JCs square up: Clarkson and Jesus

by Richard on February 24, 2014

It should come as no surprise that I’m not a fan of Jeremy Clarkson. By no means a fan. When I read his latest idiocy, I was appalled but not surprised.

The Bible is basically a blueprint for Marxism. In Luke 16:19-31 we are told that those who work hard and buy nice things for themselves and their families will burn for all of eternity in hell. And those who sit about doing nothing all day will go to heaven.

I certainly don’t want the country to be run by someone who believes in that codswallop. Or who believes that the meek will inherit the earth. Or that it’s wrong to covet your neighbour’s BMW

I hate to admit it but, despite his hostility and setting aside his woeful eisegesis, it seems to me that Clarkson is essentially right: You can’t come away from encountering Jesus and be content with the economic system we’ve built for ourselves. In the end, we’re going to have to choose between them.

But I think that the original JC said that long before Clarkson.

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Avraham Reiss 03.02.14 at 12:54 pm

I’ve always seen the Bible (OT) as promoting Capitalism, but limiting its scope.

Many years ago I heard a lecture from a religious kibbutz ideologist who was promoting Socialism. He said that for unlimited wealth one required 3 ingredients: unlimited quantities of money, land, and manpower.

The Bible, he said, intentionally limited these 3 ingredients. In the Jubilee (50th year) lands returned to their original owners (i.e. always remained in the same tribe), and every seventh, sabbatical year slaves were freed and all monetary debts were cancelled, thus manpower and money were limited.

I interpreted this in the way opposite to the speaker’s intentions, understanding that Capitalism is OK within limitations.

When you compare the old USSR Communist progress with that of the USA’s Capitalist system, you can see who has a better life. Neither system is/was perfect, but Communism today has few buyers.

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Richard 03.05.14 at 8:55 am

It seems to me that Biblical notions such as the sabbatical year and the Jubilee don’t limit the scope of capitalism but completely undermine it!

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