This is a good one. Leftists using the Bible to try to make a case for the doctrine of Karl Marx, the father of communism. From Marx’s 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program came the quote:
“In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!”
Lefties use Acts 20:35 from the Bible to try and prove that redistribution is a Biblical teaching. The scripture reads: “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
What is the difference between the two passages? One implies forced giving and the other does not. Rather, the Bible passage doesn’t say that one must give anything. In context, supporting the weak, whether it be those with physical, mental, emotional, or even financial weakness, one who unselfishly gives of his or her time, energy, or money receives the blessing of getting a sense of happiness and satisfaction from seeing the results of such giving.
A stark contrast from the words of Karl Marx, who believed as a great number of leftists today believe, that the fruits of one’s labor (money, material possessions, etc.) should be distributed to those who need some of those fruits. Never mind that those who receive such things have worked hard for anything, have bettered, or plan on bettering their lives by making something of themselves, so that they may enjoy the fruits of their own labors. That is neither fair, nor a source of blessings to the “giver”. Forcing somebody to give to those in need does not result in happiness and satisfaction.