Jesus Preaches Capitalism

Tell me, does this sound like capitalism or socialism?

Parable of the Talents

14 ¶For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful aservant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee cruler over many things: enter thou into the djoy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and afaithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:20-30)


7 Responses to Jesus Preaches Capitalism

  1. Jonathan says:

    A message to both John Bochetti and to John Redelfs.

    First off, John Bochetti, I’m sorry if you’ve had a bad experience with members of the Church. For this I apologize. We are not as Christ-like as we could be at times and we have a long way to go. I don’t care for Romney either, and I know plenty of other members who don’t care for him as well. As for The Book of Mormon, just because it quotes the Bible a lot doesn’t mean it’s false. It coincides with the Bible, so of course it’s going to quote it a lot. Even with the View of the Hebrews, The Book of Mormon stands on it’s own, bearing witness to the truth of the restoration and the divinity of Jesus Christ. While I do believe that it takes faith, there is ample physical evidence for it if you must have it. Statues of people with semitic features have been found in south America as have carvings of elephants along with concrete buildings. In all it comes to faith, but if you want, there is some physical evidence to help your faith.

    Now, Redelfs, are you trying to follow in the image of Christ or are you molding Christ into your image? I feel like you have done violence to this beautiful parable. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll take capitalism over communism any day of the week, but Christ was not a capitalist. I think the scriptures make it perfectly clear that he is a concecrationist. If we were righteous enough, we would be living the law of concecration, which has similarities to both capitalism, socialism and communism, but is God’s law and not a cheap counterfeit. But to say that Jesus was a capitalist is jut as untrue as those that say he was a socialist. Both sides, even you, have missed the mark. It seems like you are making Christ into your conservative image, just like I see liberals who make Jesus into their liberal image. He is beyond all that. He knows all, He comprehends all. The parable of the talents is about building up the kingdom of God and using the talents we already have. Yes, he used money as a symbol, but the money he used for the parable was only a symbol of a greater meaning. It wasn’t a lesson in Reagonomics or anything of that sort.

    • You may be right about my use of the word “capitalist,” but we are probably just talking past each other by using the same word to mean different things. I use the word capitalist to mean anyone who uses capital or tries to obtain capital. And a that includes anyone who owns or uses tools. By this definition, the communists are also capitalists except that their variety doesn’t work very well. Now if by capitalism or capitalist you mean what is going on in the USA today, I would agree with you that the Savior was no capitalist. And I agree with you about consecration, but in a telestial world it is not useful as an economic system. Perhaps during the Millennium? Am I trying to mold myself in the image of Christ or vice versa? Probably a little of both. But I am only human, and my ignorance is great. As I learn line upon line, precept upon precept, I hope I will be able to do a better job of seeing Christ as he actually is and bringing myself to be more like him.

  2. john bocchetti says:

    Leaders and members of the LDS faith are akin to Scientologists in many ways; Dianetics and the wonder tale known as the Book of Mormon. The wholesale borrowing from the KJV in the BofM promptly raises questions. The Mormon Church is more committed to mammon, as evidenced by Romney’s campaign, than members care to note. Rumors of faith within the LDS culture have become their doctrine and reveal the naive nature of most Mormons, it’s simply a layering of fiction that has come this far. Both the monetary movitation and plagerism of Ethan Smith and Solomon Spaulding’s works created a hunger for something big…one of the largest and most widespread hoaxes of the last two centuries.

  3. JR says:

    I forgot one: all Muslims are terrorists!
    Mormon service men and women are among those who die in service to this great country so people like Mr. Bochetti can continue to have his free speech, to spew hate and vitriol against those he disagrees with.

  4. JR says:

    Since Mr. Bochetti made a blanket statement about all Mormons I want to address the rest of the Christian/non-Christian religions and atheists. Fair is fair. I am making a blanket statement like Mr. Bochetti did. All people of ALL religions are “scoundrels, thieves, and liars” and hypocrites. All televangelists commit financial fraud, embezzle, cover it up and lie. All Priests, Ministers, Preachers, Pastors, etc. steal, lie, embezzle, commit insurance fraud, hire hit men, have affairs, assault the women of their congregations, commit pedophilia, engage in adult/child porn, have secret homosexual affairs, use and deal illegal drugs, run prostitution rings, lie about monetary compensation, abuse the church tax status, keep mistresses, have children out of wedlock (sometimes with their sister-in-law), use male prostitutes, and engage in Ponzi schemes which robbed congregants of their life savings. Some ministers kill their wives for their mistress because they can’t get a divorce and have the affair exposed! Gee, they might lose their income and position in their church. I think that is enough, you get the idea. So since these leaders do these sinful acts then it is safe to say their congregants do the same. These people are liars, hypocrites and thieves. No different than the “cultist” Mormons. Who would have thought that Christians are just as sinful and evil as cultists! A couple of other sources were not mentioned for the source for the book of Mormon.

  5. john bocchetti says:

    Read Ethan Smith’s “View of the Hebrews,” and Solomon Spaulding’s role in the invention of the book of mormon. Sorry John after my trip to Utah and working for the Romney’s I find the level of theft inherent in the character of most mormons.

    Romney robbed the pension funds of millions of Americans, mormons are scoundrels, thiefs and it’s a cult.
    “Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

    If the book of mormon is a wonder tale, then the whole LDS religion is an invention…

    • Dearest John, who I baptized into the Church in 1973, I love you with all my heart but feel you are going a little overboard with your remarks here. People are different, both inside and outside the Church. They are not the same. Some are righteous and some are wicked, to use the language of scripture. Of course you can find Mormon scoundrels, thieves and liars if you are looking for them. But you can find the same in any church or secular organization. Men are sinners.

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