Does the Bible really say that taxes are bad and we have no collective responsibility for the poorest amongst us?
The Bible is silent or says affirmatively every man IS responsible for all men to the extent they can.
Some specific quotes:
Matthew 19:21 "Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near’, and your eye look grudgingly[a] on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
“If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a money-lender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.
By this standard is the Governments student loan interest to poor people unchristian?
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
David Wilkerson gives a strong message with "prophetic urgency." He clearly shows that the "prosperity gospel" teaching that gain is godliness is unscriptural and a lie from hell.
Topic: Prosperity Gospel
Scripture(s): 2 Corinthians 11:14, 1 Timothy 6:5
Description: David Wilkerson gives a strong message with "prophetic urgency." He clearly shows that the "prosperity gospel" teaching that gain is godliness is unscriptural and a lie from hell. Surely this is a word from God to a generation of Christians in America that have swallowed this ear tickling teaching up to their demise.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
Help for the Poor
The LORD said:
If any of your people become poor and unable to support themselves, you must help them, just as you are supposed to help foreigners who live among you.
1 John 3:17-18
If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.
The Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street can be a game changer start towards a fairer, more democratic, more humane, more balanced, and more moral American Tax System.
This tiny sales tax on Wall Street is:
.5% on stocks, just $.50 (50 cents) for each $100 of stock trades;
.1% on bonds, just $.10 (ten cents) for each $100 of bond trades;
.005% on derivative speculation in currencies, commodities, or other trades, just $.005 (half a penny) for each $100 of trades
The revenue generated is estimated by economists to be up to 350 billion each year!
The Robin Hood Tax can be a game changer for a fairer, more democratic, more humane, more balanced, and more moral American Tax System.
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