Hi Selma! I've been hiding in the salt mines, working my tail off so I can pay higher taxes. It's fun!
Hi Jim! I have no desire to get in a war with you. If you like FX, go ahead and enjoy it. I really doubt that you have given TF a fair hearing, but that is no concern of mine. I expect that FX will have at least as many problems as IE as soon as hackers begin targeting it en masse
. Then I promise I won't say I told you so. But if I'm wrong, you know that I'll admit it.
As for your views on socialism, I think that you are sincerely wrong (i.e. sincere and well-intentioned, but wrong). You often try to find support for socialism in scripture, but I don't see it there. In fact, I see just the opposite.
Let's start with the eighth and tenth commandments, "You shall not steal," and, "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's," ( Exodus 20
) Both imply private property, and one indicates that it is wrong to take other's property while the other indicates that is wrong even to want it. You may note that there is no qualification to the eighth commandment. Perhaps, "unless you are going to give the goods you stole to the poor," has been lost from the text.
Fast-fowarding ahead to the New Testament, can you find me one instance where Jesus gave money to anyone? He saw the widow give all that she had (two mites) but He didn't do anything for her ( Mark 12
) When Judas suggested that the ointment should have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor, Jesus rebuffed him and said that there will always be the poor. ( John 12
) And Judas turned out to be quite a hypocrite. Can you find me one instance where Jesus so much as suggests that the government should provide for the poor, or that the government should provide anything for anyone? On the contrary, He presented God as the one provider of all things ( Matthew 6
esp. v.11, 31, 33 ). Jesus was always inclined to teach a man to fish rather than to give him a fish. At times He did give men fish and loaves, which is very appropriate since He is God. Furthermore, we are to follow in his footsteps, being imitators of God as dear children. So charity is very much encouraged by the Bible. But socialism is not charity. Socialism is replacing God with government as the provider. Socialism is idolatry and stealing all rolled into one, and its adoption is motivated by covetousness.
Jesus, being the Creator of man, understood that for man being is so much more important than having. Our society so often focuses on having, but being is a so much greater gift than possessing. You don't need a car and a phone and an mp3 player and a penthouse and fresh caviar to enjoy life. That isn't even the good part of life. That's just icing. We give our selves so much misery by concentrating on wanting instead of being.
The Bible teaches that the necessities and luxuries of life are the reward of hard work.
"In all labor there is profit,
But idle chatter leads only to poverty."
"If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat."
Second Thessalonians 3:10b
Christian charity is to be meted out to those who are worthy and truly in need, not to just anyone who wants it ( First Timothy 5
No, Jim, I can't see any biblical basis for socialism. I welcome any effort on your part to demonstrate such.
And in view of Proverbs 14:23 I need to get back to work. Millions on wellfare, social security, medicare, and numerous other institutions of socialism depend on me. They would be better off depending on God.