Monday, May 24, 2010
MARXISM Vs. CHRISTIANITY: AN OVERVIEW
I don't think you can be Marxist and Christian.
Marxists resent their place, and want to improve their fate, and the fate of all others.
Christians accept their place, and the place of all others.
Marxists are secularists, and see religious life as opium.
Christians believe in the other world, and see the pleasures of this life as distractions.
Marxists don't believe there should be a separation of belief and the state. They are one-kingdom thinkers.
Christians believe in a separation of church and state, and are two-kingdom thinkers.
Marxists put the Party at the center of life.
Christians put the Family at the center of life.
Can one be a Christian and a Marxist?
Can one really serve two masters?
Satan resented his position and fate, and wanted to be equal to Christ.
Christ accepted his position and fate, including the Crucifixion.
Marxist thought traces back 150 years to Germany. Marx himself hated many other classes, and said that his rival Ferdinand La Salle had "the dirty blood of a Negro Jew."
Jesus was a Jew, and said that there was such a thing as a Good Samaritan. He never denounced anyone on the basis of their bloodline. Christianity traces back 2000 years to the Gospels and to the life that is recorded in them.
On the cultural level, Marxists believe that art should illustrate and support the theories of the Party, or else the artist should be banished or killed.
In Christian circles, art is considered adiaphora, and is a realm in which the freedom of inquiry granted to all believers is paramount.
Marxism is based on hatred of worldly inequality, while Christianity accepts worldly inequality, but posits an otherworldly equality in which the coinage is the soul.
If one were to make a Venn diagram, I don't see where the two overlap at all except in the ELCA's Bishop Hanson where they are more or less identical and the calendar never changes past the year 1968 AD.