The discourse on Karl Marx and Christianity suggests they are polar opposites, but that may not be the case, as this writer pointed out.
Many would be surprised to see the words "communism" and "Christianity" in the same sentence. A viral Twitter thread made an odd comparison between the works of philosopher Karl Marx and the contents of the Bible. Karl Marx was a proponent of communism and pointed out that capitalism favored the rich and robbed the poor. America was built on the foundation of capitalism and is extremely proud of it. While the American constitution separates church from state, there's no denying the influence of Christianity in politics. The national discourse suggests that Karl Marx and the Bible are polar opposites. Marx slammed the rich and the aristocracy for stealing wealth from workers. Marx also predicted that accumulation of wealth by the rich over time would inevitably lead to a revolution from the masses, according to God.Dailydot. Another person who vouched for the poor was Jesus.
Here's a fun game. It's called Karl Marx or the Bible. It's simple. There's a few quotes and you have to figure out if they come from Marx or the Bible. 🧵— Read Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell (@JoshuaPotash) May 2, 2022
Abolitionist writer Joshua Potash decided to burst that bubble and show that Karl Marx and the Bible may have had a lot more common than most people think. Potash started a game where he shares a quote and people have to guess if it was made by Karl Marx or if it was from the Bible. “Here’s a fun game,” wrote Potash. “It’s called Karl Marx or the Bible. It’s simple. There are a few quotes and you have to figure out if they come from Marx or the Bible.” It isn't the walk in the park, most think it would be.
Why don't you give it a shot and let us know what score you get?
All Marx. Maybe 1 Bible.— Espo (@DaveEsporado) May 2, 2022
All Marx I think— Apocalypse Crafter (@KnittingZombie) May 2, 2022
Potash gives away the answers but there is a little twist to it as he reveals that all the quotes are from the Bible.
Is this a trick? Are they all from Karl Marx's bible?— Hysterical Raisins (@HRaisins) May 2, 2022
spoiler alert lol— Michael // (@mcmorrise) May 2, 2022
1. Proverbs 22:22
2. Proverbs 22:16
3. Proverbs 29:7
4. James 2:6
5. Proverbs 22:7
6. Luke 12:33 / Matthew 19:21
7. 1 Timothy 6:9
8. 1 Timothy 6:10
9. Hebrews 13:5
10. Luke 6:24 https://t.co/VBhpe2Bd09
“How neat would it be if the text was taught this way instead of folks twisting it to serve the individual pursuit of wealth,” wrote Potash. “The poor Jew preaching against empire and the rich in particular would not recognize how people have twisted his words and the words of his people.” He was also skeptical about changing the perception of Christianity in America. "I'm not sure I have a ton of faith in transforming Christianity in the U.S., but I know a lot of good people are working on it here, and around the globe. Liberation theologians are doing great work. And, at the same time, we need to be working on alternate theologies," he wrote, before urging people to read other important philosophers as well. "Also read Marx lol. Liberation theologians like Gustavo Gutiérrez and Ernesto Cardinal and Emilie Townes sure have."