Teach, intimidate,
teach intimidate, teach intimidate is the cycle. The beneficent act of curing
the sick is the facade, intimidation is the reality. The fear of an alleged
omnipotent God, which is generated by Christian teachings, is not a temporary
aberration from the Christian path but an inseparable part of the whole philosophy.
Of this there can be no doubt. God is to be feared as we see in Luke 12:5 which
says, "I will show you whom to fear: fear God who, after killing, has the authority
to throw into hell. Yes, I tell you, be afraid of him!"
A final method by which people are persuaded to accept Christian teachings
involves the use of spirits and other supernatural phenomena, which are liberally
sprinkled throughout the NT. Discussions of angels, ghosts, demons, Satan, and
other beings are used to overawe non-Christians and cause them to accept Christian
ideology out of fear for their security. Even though the existence of supernatural
beings is never proven, the very fact that they are discussed intimidates many
readers. The supernatural is found in Matt. 1:18, 3:16, 4:5, 4:11, 17:5, Mark
1:10, 1:13, 1:23, 1:26, 1:34, 1:39, 5:15, 5:18, 6:13, 6:49, 8:33, 8:38, 9:7,
13:11, 16:17, Luke 1:26, 1:34, 2:9, 2:13, 2:17, 2:27, 3:22, 4:1, 4:41, 9:1,
9:35, 9:42, 12:10, 22:43, Acts 5:3, 10:3, 12:7, 12:23, 13:10, 1 Cor. 10:10 and
2 Cor. 11:14.
Any philosophy, theory, or ideology that is based essentially on faith, irrationality
and blind obedience to unsubstantiated allegations, propositions and promises
is going to be highly vulnerable to criticisms and attack. The contentions of
people who rely more on faith than reason, belief than proof, compliance than
criticism, superstition than science will always be subject to refutation and
disproof. The NT's response to this problem is one of solidification and isolation.
Adherents are to be made so determined in their faith that no amount of contradictory
evidence loosens their resolve. The attitude the NT seeks to create is, "I do
not care what evidence exists to prove that various phenomena or teachings in
the NT are a fraud and that the work is essentially an indoctrinating tool wielded
by the ruling class, if the NT says it then it must be true." Once this outlook
is inculcated, the door has slammed shut to any further dialogue. Reasoning
is no longer of any use, Christ has taken over. Solidification works best through
isolation. Believers are warned to refrain from argumentation and disputation
with all critics and non-believers. The latter are to be considered wrong and
that's that. Do not listen to them is the message in the following verses:
- "Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be
done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live
together? ...what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever" (2 Cor.
"...do not let anyone fool you with false arguments, no matter how good
they seem to be" (Col. 2:4)
"Avoid the godless talk and foolish arguments of 'Knowledge,' as some people
wrongly call it" (1 Tim. 6:20-21)
"Remind your people of this, and give them solemn warning in God's presence
not to fight over words. It does no good, but only ruins the people who
listen.... Keep away from godless and foolish discussions, which only drive
people further away from God" (2 Tim. 2:14-16)
"But stay away from foolish and ignorant arguments; you know that they
end up in quarrels. The Lord's servant must not quarrel" (2 Tim. 2:23-24)
"But avoid stupid arguments, long lists of names of ancestors, quarrels,
and fights about the law. They are useless and worthless. Give at least
two warnings to the man who causes divisions, and then have nothing more
to do with him" (Titus 3:9-10)
"It (the tongue--Ed.) is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison!"
Even the most rational, peaceful, thoroughly researched, scientific discussions
are deemed foolish because they supposedly create nothing more than quarrels
and fights. This has been the time honored approach of demagogues for centuries--indoctrinate
and isolate, isolate and indoctrinate. The real reason arguments are to be avoided
is that Christian teachings can not withstand rational analysis and believers
are liable to be swayed in another direction.14
- 14 (Add) "And the more education spreads among the people, the
more will religious prejudices give way to socialist consciousness, the nearer
will be the day of victory for the proletariat--the victory that will emancipate
all oppressed masses from the slavery they endure in modern society."
It is strictly taboo for believers to criticize or test what they are told
according to Matt. 4:7 and 1 Cor. 10:9 ("You must not put the Lord your God
to the test") and Romans 9:20 ("But who are you my friend, to talk back to God?
A clay pot does not ask the man who made it, 'Why did you make me like this?").
Mark 11:27-33 relates a story in which Jesus is asked, "What right do you have
to do these things? Who gave you the right do them?" Christ replies by stating
that if they will answer his question, he will answer theirs. His question is
too difficult to answer and he closes by saying, "Neither will I tell you, then,
by what right I do these things." In other words, don't question Christ's authority.
He does not have to give a reply. Testing is not needed, since by some mysterious
process the alleged truth of Christianity will be shown believers. As Luke 7:35
says, "God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by all who accept it" and
1 John 2:27 says, "As long as his Spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone
to teach you. For the Spirit teaches you about everything, and what he teaches
is true, not false."
It is virtually impossible for a critic, analyst, or close observer to be honest,
sincere, and well-meaning in his criticism. The NT depicts him as a cunning,
deceitful, hypocritical trickster consciously or unconsciously attempting to
lead the unwary Christian down the rose-lined path to destruction. Proving the
contrary is ruled out ab initio. Here, more than anywhere else, the NT propounds
the ultimate in closemindedness. To cast suspicion on all those who present
another approach to life or question the accuracy of Christian beliefs by depicting
them as false prophets and deceivers is the nadir of degeneracy. Although not
directly stated, the NT has given its adherents the impression that any and
all critics are hypocritical frauds misleading the unwary as is revealed by
the following verses:
- "Watch out for false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the
outside, but they are really like wild wolves on the inside" (Matt. 7:15)
"Then many false prophets will appear and fool many people" (Matt. 24:11)
"Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Messiah!' or 'There he
is!'--do not believe him. For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear;
they will perform great signs and wonders for the purpose of deceiving God's
chosen people.... or, if people should tell you, 'Look, he is out in the
desert!'--don't go there; or if they say, 'Look, he is hiding here!'--don't
believe it" (Matt. 24:23-26)
"There will be those who will say to you, 'Look, over there!' or, 'Look,
over here!' But don't go out looking for it" (Luke 17:23)
"...some men will abandon the faith in later times; they will obey lying
spirits and follow the teachings of demons. These teachings come from the
deceit of men who are liars and whose consciences are dead...." (1 Tim.
"Whoever teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the true
words of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching of our religion is
swollen with pride and knows nothing. He has an unhealthy desire to argue
and quarrel about words...." (1 Tim. 6:3-4).
"False prophets appeared in the past among the people, and in the same
way false teachers will appear among you. They will bring in destructive,
untrue doctrines.... Even so, many will follow their immoral ways; and,
because of what they do, people will speak evil of the Way of truth. In
their greed these false teachers will make a profit out of telling you made-up
stories" (2 Peter 2:1-3)
"Because many men will come in my name saying, 'I am the Messiah!' and
fool many people" (Matt. 24:5)
When the amount of facts, data, and evidence tending to invalidate Christian
beliefs becomes overwhelming, the ultimate creator of isolation is employed.
Believers are assured that they possess a secret truth which is incomprehensible
to outsiders. Although a mountain of evidence may exist to prove that following
Christ involves a deceptive, masochistic form of self-torture which only benefits
the ruling class, Christians are told to ignore reality and view critics as
hopeless fools incapable of understanding the higher truth. In essence, the
NT's message is, "Forget what reality says, listen to what I say." Verses to
read in this regard are:
- "Yet I do speak wisdom to those who are spiritually mature. But it is not
the wisdom that belongs to this world, or to the powers that rule this world....
The wisdom I speak is God's secret wisdom, hidden from men..." (1 Cor. 2:6-7)
"So then, we do not speak in words taught by human wisdom.... He (the man
who does not have the spirit--Ed.) really does not understand them; they
are nonsense to him, because their value can be judged only on a spiritual
basis" (1 Cor. 2:13-14)
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, I will set aside the understanding
of the scholars. So then, where does that leave the wise men? Or the scholars?
Or the skillful debaters of this world? God has shown that this world's
wisdom is foolishness! For God in his wisdom made it impossible for men
to know him by means of their own wisdom. Instead, God decided to save those
who believe, by means of the 'foolish' message we preach" (1 Cor. 1:19-21)
"For what seems to be God's foolishness is wiser than men's wisdom..."
(1 Cor. 1:25)
"God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to put
wise men to shame, and what the world considers weak in order to put powerful
men to shame" (1 Cor. 1:27)
"They say they are wise, but they are fools" (Romans 1:22)
"Because men are such fools...." (Romans 1:24)
"If anyone among you thinks that he is a wise man by this world's standards,
he should become a fool, in order to be really wise. For what this world
considers to be wisdom is nonsense in God's sight.... God traps the wise
men in their cleverness.... The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise
are worthless" (1 Cor. 3:18-20)
"For Christ's sake we are fools; but you are wise in Christ" (1 Cor. 4:10)
Again the NT has managed to turn ominous defeat into a partial victory. Contradictory
data is portrayed as a test of the believer's faith. The more out-of-tune with
reality Christianity becomes, the greater the test and ultimate reward. Teaching
an individual to "become a fool in order to become wise" ranks with the ultimate
in indoctrination. If this is not a black is white approach, it's a close approximation.
The lengths to which the ruling class will go to generate support for the prevailing
system are truly awesome.
Much of the remainder of the NT is devoted to urging those who have succumbed:
to spread the philosophy, "Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them
my disciples" (Matt. 28:19),
to act as dedicated soldiers, "Take your part in suffering, as a loyal soldier
of Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 2:3),
to be active, "...faith without actions is dead" (James 2:26),
to teach the young (Luke 5:36-38), to be patient
(Luke 13:6-9), to be knowledgeable, "...and you should know how to give the
right answer to every person" (Col. 4:6),
to accept scorn and ridicule, "All who want to live a godly life in union with
Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Tim. 3:12),
to willingly sacrifice everything, "...none of you can be my disciple unless
he gives up everything he has" (Luke 14:33),
to endure all suffering for their beliefs, "We boast about the way you continue
to endure and believe, through all the persecutions and sufferings you are experiencing"
(2 Thess. 1:4),
and to voluntarily die if necessary, "Then men will arrest you and hand you
over to be punished, and you will be put to death" (Matt. 24:9).
Before concluding, special consideration should be given to the fact that the
NT's authors, consistent with all other ruling class spokesmen, blame an alleged
human nature for the ills that plague mankind, rather than a material arrangement
of society that benefits a few at the expense of millions. Some sort of psychological
makeup in men, whose existence is never proven, whose nature is never discussed,
whose composition is never defined, whose cause is never revealed, rather than
material conditions, is supposedly responsible for humanity's problems.
Their reasoning in this regard is as follows. Since man made society and material
conditions, since he is responsible for their arrangement, then whatever ills
and evils exist are ultimately caused by man and not material conditions or
society. Man makes his environment more than the environment makes man; thus,
evil must originate in man. That his human nature is evil is the contention
one will find in the following verses:
- "It is what comes out of a person that makes him unclean. For from the inside,
from a man's heart, come the evil ideas which lead him to do immoral things,
to rob, kill, commit adultery, covet, and do all sorts of evil things; deceit,
indecency, jealously, slander, pride, and folly--all these evil things come
from inside a man and make him unclean" (Mark 7:20-23)
"Don't you understand? Nothing that goes into a person from the outside
can really make him unclean, because it does not go into his heart but into
his stomach..." (Mark 7:18-19)
"There is nothing that goes into a person from the outside which can make
him unclean. Rather it is what comes out of a person that makes him unclean"
"But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew all men well.
There was no need for anyone to tell him about men, for he well knew what
goes on in their hearts" (John 2:24-25)
"...every man is a liar..." (Romans 3:4)
"There is not a single man who is righteous...." (Romans 3:10)
"...all men have sinned and are far away from God's saving presence" (Romans
"Sin came into the world through one man...." (Romans 5:12) "...the one
sin condemned all men...." (Romans 5:18)
"I know that good does not live in me--that is, in my human nature" (Romans
"...while my human nature served the law of sin" (Romans 7:25)
"What the Law could not do, because human nature was weak, God did. He
condemned sin in human nature...." (Romans 8:3)
"For those who live as their human nature tells them to live, have their
minds controlled by what human nature wants.... To have your mind controlled
by what human nature wants will result in death" (Romans 8:5-6)
"So then, my brothers, we have an obligation, but not to live as our human
nature wants us to. For if you live according to your human nature, you
are going to die" (Romans 8:12-13)
"...let the Spirit direct your lives, and do not satisfy the desires of
the human nature.... What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself
in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions in worship of idols and witchcraft.
People become enemies, they fight, become jealous, angry, and ambitious.
They separate into parties and groups; they are envious, get drunk, have
orgies...." (Gal. 5:16-21)
"...those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature
with all its passions and desires" (Gal. 5:24)
So human nature is the villain according to NT teachings and from it spring
all the problems of mankind.
The major fallacy of this reasoning lies in the fact that it does not start
from an awareness of the crucial importance of the class struggle to history
and the material conditions from which it and all the accompanying problems
arose. Not an alleged evil nature within mankind but a small minority of men
is responsible for the arrangement of society and the attendant problems. As
was mentioned in The Relevance of Marxism, a small group (the ruling
class) restructured society not out of any innate or malicious intent but simply
to more adequately secure their own survival, which is to be expected of any
living organism. Low productivity, lack of adequate material goods, and an insecure
existence (material conditions) compelled a minority of people to change society
so as to more adequately insure their safety and well-being. The ills and problems
which have plagued society ever since were the unintentional and unavoidable
by-products of this restructuring and did not emerge from an alleged human nature.
Man's freedom in regard to the abolishment of society's ills and, thus, his
responsibility has been relatively minor.
PART V (CONCLUSION)
What, then, has Christ's death on the cross meant for humanity if not salvation?
What does Christianity mean if not peace, love and brotherhood? For hundreds
of millions of trusting souls it has engendered bondage, bondage to an ideology
which is the very antithesis of that which it purports to represent. Masked
as a friend of the poor and oppressed, it actually serves the rich and elite.
Billed as a purveyor of peace and love, it buttresses systems which negate peace
and love from the beginning. Supposedly an answer to humanity's problems, it
does little more than urge followers to seek aid and succor from a nebulous
other-world while leaving the arrangement of society intact. Never does the
NT advise followers to:
revolt when unjustly oppressed,
oppose private property or exploitation,
seek equality instead of subservience,15
seek justice instead of submission,
seek involvement rather than escape,
seek improvement rather than acceptance,
seek pride and self-respect instead of self-debasement,
seek proof rather than faith,
seek a reasonably decent life instead of abject poverty and all the accompanying
ignorance, disease, infant mortality and misery,
labor and plan instead of hope and pray,
deny support to the ruling authorities for wrongful acts instead of obeying
their every command, or blame the arrangement of society (material conditions),
instead of the individual, for the latter's behavior.
Christianity, the NT, and Christ are all euphemisms for a covert, insidious
form of slavery.16 The behavior of an ideal Christian
would be comparable to that of a slave or sheep. In fact, Christ, himself, makes
this comparison since it would be ridiculous to deny its validity. In each of
the following examples the words "Jesus," "Christ," or "God," could easily be
replaced by the phrases "the ruling class" or "the prevailing private property
- "Listen! I (Christ--Ed.) am sending you just like sheep to a pack of wolves"
"So Jesus said again: 'I tell you the truth: I am the door for the sheep'"
(John 10:7) "My sheep listen to my voice" (John 10:27)
"Jesus said to him, 'Take care of my lambs'" (John 21:15)
"Jesus said to him, 'Take care of my sheep'" (John 21:16, 17)
"Keep watch over yourselves and over the flock...." (Acts 20:28)
"...our Lord Jesus, who is the Great Shepherd of the sheep..." (Hebrews
"You were like sheep..." (1 Peter 2:25)
"...be shepherds of the flock..." (1 Peter 5:2)
"...the man who does not enter the sheepfold by the door.... The man who
goes in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.... The gatekeeper opens
the gate for him; the sheep hear his voice as he calls his own sheep by
name...." (John 10:1-3)
"...a free man who has been called by Christ is his slave" (1 Cor. 7:22)
"...I am the slave of Jesus" (Gal. 6:17)
"...as slaves of Christ" (Eph. 6:6)
"...but live as God's slaves" (1 Peter 2:16)
"...slaves of God" (Romans 6:22)
15 "...in what Christian dogma is there any talk of equalite?"
16 (a) (Add) "...the sacred things which priests use to
confuse the minds of fools, promising them the kingdom of heaven as
a reward for slavery on earth."
(b) (Add) "...the preaching of one of the most odious things on earth,
(c) (Add) "...any religious idea, any idea of any god at all, any flirtation
even with a god, is the most inexpressible foulness, particularly tolerantly...accepted
by the democratic bourgeoisie--for that very reason it is the most dangerous
foulness, the most shameful 'infection.' A million physical sins, dirty
tricks, acts of violence and infections are much more easily discovered
by the crowd, and therefore are much less dangerous, than the subtle,
spiritual idea of god, dressed up in the most attractive 'ideological'
(d) (Add) A friend of Lenin's, Maxim Gorky, once wrote an article favorable
to religion. After reading the article Lenin gave the following incisive
analysis. "And it (Gorky's writing--Ed.) is clearly wrong and clearly
reactionary. Like the Christian socialists (the worst variety of 'socialism,'
and its worst distortion), you make use of a method which (despite your
best intentions) repeats the hocus-pocus of the priests: you eliminate
from the idea of God everything about it that is historical and drawn
from real life (filth, prejudice, sanctified ignorance and degradation,
on the one hand, serfdom and monarchy, on the other), and instead of
the reality of history and life there is substituted in the idea of
God a gentle petty-bourgeois phrase.... Your wish in so doing is to
say something 'good and kind,' to point out 'truth and justice' and
the like. But your good wish remains your personal affair, a subjective
'innocent desire.' Once you have written it down, it goes out among
the masses, and its significance is determined not by your good wishes,
but by the relationship of social forces, the objective relationship
of classes. By virtue of that relationship it turns out (irrespective
of your will and independently of your consciousness) that you have
put a good color and a sugary coating on the idea of the clericals....since
in practice the idea of God helps them keep the people in slavery. By
beautifying the idea of god, you have beautified the chains with which
they fetter ignorant peasants and workers.... ...God is (in history
and in real life) first of all the complex of ideas generated by the
brutish subjection of man both by external nature and by the class yoke--ideas
which consolidate that subjection, lull to sleep the class struggle....
Nowadays both in Europe and in Russia any, even the most refined and
best-intentioned defense or justification of the idea of God is a justification
Author's Addendum to Footnote 16:
- As a subnote to this we might note that with their constant emphasis
upon peace, love, submission, humility, and obedience, it is not difficult
to understand why Christian missionaries were sent into Asia, Africa,
and Latin America ahead of Spanish, French, Portugese and Italian
invaders. As one African said so poignantly, "When the colonialists
came they had the Bible and we had the land; now we have the Bible
and they have the land."
Christians have been called men enchained as the following verses justify:
and once, Christ was so degrading and revealing as to compare converting human
beings with catching fish. In Luke 5:9-10 he said, "He (Simon--Ed.) and all
the others with him were amazed at the large number of fish they had caught.
The same was true of Simon's partners.... Jesus said to Simon, 'Don't be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men'."
Even though Christians are repeatedly referred to as sheep and slaves, the
NT proclaims in 2 Cor. 3:17 that, "...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there
is liberty." It would be difficult to imagine a statement more at variance with
reality. Few utterances in the NT are more erroneous. A dominant theme of the
entire work is that individuals should totally and unquestioningly surrender
themselves to Christ without hesitation or qualms while discounting all information
which tends to prove the idiocy of such an act. The NT equates this with freedom.
Slavery in following Christ, being a slave of Christ, is freedom according to
the NT. Webster's Dictionary defines freedom as the "liberation from slavery"
and if this is accurate, then any form of slavery automatically obviates freedom.
Contradictions of this nature should not be surprising, however, since allegations
which violate every form of rational thought permeate the NT. Any book contending
that misery is to be welcomed as a test of one's faith, that lack of valid evidence
for its teachings is to be viewed as a welcome challenge to one's beliefs and
that the remedy for ineffective prayer is more prayer can understandably allege
that slavery is freedom. It is nothing more than the logical conclusion of a
Unfortunately, many persons have already succumbed to Christian teachings and
of those tragic individuals who doggedly believe despite all information demonstrating
the NT's value to the ruling class alone, one can only conclude by quoting the
author or authors of Galatians 6:14 who wrote one of the classic statements
of the entire NT, "...for by means of his cross the world is dead to me, and
I am dead to the world."17
- 17 (a) (Add) "The slave who is aware of his slavish condition and fights
it is a revolutionary. The slave who is not aware of his slavish condition
and vegetates in silent, unlightened, wordless slavery, is just a slave. The
slave who drools when smugly describing the delights of slavish existence
and who goes into ecstasies over his good and kind master is a grovelling
(b) (Add) "Nobody is to be blamed for being born a slave; but a slave
who not only eschews a striving for freedom but justifies and eulogizes
his slavery...such a slave is a lickspittle and a boor, who arouses
a legitimate feeling of indignation, contempt, and loathing."
LIST OF QUOTED SOURCES
1. Lenin, Alliance of the Working Class and the Peasantry. Moscow: Foreign
Languages Publishing House, 1959.
2. Lenin, The Collapse of the Second International. Moscow: FLPH, 1952.
3. Lenin, Collected Works. 45 Volumes, Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1963-1970.
4. Lenin, On Socialist Ideology and Culture. Moscow: FLPH, 2nd Edition.
5. Lenin, Selected Works. 3 Volumes, Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1967.
6. Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1966.
7. Marx and Engels, The German Ideology. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1964.
8. Marx and Engels, On Religion. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1966.
9. Marx and Engels, Selected Works. 2 Volumes, Moscow: FLPH, 5th Impression,
10. Mehring, Franz, Karl Marx. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press,
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