–Which Will YOU Choose?!
1. Most people today have heard or read something about the horrific bloodbaths, “purges” and “liquidation of counter-revolutionaries” that took place in Russia and China when Communism first rose to power in those lands. If not, they probably have some knowledge of the more recent “Cultural Revolution” that devastated China in the `60s, or Pol Pot’s maniacal massacre of one-third of the population of Kampuchea in the `70s.
2. But despite the incredibly ruthless and monstrous MURDER of literally TENS OF MILLIONS of fellow human beings by Communist regimes, Communist IDEOLOGY continues to spread and lure new followers into the Red fold. The basis of all Communist theory and doctrine is found in the writings of its founding father, KARL MARX.
3. When encountering or considering Communist ideology, a fundamental question that arises for a Christian is: How do the teachings of MARX compare with those of JESUS?–Are they compatible? A brief look at some of the basic beliefs of these two creeds, Christianity & Marxism, makes the answer evident:
4. Jesus said, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE!–No man can come to the Father but by ME!”–John 14:6. He also said, “GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you FREE!”–John 17:17; 8:31,32.
5. In his “Communist Manifesto”, Marx boasted, “Communism ABOLISHES eternal truths! It ABOLISHES all RELIGION and all MORALITY!”
6. Here we have two very conflicting statements, and only ONE can be RIGHT. Has JESUS, Who claimed to be “the Truth”, been ABOLISHED by Communism? Or is the Word of God dead since the rise of Marxism?–NO, of course not! Even behind the so-called “Iron Curtain” and “Bamboo Curtain”, literally MILLIONS of genuine Christians continue to THRIVE despite all that the Red regimes under which they live have done to try to suppress and eliminate them! JESUS and His TRUTH live on TODAY!–While MARX is long DEAD and GONE to meet his fate in the fires of HELL!
7. The Bible says that JESUS is “the CORNERSTONE, the FOUNDATION Stone of His true Church, and whoever trusts in Him will never be put to shame!”–1Peter 2:6-8; 1Corinthi ans 3:11.
8. Marx wrote, “I HATE all GODS! The very IDEA of God is the KEYSTONE of a PERVERTED civilisation.–It MUST be DESTROYED!” –
9. The “Keystone” which Marx despised and longed to destroy is Jesus Himself.–And HE can NEVER be destroyed! In fact, according to the Bible, He will soon return to take over this World. His Second Coming was symbolically foreseen by one of the prophets as a great STONE falling from Heaven, that will SMITE the final One-World Red Regime that is now rising to power, “breaking it in pieces and destroying Man’s kingdoms as the God of Heaven sets up HIS Kingdom which shall NEVER be destroyed!”–Daniel 2:44,45.
10. Jesus promised genuine lasting HAPPINESS to all who would follow Him and His teachings, saying, “I have given you My WORDS so that My JOY might remain in you and that YOUR JOY might be FULL! For if ye know My teachings, you will be HAPPY if you DO them!”–John 15:11; 13:17.
11. Marx said just the opposite: “To achieve the REAL happiness of the people, it is necessary to ABOLISH the false RELIGIOUS one! The first step in this direction must be an ATTACK on RELIGION!”
12. This anti-God basis of Marxism explains why every Marxist regime that has ever come to power ultimately turns against the worshippers of God, resulting in the cruel and ruthless repression, imprisonment, torture and slaughter of literally TENS OF MILLIONS of innocent believers in God throughout the Communist World!–People whose only crime was their refusal to renounce their faith in order to embrace so-called “Marxism”! c
13. Without the LORD and His LOVE, there can be no “REAL happiness of the people” that Marx vainly theorised about.–Besides, if COMMUNISM offers such “real happiness”, why then did the East Germans and the Russians find it necessary to build the infamous “BERLIN WALL” to imprison their people and keep them from fleeing to the so-called “decadent West”? And why have literally TENS OF THOUSANDS of pitiful “BOAT PEOPLE” desperately risked life and limb in order to FLEE their so-called “liberated” countries in Southeast Asia?
14. God’s Word says that, “The FOOL has said in his HEART, `There is NO GOD’!”–Psalm 14:1. Although Communism claims to hold no belief in God, and a lot of so-called atheists say with their MOUTH that “there is no God”, only an absolute IDIOT, an IMBECILE, a real FOOL, believes in his HEART that there is no Creator behind the great Universe in which we live!
15. Marx, who was no fool, knew that God was real, but he HATED Him, REBELLED against Him, and was determined to destroy His influence and power over people! Here are Marx’s own words: “I wish to AVENGE myself against the One Who rules above!”
16. In an unusually candid verse of rhyme, Marx wrote:
“Heaven I FORFEITED,
I know it full well.
My soul, once true to God,
I’ve chosen to HELL!”
17. Jesus said that God’s GREATEST commandment to Man is to, “LOVE GOD with all your heart, and to LOVE your NEIGHBOUR as yourself.”–Matthew 22:37-39. Marx and his followers proclaimed and practiced just the OPPOSITE!
18. A close friend and comrade of Marx, Matzini, wrote, “Karl Marx had a DESTRUCTIVE SPIRIT. His heart burst with HATRED rather than with love towards his fellow man!”
19. Marx’s dedicated disciple, Vladimir Lenin, the man who led Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and established the World’s first Marxist regime, held the same kind of hatred for God and faith as did his mentor, Marx. Lenin said, “RELIGION is the OPIUM of the people!–A kind of spiritual GIN, in which the slaves of Capitalism drown their claim to any decent human life.–ATHEISM is a NATURAL and INSEPARABLE part of MARXISM!”
20. Jesus lived and taught LOVE: “THIS is My commandment, that you LOVE one another! By THIS shall all men know that you are MY followers, if you have LOVE one for another!”-John 15:12; 13:35.
21. Lenin wrote, “WE must HATE! HATRED is the BASIS of COMMUNISM! Children must be taught to HATE their parents if they are CHRISTIANS!”
22. The Bible tells us that, “GOD is LOVE”, and that “to know Jesus Christ, Whom God has sent, is ETERNAL LIFE.”–1John 4:8; John 17:3. To the believer, the greatest, most wonderful experience we can have is to find and know the Lord and His Love, and to share His wonderful Love and Gift of Salvation with others.
23. But Lenin tells us, “EVERY religious idea, every FLIRTATION even with the IDEA of God, is UNSPEAKABLE VILENESS! Any person who even TOLERATES the IDEA of God DEGRADES himself in the WORST possible fashion!”–Which again explains why every “dictatorship of the proletariat” throughout the World SUPPRESSES and PERSECUTES true Christians!-The perverted, hateful and anti-God founding fathers of Communism taught their followers to view even the IDEA of God’s Love and the hope of Eternal Life as “UNUTTERABLE VILENESS”!
24. Although many Communists today may SAY that they are liberal-minded, and now take a more charitable, “enlightened” and tolerant view of Christianity, their actions have repeatedly proved them to be as anti-Christ as ever! Harlan Popov, a renowned pastor who spent 13 years in concentration camps in Bulgaria rather than renounce Christ to the godless authorities, warned in his book, “Tortured for His Faith”:
25. “The Communists when OUT of power purposely seem CONGENIAL, COOPERATIVE and MILD. But let them come to power and their TRUE nature will be revealed! The prisons of Eastern Europe were FULL of men who thought the Communists were just ‘another political party’ and tolerated them, and were subsequently imprisoned and executed. Let the World BEWARE!”
26. The former leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, said, “If anyone believes our SMILES involve ABANDONMENT of the teachings of Marx, Engels and Lenin, he DECEIVES himself.–Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle!”
27. No less than POPE PIUS XI warned, “The Communists frequently encourage the FALSE belief that Communism, in countries where faith and culture are more strongly entrenched, will assume a much MILDER form when it comes to power, that it will not interfere with the practice of religion, that it will respect liberty of conscience.
28. “See to it, Brethren, that the faithful do NOT allow themselves to be DECEIVED! Communism is intrinsically WRONG, and NO ONE who would save CHRISTIAN civilisation may collaborate with it in ANY undertaking WHATSOEVER! Those who permit themselves to be deceived into lending their aid toward the triumph of Communism will be the FIRST to fall VICTIMS of their error!”
29. The glaring contradictions between true CHRISTIANITY and the atheism of anti-God COMMUNISM are so apparent, that any thinking person must wonder how a sincere Christian could possibly TOLERATE–much less openly SUPPORT–such an anti-Christ and godless System! The Bible tells us, “Have NO FELLOWSHIP with the UNFRUITFUL works of DARKNESS, but rather EXPOSE them!”–Ephesians 5:11.
30. “CHOOSE this day whom YOU will serve!–If the LORD be GOD, then serve HIM!–If BAAL (Satan and anti-God Communism) be your god, then serve HIM!–As for ME and MY house, WE shall serve the LORD!”–Joshua 24:15; 1Kings 18:21.
How about YOU?!