Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Response to ‘Capitalism’s False Ethic of Giving’ (7)
The critic's comments are in square brackets. My reply is interspersed in between.
[Either I own my machinery of I don't. Either I should be able to produce with my machinary or I shouldn't. Either I own what I produce or I don't. There is either private property or there isn't. Either what I just described is moral or it isn't.]
From your perspective, you “own” your property, forgetting that what you think you own comes from God. The term ‘private property’ reflects the humanistic thinking of those who justified private property and their influence on you. So, whether there is private property or not is about morality, but about whether it is Biblical or not. Private property is the doctrine that people are entitled to do as they choose with what they want for themselves, instead of doing so for the glory of God. Doing what you want with your “own” property is to deny the Sovereignty of God over everything you have.
Similarly, the body God has given to you is not your own, but that the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
[ Either Paul owned the materials to make tents or he didn't. Either Paul should be able to produce with his materials or he shouldn't. Either he owns the tents he makes until he recievea the money for the sale or he doesn't. ]
This is nothing to do with the issue.
[There is no middle ground between capitalism and control of private property in the production process which is a claim to ownership.]
Yes, that is right. Private property justifies the evil system of capitalism.
[Throughout the Bible, people own, produce, own what the produce, sell what they produce, and are entitled to a profit - all free from government interference. That's Capitalism.]
No one is “entitled” to anything for even your breath is a gift from God. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that people were “entitled” to be profit. Rather, Jesus said that whoever does not die to self cannot follow me (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34). Whoever is a friend of world an enemy of God (James 4:4). This means that whoever wants to follow Jesus must die to the world. This means to hate the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life, which are from the prince of the world (1 John 2:16). Simply because something occurred in the Bible, for example, incest, does not approve which is what you seem to be saying with respect to government interference.