Theory On Apostles, Redistribution Fails

Posted: October 28, 2013

Carl Smeltzer reminds us that sharing wealth is biblical by citing Acts 2:44-45 (“Copy Apostles, Share The Wealth,” Oct. 18). As is often the case with biblical citations, a few verses are used to illustrate an entire concept.

Yes, the early Christians shared everything. They were the poorest people living in their country. They shared to help their fellow man, not make things more equal. The Romans had the power and the money. Any taxes the early Christians paid went to the Roman government. The Jewish people had little power or money, and thought early Christians were committing blasphemy. Socio-economic lines were never crossed.

The analogy fails because today’s shared prosperity involves those with more money paying for those with less, which did not happen in the early church.


Wendy Pierce Haines
Harrisonburg


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