I was reading one of the conservative blogs and noticed a phrase that the blog owner had given by Marx:
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
I thought that this phrase sounded familiar (I haven’t read Marx directly before). Sure enough, I found something very similar to this in the New Testament:
Acts 4:32-35: "4:32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.4:33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.4:34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.4:35 They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need."
So does this make Jesus a Socialist or a Marxist? Well, Marx said pretty-much the same as Jesus and the disciples—each person got what he/she needed. And Socialism is the spreading of wealth (which these Tea-Partiers really hate!) and here you have people who did not own anything—they sold all and gave it away. If this isn’t spreading the wealth, I don’t know what is. So yes, Jesus and the Disciples were both Marxists and Socialists.