However, Jesus’ teachings, as written in the New Testament, do resemble communism as described by Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifest. For example:
- Regarding class and equality:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28).
- Regarding capital:
“For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:25)
“If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor” (Matthew, 19:21)
“How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:23)
“How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:24)
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25)
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)
- Regarding private property:
“Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes…” (Luke 10:4)
“For [I mean] not that other men be eased, and ye burdened. But by an equality, [that] now at this time your abundance [may be a supply] for their want, that their abundance also may be [a supply] for your want: that there may be equality. As it is written, he that [had gathered] much had nothing over; and he that [had gathered] little had no lack.” (Corinthians II, 8:13-15).
- Regarding Freedom:
“We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?” (John, 8:33)
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians, 5:1)