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Wishing You Capitalism on Earth

jco2012 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 8:46 PM
The victims of corporate capitalism do not stand out like victims of a particular massacre or war, but they are numerous. Broken families, divorces, loss of religious faith, alcoholism and other substance abuse, suicides and murders have all been the direct results of a society obsessed with money and "stuff". For this know-nothing to cite Jesus in support of such a system is perverse.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 2:21 AM
The "victims" of capitalism are hobgoblins of your delusional mind. They not only are not numerous; they are non-existent. Not one of the things you mention result in any way from capitalism. To the contrary, those not deriving solely from the fallibility of Man, if anything, result from the consequences of socialism - unemployment, oppression, etc.

Your disust with consumerism amounts to nothuing more than a hubristic belief that you know better than free individuals what they need or want.
Marie150 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 9:49 PM
You are saying prosperity in itself is evil. The heart of man is exposed by the testing of wealth but wealth does not cause man's heart to change. A man chooses God or rejects God. And Jesus did say it is harder for a rich man to attain heaven than it is for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle. But with God all things are possible. Whoever God calls is saved. Rich or poor.
jco2012 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 10:41 PM
Those truly called by God will give up their wealth to help others. That is crystal clear in the Gospels, in Paul's writings, and in the writings of the Fathers.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 2:24 AM
Your reading of the Gospels is utter nonsense. That Scripture gives the (ENTIRELY INDIVIDUAL) duty to help ones fellow man is true, but the Parabnle of the Talents, Jesus' stays with the wealthy, etc. show no such disdain and, in fact, since capitalism is the best system ever devised by the mind of Man ti raise the living standards of everyone, particularly the poor and working classes, it is entirely consistent with Christianity.

We wish each other "peace on earth." Wishing is not enough. We must act on this wish by promoting capitalism on earth.

Too many people (including some religious leaders) are promoting the idea that re-distribution of wealth or “social justice” is the best way to foster peace. But Christians and Jews need only read the Old Testament to see that God condemns stealing and envy so much that he gave Moses commandments like: “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, and “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.”

And in the New Testament, Christ