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Jesus Supports 50 – 100% Tax Rate? Really?

According to TIME author Erika Christakis, Jesus would advocate a 50 – 100% tax rate, and because Jesus’ teachings on wealth are “…nowhere to be found in Ryan’s budget proposal,” Christians should not vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket.

In her own words:

Americans often tell pollsters they yearn for a return to the Christian principles on which the U.S. was founded. If so, they should take a closer look at the Mitt Romney–Paul Ryan ticket. Jesus’ teachings regarding wealth are nowhere to be found in Ryan’s budget proposal.

As near as we can tell, Jesus would advocate a tax rate somewhere between 50% (in the vein of “If you have two coats, give one to the man who has none”) and 100% (if you want to get into heaven, be poor).  Mostly, he suggested giving all your money up for the benefit of others. And Jesus made no distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor; his love and generosity applied to all.

Now Jesus did not say because you have two coats give one to the poor man.  He told us that you should love your neighbor as yourself. For example, if you are walking down the street and you see someone less fortunate than you shivering in the cold, because they don’t have a coat, blanket, or warm clothing; you should feel enough love for that person that you should give them your coat, blanket, etc.  Far from this socialistic idea of I have more than you so to make things fair I need to give you one of mine.

As for the “…if you want to get into heaven, be poor…” I have not found anything in the bible that says this.  There was a rich man that came to Jesus and asked how to receive eternal life.  He was told to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor and to follow Jesus.  He was told this because Jesus knew he loved his wealth more than anything else and he had to get rid of that idol to be able to love his neighbors or even Jesus.  Wealth is not evil. It is often said that “In the bible it says’Money is the root of all evil,” however the correct phrasing is “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

Read also at TheBlaze

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