Sunday, October 15, 2006

All Things Common

Reading in The Bible tonight, I came across the following passage:

Acts 2: 44-45
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

I find it noteworthy that the believers did not distribute possessions and goods according to social standing, ethnicity, education, profession, etc., but rather they distributed them based on need.


Barry said...

so is God a socialist?

Ryan said...

I don't intend for this to be a political forum, so I won't share my theories on whether one political party or form of government is God's "chosen" form. I'm certain that no government or party runs things quite like God would.

That said, reading through the scriptures posted 9/19/06, I'm convinced that: (1)spiritual wealth is more lasting than material wealth, (2)we are to share with our brothers and sisters -- and since God is the Heavenly Father of everyone on earth, that means everyone is our sibling, (3)God expects us to make sacrifices.

My belief is that the world has sufficient material resources and wealth today to ensure no man would have to live in extreme poverty. If God ruled the earth, I don't believe he would allow 1+ billion people to live on <$1/day when others have so much.