Does Socialism contradict the Bible?

Does Socialism contradict the Bible?

Does Socialism contradict the Bible?

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Jay Richards looks to the 10 Commandments to explain why the Bible presupposes an economic system that contradicts Socialism. Richards explains why respect for private property has been important throughout history, and why private property is at the root of Christian thinking.

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  1. John Adams

    Capatilism is when Big Corporations from the Private Health Industry develop a vaccine for Covid-19 from the labor of the working class then refuse to give the rights so other third world countries can't have the vaccine for profits. This is Genocide. This is a product of "free markets". Along with Imperialism, a scams Healthcare System that bankrupts 500k plus a year, that has 80% of it's workers living paycheck to paycheck, a thriving racist prison Industry that has a Market attached to it, and a child poverty rate that is Equivalent to Venezuela. A country that the US has Immoral sanctions that deprive it if food and Medicine starving 40k at last count. Yeah 100% this is a Jesus friendly economy. GTHOH.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  2. John Adams

    Uhh. Jesus taught the Great Reversal. A key component of that is the rich shall be poor and the poor shall be Rich. Jesus was advocating a reversal of the Social Order.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  3. Light of Joy Ministries

    We need to look into the law of the Jewish nation….how every 50 years, they were to observe year of Jubilee. How each got bavk their lost properties. Was it a capitalism?

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  4. 5DSpirituality Debunking YTbers

    Then the Christian view is a materialist view

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  5. Cultural Observer

    This video is stating truth! Another reason that Christianity and Socialism are incompatible is the fact that one of the foundations of Socialism is ATHEISM. Socialism rejects all faiths and rejects the idea that God is the Provider of all we need.

    A Socialist nation expects it’s citizens to see the Socialist government as their only provider of everything instead of God! The huge problem of seeing the government as one’s provider is the fact that a government can abuse their power over their citizens as the “great” provider of food, income; etc. and could withhold basic things one needs to survive if individuals do not do what the government expects of them! This setup completely takes away individual freedom and instead creates extreme abuses towards citizens that lead to violence, imprisonment and even murder. An example of this is when Russia was a Communist/Socialist nation; millions died of unjust government abuse, and murder. Millions suffered…..!! Since Socialism was first put into practice 104 years ago, it has killed approximately 100 million people worldwide!!

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  6. Real Deal Reds

    We don't want to steal anything and we don't covet anything. The socially produced, but privately owned, property embedded in a steel mill or bank isn't the same as the personal property in your garage workshop, or even a small business. The land and labor are the source of value.

    For one, we don't bail out the little guys, yet failing to bail out the big guys would mean rolling layoffs and economic catastrophy for most. The owners engage in this behavior because they don't actually like risk. Any claim otherwise is empty rhetoric.

    Any Christian should be able to understand the absurdity of charging several hundred percent over the production cost for medicine the research of which was mostly publicly funded, and was usually already paid for decades ago.

    Any Christian should be able to see the absurdity of an economy that destroys food while people go hungry, to keep prices up. Or let's houses and hotels sit vacant while people are homeless.

    It takes a great deal of violence and coercion to maintain capitalism, for very little benefit to the average person. For all the political activism of Christians wanting to ban gay marriage or abortion using the coercive violence of these states, few seem to want to live up to Biblical mandates on health care, housing, clothing, etc

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  7. Carlos Spicyweiner

    I think you had better deal with your fantasy of a god existing, before you try to point out flaws in other systems.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  8. Galvanized Gamer

    This is typical capitalist projection. You seem to but under the mistaken guise that socialism steals from those who labour to give to those who don't, when in fact that's just Capitalism doing its thing. Not only is socialism compatible with the Bible, capitalism is inherently not compatible with biblical teaching

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  9. DD Twofourteen

    It takes a lot of maturity to understand the brilliance of Biblical wisdom; i.e. the 7 deadly sins such as envy. History prior to 1950s was filled with hardships that matured people rapidly, whereas today, we're extremely spoiled, entertaining utopian ideals, but it's not coincidental that the more secular a society turns, the more illogical it becomes.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  10. SlimBack121

    What about the practice of gleaning? It wasn’t a suggestion in biblical times, but a law. Taking your private property and putting it into a community fund sure sounds like socialism to me.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  11. Potato Man

    Another day, another strawman.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  12. Kemeticos

    Capitalism is anti-Christian. Anyone that is Christian cannot be capitalist. If they claim both, then they are lying about one, and usually it is their religious view. The Bible, however, allows for socialism of all spectrums. Not only it says a Christian is to live in a collective but also abandon the corporatism and greed capitalism brings. Even the Bible shows how Jesus was betrayed by money and the closest capitalist figure in the Bible, which was Judah Iscariot.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  13. Ccrrinton Wright

    You’re taking the word of God to promote your own greed.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  14. Ccrrinton Wright

    Did you read the whole Bible my friend..

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  15. Benny Koay

    I think u define socialism defined as communism. For 2020, I do not think the world is running pure socialism, pure communism, or even pure capitalism. I do not think anywhere in the Bible encouraging us to live in any ideology, others than live like Christ and love others like Jesus loves his church.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  16. Debra C

    Wow, apparently Richards has never had an opportunity to read the Gospels, let alone a comprehensive history book! The misinformation (to put it mildly)in this video is simply mind-boggling.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  17. Anada Vue

    You sir are equating Socialism with Communism. They are not the same. I live in a Democratic Socialist country and own property. There are more than two political parties

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  18. Hunter Mears

    There’s a difference between private property and personal property; even Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto says that. Communism seeks to abolish private property not personal property. The difference between the two is private property would be things like land; personal property is commodities such as a toothbrush or a lamp. Even then the Bible still states that we are not to be selfish, but what do you know, that has been put forth towards the culture capitalism has created. In fact everything which capitalism causes is not virtuous. Acts 4 even talks about distribution according to need. It’s pretty clear now that your argument is fallacious; you are only a product of the influence of post-capitalist society. Arguments such as “what about human nature” or “socialism is when the government does stuff” have been drilled into your heads for your whole lives; now you cannot escape this hive mind of far right propaganda because of the ignorance capitalism gave you. All the bad in the world is from capitalism, For example, 3rd world countries are in starvation because of corporations taking recourse from them, and taking them to 1st world countries like America. First off, this is theft, and second off, this is a product of capitalism as this has only happened because of greed and this is the product of an action called “globalization”, which was agreed upon by countries in the U.N to increase economic growth, but what has this led to, poverty. One question, would the Bible support this?

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  19. samuel gebru

    Commandment 10: though shall not covet
    The guy in the video: praises a system (capitalism) that is powered by coveting 😂
    Read books before you make a video!

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  20. R. M.

    Please know the diffrence of personal property and private property. Before you open your mouth. Enough Bible crap comes out of there maybe learning something with facts and logic or even simple definitions will help your case

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  21. samename1st

    Proverbs is very close to an economics text book. A practical Biblical economic theory can be built from Proverbs, along with 1&2 Timothy and 1&2 Thessalonians (not to mention the property law in the Mosaic Law, if you are up for a little more intensive read). These lay out a framework for a philanthropic capitalism system. This system has a stark divide between the unwilling and the unable to work. Also has the same starkness between righteousness and cruelty, prudence and greed, wisdom and pride.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  22. Knoxville Tennessee Ultra-Leftist

    THIS IS NOT TRUE, THE NEW TESTAMENT IS A SOCIALIST, PRO-SOCIALISM BOOK

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  23. The YouTube Poop

    This video is Blasphemy! Follow the New Testament.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  24. kebyonatin

    This guy is an ass. God doesnt care about your belongings. maybe God is a socialist for all we know.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  25. whateva1983

    this is totally wrong:

    1. do not steal: that is precisely an element of a lot of socialism: that the wealth is not legitimate and specially, even directly stolen, by stealing surplus value, abusing human dignity (buying it cheap), through antecedents of slavery and land robbery and so on.

    2. do not covet: socialism is not not made socialists can have things that others don't per se and because they want it: it's so that everyopne can have a life according to human dignity.

    3. you probably take the stealing command too literally: there are many ways to steal, like paying a worker a shit salary or selling pesticides like monsanto or financial isntruments that will hurt the economy, or taking more than what you deserve given the service you have done, or what' s actualy agreed to be your part by your community.

    4. under socialism you still have what's understood by private property: personal property. it's the stupid toothbrush thing: yes, uder communism you will have your own toothbrush to use it however you want.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  26. Micah Tewers

    Fallllseee

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  27. orbninja_

    "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" Matthew 19:24

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  28. Rai Miranda

    Well of course Communism and Socialism doesn't sound nice to GREEDY and money loving apostate pastors like this one who seems to be living in a comfortable home while some if not most of his members are poor.

    Christian (NOT Chinese) Socialism and Communism really is a threat to those who want to live comfortably at the expense of others.

    This pastor is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    If this modern day pharisee want to engage Me, I'm in.

    What would JESUS THE KING who impoverished Himself in order to make us spiritually rich say?

    https://youtu.be/UBBQnZR3EjM

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  29. Rai Miranda

    You're A Moron

    What About

    Acts 4:32-37 (WEB) The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own,

    (PAUSE HERE FOR A MOMENT AND CONTEMPLATE. IF "Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own" HOW CAN YOU CALL THAT PRIVATE PROPERTY?

    THEIR principle is that AS WE CAN SEE UPON CONTINUING THE PASSAGE, "the property of all belongs to everyone in the church." With that said let's continue …

    but they had all things in common.

    With great power, the apostles gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was on them all.
    For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,
    and laid them at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need.
    Joses, who by the apostles was also called Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race,
    having a field, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

    WHICH is an obedience to what the Savior commanded on

    Luke 12:32-34 (WEB) Don’t be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
    Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don’t grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn’t fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.
    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    The FACT that MODERN day Christians DON'T follow the example of ANCIENT Believers is because they're APOSTATES and lovers of pleasures and of money MORE than GOD.

    1 Timothy 6:10 (WEB) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

    LOVE OF MONEY LEADS ONE ASTRAY= APOSTASY.

    Which one you can now see speaking on video.

    WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY ABOUT MODERN DAY CHRISTIANS NOT FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLES OF EARLY BELIEVERS?

    Luke 6:46 (WEB) “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t DO the things which I say?

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  30. LoverofBread 101

    Even assuming his definition of private property just being your possessions which is not what socialist mean by private property, Capitalism is still unbiblical. I mean am I really coveting my neighbors money when I am broke and homeless and he has so much money he can physically count it and 4 houses, 2 of which he has never been to. Is it really coveting my neighbors food when me and my kids are going hungry and 40% of his food is gonna end up in the trash. Jesus didn’t think it was. Why would you?

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  31. Peter Odrich

    This is bullshit, you ignore just about anything that is socialist within Christian beliefs

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  32. Papi Chulo

    Remember kids, many Christian philosophers were socialists and paved the way for other socialist ideas. For my Americans, ever heard of Martin Luther King Jr? He was a socialist.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  33. sriram v

    wow you're logic is bulletproof….by the way you are never going to heaven

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  34. OG Contra Band

    You betray God with your false teachings. You betray the Christian religion and you are fake news. You betray democracy fighting for those who seek to alter elections. Guys people like this only selfishly seek to weaponize the Bible to repress people. Galatians 6:2, Matthew 6:2-4, 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, Luke 3:11, Matthew 19:21, 1 John 3:17, Acts 2:44-45, James 5:1-6, 1 Corinthians 10:24, Proverbs 28:8, Leviticus 25:35-38, Psalm 112:9, Exodus 16:16-18, Proverbs 30:8-9, Proverbs 28:27, Deuteronomy 15:9-11, and the list goes on and on. The bible supports clearly and abundantly socialism. Most recently your kind – weaponizers of Christianity, the true American Communist who seek to minimize the goverment and will of the people – have commited crimes against humanity. Your kind has funded the fake news and protests suggesting covic19 is a hoax. Now thousands have died from those acts and our response was completely ruined by this. None of the "Socialists" are even suggesting total goverment of everything – yet the true communists like this DO want to privitize everything for profit and greed (a sin). When business becomes that state that's the same as communism. All those CEO's are unelected mini-dictators and they have soldiers like this blatantly lying to you to try and gain full control of our country. There's an implicit assumption in his teaching that the goverment is not owned by the people – yeah because people like this seek to eliminate the will of the people.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  35. Jay Shirley

    No

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  36. Luciernaga Photography

    You can own anything under socialism, anything but NOT the labor of other people.
    The problem isn't owning things the problem is the private property over the means of production and over other people's labor.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  37. Manukau Heads

    Right-wing Christians, always willing to bring up the ten commandments.. never willing to bring up the eight beatitudes..

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  38. Carlos Encarnacion

    The aim of socialism is to give access to property to every one, so all can have their needs covered, and not just a few that will have far more than what they need to thrive while denying the excess to others. So that debunks your theory completely. The right to fair wages, to a home, to a job, to education, to health. In Venezuela, Gran Mision Vivienda took the oil money tha multi nationals were hoarding and distributes it into these endeavours, 2.7 millon people now have a home. In the USSR there were projects to house everyone, in Libya there was a similar program. Once the 57 year old embargo is lifted from Cuba, we will see changes. Search Gran Mision Vivienda on youtube.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  39. William Hoang

    No. What the Bible is saying is personal property. Socialists distinguish between personal property and private property. Personal property is what people own. Private property is ownership of the means of production and use of it to exploit others.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  40. Atheist

    The bible contradicts the bible.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  41. Sendobren

    >mfw you make a video on socialism and you don't even understand the difference between private and personal property

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  42. Alex Graham

    Is the bible Democratic?

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  43. Nicholas Flamel

    The bible is such a disconnected collection of legends and myths that it contradicts itself hundreds of times. Look, the bible even contradicts YOU: 
    Acts 4:32
    The congregation of believers was one in heart and soul. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they owned.
    Acts 2:44-45 All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they shared with anyone who was in need.…

    Stop LYING and pretending to know things you do not know.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
  44. BDS

    Christianity is an immoral, vile and disgusting, faith based belief system. It teaches that faith is virtuous and evidence to the contrary is evil.  
    Religion is far more damaging than people realize. We have been conditioned to believing that it's good for society despite strong evidence to the contrary.

    May 17, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply

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