By Gary North
An financial observation at the Bible, a 31-volume exposition in a single e-book:
(Pre-published model, non-proofread with customized cover.)
Genesis (2 vols.)
Exodus (6 vols.)
Leviticus (4 vols.)
Numbers (1 volume)
Deuteronomy (4 vols.)
The Bible mandates unfastened marketplace capitalism. it truly is anti-socialist. - Gary North:
The essence of democratic socialism is that this re-written model of God's commandment: "Thou shalt now not thieve, other than via majority vote."
"Economic democracy" is the method wherein wolves and a sheep vote on what to have for dinner.
Christian socialists and defenders of monetary making plans via nation bureaucrats deeply resent this interpretation in their moral place. They resent it simply because it really is accurate.
When Christianity adheres to the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces loose industry capitalism.
On the opposite hand, while Christianity rejects the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces socialism or a few politically run hybrid "middle method" among capitalism and socialism, the place politicians and bureaucrats make the massive judgements approximately how people's wealth can be allotted. fiscal progress then slows or is reversed. Always.
Free marketplace capitalism produces long term financial progress. Socialism and middle-way fiscal interventionism by way of the kingdom produce poverty and forms. in the event that your aim is to maintain bad humans terrible, iteration after iteration, you want to advertise socialism. yet be sure you name it financial democracy so that it will idiot the voters.
The Bible is an anti-socialist rfile. Socialist propagandists for over 4 centuries have claimed that the Bible teaches socialism, yet we've got but to determine a unmarried Bible remark written by way of a socialist. If the Bible teaches socialism, the place is the expository evidence?
When I say that the Bible mandates an ethical and felony social order that necessarily produces loose industry capitalism, i've got the proof to again up my place. My critics -- critics of capitalism -- do not.
The subsequent time you pay attention a person say that the Bible teaches something yet unfastened marketplace capitalism, ask her or him which Bible observation demonstrates this. you'll get a clean stare by way of loads of verbal tap-dancing approximately "the final ethic of the Bible" or "the upholding of the negative within the Bible." you can be given loads of blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah isn't really a legitimate replacement for biblical exposition.
Fact: There hasn't ever been an expository Bible statement that exhibits that the Bible teaches something except loose industry capitalism.
Beginning in April, 1973, i started writing a verse-by-verse remark at the economics of the Bible. the 1st essay, on Genesis 1:26-28, seemed within the may perhaps, 1973 factor of the Chalcedon Report.
An fiscal remark at the Bible had by no means been tried sooner than. I talk about simply these passages that relate to economics.
No one earlier than me had ever tried to write down a Bible statement on a selected educational self-discipline. i'm hoping mine turns into a version for others.
I have persevered engaged on this venture ever due to the fact that. I constrained my writing to 1 essay per 30 days from 1973 to 1976. starting in the summertime of 1977, i started operating 10 hours every week, 50 weeks in keeping with yr in this project.
I wanted each minute.
I accomplished the posting of the complete sequence, 31 volumes, in August 2012.
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I call it the dominion covenant, for it is the God-given, God-required assignment to mankind to exercise dominion and subdue the earth that deﬁnes mankind’s task as the only creature who images God the Creator. I. The Decline of Christian Casuistry It is a sad social commentary on Christian intellectual life that no Bible commentary like this has ever been attempted (as far as I have been able to determine). In fact, it is sad that key men in every academic discipline have not long been writing commentaries in their ﬁelds.
Mircea Eliade, A History of Religious Ideas (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978), pp. 60, 72–73,91–93; Eliade, Patterns in Comparative Religion (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1958), ch. ), From Primitives to Zen (New York: Harper & Row, 1967), ch. 2. Eliade demonstrated that creation myths other than the Hebrew version were marked by a belief that God either struggled with an existing matter to form the world, or the world stemmed from some aspect of the god’s being, usually from his anatomy.
Gary North, Boundaries and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Leviticus, 2nd ed. (Dallas, Georgia: Point Five Press,  2012). 24. North, Authority and Dominion, ch. 3. 25. Sutton, That You May Prosper, ch. 3. North, Unconditional Surrender, ch. 3. 26. North, Authority and Dominion, ch. 8 27. Gordon J. Wenham, The Book of Leviticus (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1979), p. 30. 28. The Open Bible, Expanded Edition (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 1983), p. 95. xxx SOVEREIGNTY AND D OMINION ated from other nations unto God.
An Economic Commentary on the Bible by Gary North