Common Ownership

My dear friends when people think of common ownership or ownership in common they generally think about Marx but the idea of common ownership is not Marxian its Christian in fact the first church in Jerusalem held everything in common and the proof of it is to be found in the second and fourth chapter of the book of acts.

Acts 2
43-45 Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met ( Mick Fleming this is powerful stuff I tell you, its challenging perhaps that’s why we don’t read it out in churches)

Acts 4
32-33 The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. (Mick Fleming I honestly think this is where we have all lost our way, so consumed by the need to posses more and more we have lost our souls. What does it say in the book of Job ” those that cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs” God’s grace is the greatest wealth we could ever posses).

34-35 And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need.

( from each according to their Labour to each according to their need) what can be more Christian than that. John McDonnell’s interview with Alistair Campbell was quite revealing when he said that Jesus was the son of God and that Jesus’s life on earth was a model for socialist living and how he believed in the New Testament.

As time catches up with us we are faced with those searching questions. WHO AM i, WHY AM i HERE, IS THIS ALL THAT THERE IS, IS THERE NOTHING MORE. These deep philosophical questions no human can answer, for we cannot even answer them ourselves. These questions are actually us looking for assurance which we look for more and more as we get older and face our inevitable demise but they are questions that only the Almighty can answer.

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