Alright, there have been some who call themselves the Christian Left or whatever who seem to think that Jesus would have approved of their redistribution of wealth policies. However, that cannot be so because the very teachings of Jesus and his apostles beg to differ.

 

Romans 2:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Ephesians 4: 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

These scriptures are all stating that it is not okay to steal. It’s wrong, and thus a sin. But, how can one steal if there is no private property?

 

In Socialism (collective ownership of goods), there is no private property, which contradicts the sin of theft. How can you steal that which does not belong to any one person?

 

In redistribution of wealth, the money is forcibly taken by threat of jail by the government from one to give to another. Some say this is charity, but forcibly taken is theft. Theft is sin. It cannot be charity.

 

Jesus would not condone sinful behavior. Period. Therefore, Jesus never condoned redistribution of wealth (though he said we must individually give of our own will), nor did he condone theft of any kind.

 

In order to steal, one must first own the property. So, turns out, Jesus is a proponent of private property and individual ownership. When we do not give of our bounty willingly, as individuals, we will face HIM. No government action can make someone charitable because it starts within our own hearts, not within the IRS.