Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
Odd that he says nothing about giving everything away.
Cherry-picking of the Bible would you conclude otherwise. Jesus didn't speak against Private Wealth, but against greed and hoarding your wealth without ever giving back. "Give to Caesar what is Caesars." He believed that what is your's is your's (including your profits.)
Jesus was for donating money, not about not having any at all. Every issue he was against was a money-related issue, not a Capitalism-only-issue.
Considering the comments suggesting that Jesus supported the poor, and despised the rich, there seems to be a neglect of the term "greed", and the characteristics that exist in combination with it. The basis of capitalism is based in free-market activity. You find something people need, make it, and sell it to the people. It becomes a problem when A) you overcharge, B) you pay politicians to make policies that help you, and C) when you only donate in order to get tax deductions.
If a person has a lot of money, and willingly donates it for nothing other than the good of society, Jesus would smile upon them, even bless them. What people seem to be interpreting from these Jesus quotes is that modern day wealth is the same as wealth in the days of Jesus. Rich people then were almost universally greedy and underhanded. With Capitalism, wealth is gained from success, and not so much from being underhanded, though underhandedness can result in more wealth; So capitalism isn't inherently sinful or wrong. I will debate anyone on the topic. It is Greed that Jesus disapproves of, not Capitalism.
The USA has come to the aid of other countries so many times over its history that it has proven itself that using power and wealth to help the less fortunate or save the world from pure evil is much better than spreading the wealth and destroying wealth among its population. Thereby preventing the ability to protect itself or others.
By going the socialistic or Karl Marx type of economy you destroy personal wealth for the larger part of the population and for the very few that stay wealthy they will rule over the population and dispel any belief in GOD.
Even China and Russia has seen that the Karl Marx theory of economies is a failed way to propel the population and within the last 30 years they too have gone to some of the capitalistic way of economies.
People quote Matt 19:21, yet in China and Russia you do not have the option to follow the teaching of Jesus. Within the USA and a few other countries you can and many people have have turned over everything to religions they support. Few countries offer complete religious freedom to its population like the USA.
The USA is the holy land of freedom, opportunity, people helping the less fortunate, and protector against evil.
If you our country ever stops protecting the ability to honor God, it will be just another country in the long history of the world that will fall to evil.
God bless the USA and capitalism.
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle then for a rich man to enter heaven. Jesus disapproved of the temple being turned into a market place. He also was the first to say From each according to his ability, and from each according to his need in separate instances in the bible. Not to mention that modern church leaders like JP2, Benedict XVI, and Francis all called capitalism evil and against god.
Think about it. Jesus helped feed the poor and heal the sick, and taught his disciples to do the same. Last time I checked, Jesus never charged anybody for anything. Plus, the obviously anti-Capitalist quote: "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
*"The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame." But Abraham said, "Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish." (bold added, Luke 16:22-25)
(Note that in the above story, the rich man doesn't do anything except spend his legally-earned money.)
Jesus in Luke curses literally rich people in clear language over and over again. He even says that they cannot enter the kingdom of heaven:
"For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:25, bold added)
"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys." (Luke 22:33, bold added)
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation." (Luke 6:24, bold added)
"Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me." " (Matt 19:21)
"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money." (Matt 6:24)
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matt 6:19-21)
For those who want to take the Bible literally, please notice that there is no mention of "spiritual wealth" in these verses. These are very explicit in attacking actual wealth. Do not think that the secret is humility while keeping wealth--Jesus says, not be prepared to give your wealth away, but actually do it. Additionally, he blesses the poor as he curses the rich.
Many, many bible verses are attributed to Jesus that directly oppose the idea of Capitalism. Most of the verses I wanted to cite are already done so by kbub. However, there are a couple others that I would like to mention:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:19-21
These verses indicate that he believed it was wrong to seek to amass personal wealth, which is the heart of Capitalism. Instead, he suggests, we should amass "treasures in heaven", which are amassed by giving away your earthly wealth.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." - Matthew 6:24
To "serve" money is to dedicate your life to it's accumulation. Once again, this is arguably the essence of Capitalism.
So then, anyone who says that Jesus would not be opposed to these ideals of Capitalism is simply wrong.
Gave the same amount of money to the slaves that worked since the morning as the slaves that have only been there an hour, Because that's exactly what they agreed on.
MATTHEW CHAPTER 20!
That's fair, People who don't think that's fair are too drunk on capitalism.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, And yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
MATTHEW CHAPTER 6, VERSE 26.
I certainly believe that Jesus supports the idea of free thought, free enterprise, and the free will of man. Jesus does not force anyone to believe in Him or anything else and He does not force anyone into Heaven. I also do not believe that Jesus was a proponent of a more forceful and powerful government. However, you are dead wrong if you believe that Jesus would approve of the corporate greed and accumulation of wealth that is so strongly supported by the prosperity gospel and American Capitalism that we see today. Also, I think that many evangelicals (I being one of them) completely ignore the earliest and best examples of what Christ wanted the community in large to look like. That example is clearly seen in the Book of Acts: "And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need." and again later in Acts: "Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. . . . There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need." This my friends is what early Christian community looked like and it is definitely not Capitalism.
A bunch of Republican Americans come and lie, but Jesus did condemn greed. Capitalism isn't about greed you say? It's based on people not wanting to help the poor and being all MINE MINE MINE about the things they get. I think I've made my decision on what to believe on capitalism. And socialism being theft? Jesus said render to Ceasar what is Ceasars. If a government wants money, pay up. It's rightfully theirs. Don't be a pharisee and hate tax collectors. Socialism and communism aren't the same either, Americans. If you think that, get educated. Jesus was socialist.
The desire to use power of money to control the world is antithetic to the teaching of all religions, including Christianity. Religion is charity based and hence contradict with modern capitalist system (usury, slavery and consumerism) which is based on desire of worldly pleasure and profit-oriented.
Jesus disapprove usury as He said 'Lend and expect no return'. He disapprove hoarding in the parable of the rich man (So, what does this say of pension fund and investment scheme in developed world?). He said it is easier for camel to enter needle than the rich man enter heaven.
I refer you to the above, but as for the people who say only if you cherry pick, read the sermon on the mount, or its counterpart in Luke, the fundamental piece of christian doctrine, instead of pretending you know your faith because you've read as far as Leviticus or listen to what a preacher in a 3000 dollar suit says.