p.1 Karl Marx’s view of God, Religion, the World and You
Karl Marx was born of Jewish heritage, he was a grandson of a rabbi, in fact both of Marx's parents were descended from rabbis. But he later decided to turn against and hate that heritage he was born of.
As a young child his parents converted Protestantism in 1824. They joined Lutheranism, apparently believing in Christ. Some say it was in order to avoid anti-semitic laws and persecution.
Marx was then introduced early to Christianity. In his youth, he appeared to be a devout Christian who had a grasp on his faith all through German high school.
His first written work is called The Union of the Faithful with Christ.
He Writes, ‘Through love of Christ we turn our hearts at the same time toward our brethren
who are inwardly bound to us and for whom He gave Himself in sacrifice. Marx knew a way for men to become loving brethren toward one another- Christianity.”
“Union with Christ could give an inner elevation, comfort in sorrow, calm trust, and
a heart susceptible to human love, to everything noble and great, not for the sake
of ambition and glory, but only for the sake of Christ.”
Why Marx turned is hard to know, maybe it was a rejection of a girl or he was influenced by the Hegelians he met who hated Christianity, it hard to know for sure. At least I could not find the reason.
But by the time he finished his studies of law at the University of Berlin his views had radically changed.
His understanding of the Christian faith and morals are expressed in his book like anyone who understands the words of Scripture. But was he trying to graduate only to pacify his teachers, and parents?
I say this because, “…in a thesis written at the same time he repeated six times the word
"destroy," which not even one of his colleagues used in the exam. "Destroy" then
became his nickname. It was natural for him to want to destroy because he spoke
about mankind as "human trash" and said, "No man visits me and I like this, because
present mankind may [an obscenity]. They are a bunch of rascals." (quote from Richard Wurmbrand)
Another Marx was growing, an antagonistic Marx that now resented and hated the world, and wanted to restart it according to his own plans and ways.
During the course preparing a career, the young Marx wrote the following lines in his
poem "Invocation of One in Despair":
So a god has snatched from me my all, In the curse and rack of destiny. All his worlds are gone beyond recall. Nothing but revenge is left to me. I shall build my throne high overhead,
Cold, tremendous shall its summit be. For its bulwark - superstitious dread.
For its marshal - blackest agony. Who looks on it with a healthy eye,
Shall turn back, deathly pale and dumb, Clutched by blind and chill mortality, May his happiness prepare its tomb.”
What had happened to twist this man from Christianity to such a strong hatred of God and the world?
Georg Hegel was a German occultist who birthed the mind-changing dialectic process. His diabolical philosophy was most likely the engine to Karl Marx's anti religion/Christian vehemence.
Engel, an atheist, attended the University of Berlin at the same time as Marx. Engle became a Hegelian by 1839, and joined the ‘Young Hegelian’ by 1841. Marx met him and the two became friends in 1844. Marx Meeting new friends and being influenced wrong. As the Bible teaches bad company corrupts good morals.
Using what the communists did; Hegel’s “dialectic” convinced people how bad off they were. He/they implement its principles to move the masses into agreeing on his solution, an alternate way to live.
Hegel’s dialectic is from the Greek word for “conversation” or “arguing.” And the theory that was made out of this process he called a synthesis. ... All human progress, said Hegel, from the most primitive condition up to the most refined, proceeded along the lines of this three point dialectic toward an ultimate goal.
Hegel’s dialectical thinking is methodical, and is difficult to explain, it is easier seen in practice and then identified. The Hegelian dialectic had communism at its core, it used to resolve ‘class conflict’, and the communist concept of economics. the socialist synthesis of wealth produced socially, distributed according to need, and held in common. a slogan popularized by Karl Marx
Group think is the important axiom in this process, it is essential for its success.
Hegel’s dialectic is a three-step process of “thesis, antithesis and synthesis,” using this a process that makes use of contradictory statements or ideas to reach a greater truth.(I will give some examples of how it was used in the next portion of this articles series)
No truer words can be applied to this paradigm than- “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:6-9).
It was the art of manipulation and persuasion, by use of invalid arguments, sophistry was employed to their thesis reach a valid conclusion. ( for more in depth history see a new way of thinking )
Apparently Marx thought of himself and his new friends as the smartest people on earth. Marx converted from Christianity, shifted his major to philosophy, and joined the Hegelians, and later became a leader and general secretary.
Do you believe Marx’s statement “In the eyes of dialectical philosophy, nothing is established for all times, nothing is absolute or sacred?”
If everything is subject to change, nothing is established, then there are no absolutes, than what Marx said is no longer true. How can what he said remain true today if you apply his own principles?
Truth becomes putty in the hands of the dialectical thinker (AKA Marxists) and can never be held for long, for by its own philosophy it is found to be untrue. Therefore everything you have learned you believe in is not true. That was his philosophy of the world which could be manipulated by his convincing through his arguments.
The reality is, any appeal the human heart (the seat of our emotions) that is fallen in nature that excludes the mind where critical thinking is formed, and used without questioning by logic, considering the facts and statistics first, brings a conclusion that is compromised and wrong.
Real brainwashing is active when you are convinced it is your decision, your conclusion, when you are being manipulated. You are convinced you own it, you made it happen to be a success, when the fact is you were really being coerced, manipulated all along to do another’s will.
His famous statement known on religion "religion is the opium of the people (masses)" (this attitude was written into the Communist Manifesto years later).
The fact is, with hindsight, Marxism is the opium of the people (this will be explained near the end in detail)
Marx was not making use of the pain killer of his day, (Morphine in 1803 was the first opioid medication extracted from Opium). Opium was used for centuries, as it brings a person into a dream like state.
The example used is that Opiates do not heal a physical injury— but they help one cope with the pain by removing them from reality. To MARX you only forget your pain and suffering BUT ARE NOT solving the underlying causes of the pain. This may be true, but is not applicable to religion; the true religion. Which is a spiritual life through a relationship with God, not just obeying rules and regulations.
It’s hard to say if Marx had grasped this. Regardless, Marx (and Engle) saw religion like a drug that keeps people happy, inducing a stupor to reduce anxiety or pain. The outcome he saw was not wanting to rebel against oppressive regimes (governments or their state in society). The target government of his choice was the one who gave them freedom, those who lived by capitalism and had free choice, that would allow one to be self - governed. According to Marx we should not rebel against a communist government which had soo much fairness and goodwill for the people. After all everyone got the same bag of rice to eat for the week and were to be happy.
He traded a potential spiritual life for a natural view
He blamed religion as the illusory happiness of the people, connecting to economic reality for it blocked them from achieving their real happiness. Stating along with this, “The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness.” He interpreted religion (or misinterpreted) it as telling people okay to suffer because they will find true happiness in the next life. His belief, was not accurate, a true belief, it was just an opinion. You can believe in many things in life and think they are true but are not.
Much like the gurus who asked for people possessions and properties to be relieved of entrapping them by giving it to the gurus, instead he asked for property to be the states
The fact is, it is his view of the world that was an illusion, and it is he who could not deal with certain realities. His own intellectual skill had him conclude there is no true religion, which resulted in producing an anger and hatred of God that blinded him onto another insidious path.
But, there is one religion that is given by God to man. If one takes the time to look at Judeo Christian history, at Jesus honestly, sincerely, they will see a perfect man, what is good. Because he was God who became man. He came to mankind to give himself as the way to God, to show us the nature of God (the Father) through the Son.
From denying God to evolution
In 1831 Darwin left England apparently a Christian who agreed with the great majority of naturalists [who] believed that species were immutable productions, separately created. Biblical literalists and deists alike agreed that species were fixed by divine law. Specie change or transference was not possible. (Charles Darwin. “An Historical Sketch of the Progress of Opinion on the Origin of Species,” in the third and subsequent editions of On the Origin of Species (London: Penguin Books, 1985 ), 53.
After five years of geological research on the British survey ship Beagle and two more years of study at home, Darwin came to his revolutionary conclusion: species were not immutable. All animals were descended from common ancestors, different species resulted from gradual changes over millions of years, and God had nothing to do with it.”
Darwin’s book, “On the Origin of Species” came out in 1859. Which was read by Engle and we can assume Marx. Later Marx praised Darwin's book The Descent of Man published in 1871, which went against the Bibles origin that man was specifically made in Gods image and likeness and was different than the animals made before him.
Marx wrote to Ferdinand Lassalle on January 16, 1861, "Darwin's book is very important and serves me as a basis in the natural sciences for the historical class struggle."
Agreeing with Darwin, that society, like the living beings on Earth, is the result of historical processes of change. It was said Marx expressed how the theory of natural selection could be shown as the basis for the “class struggle.
Marx originally wrote Engle stating that Darwin’s book contains “the basis in natural history for our view.” But then came a disagreement. On June 18, 1862, in his letter to Engels, Marx opposed Darwin’s theory about biological evolution through natural individual selection. Saying, “it applies the social Victorian model to nature,” which was Malthusian-capitalist and against the class struggle Marx defended as having acted and still acting on society.
It is noted that there was an exchange of letters. Darwin seemed to avoid any contact with Marx. He wrote back, I am a strong advocate for free thought on all subjects, yet it appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against Christianity & theism produce hardly any effect on the public & freedom of thought is best promoted by the illumination of minds’ which follow from the advance of science. It has therefore been always my object to avoid writing on religion & I have confined myself to science.” (Reference: The Contacts Between Karl Marx and Charles Darwin Journal of the History of Ideas Vol. 35 No.2 pp. 329-338)
Darwin hoped his science would refute religion without directly addressing it at the time. Like Marxism science has failed to prove his ‘theory.’
Too many are sympathetic towards Marx (even Christians) dance around his statements saying that Marx did not make religion the primary enemy of workers and communists, sadly this is not true.
Marx addressed religion numerous times in books, speeches, and pamphlets.
Marx did not want to submit to anyone, but wanted the people to submit to system which he approved of, that replaced not only religion but God himself in people’s lives.
Satan versus God
Understand, Marx was not an atheist, he was a virulent activist using atheism, and those involved. His main goal was to erase all that God had done in mankind’s history and replace it with his own philosophical, ideological ideas.
These ideas would keep one from having rule in their own heart and mind, to think freely and choose for themselves their own direction in life. At the same time telling them that his ideology would free them and they would be better off. His philosophy became ‘his manmade religious system’ without God, to solve societal problems; basically a trust in men! That his philosophical system would improve people's material/physical wellbeing, without any God. The state would replace and control everything.
God himself says in Ps. 14:1 “The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.” (repeated in Ps.53)
The Hypocritical contradiction comes from Marx’s own feelings expressed in his poetic drama[s]. Instead of denying God he actually expressed the enemy of God as his influence.
An unfinished drama/play which Marx composed when he was less than 20 years old during his student years when he wrote this horrid view of the world.
It is called Oulanem:
Some have said “Oulanem" is an inversion of Gods holy name, an anagram of Emanuel. Missionary Richard Wurmbrand points out that such inversions of holy names are standard practice in Satanic cults. The Characters in his drama are aware of their corruption, we find a man obsessed with revenge, a girl in physical pain, having betrayal and is vindictive. All of it speaks of tragedy that only gets darker.
“And they are also Oulanem, Oulanem. The name rings forth like death, rings forth… Stop, I’ve got it now! It rises from my soul....While for us both the abyss yawns in darkness.
You will sink down and I shall follow laughing, Whispering in your ears, "Descend, come with me, friend."
The Bible, which Marx once knew was rejected for the Devil.
At the end of Oulanem:
“If there is a Something which devours, I'll leap within it, though I bring the world to ruins –The world which bulks between me and the abyss. I will smash to pieces with my enduring curses. I'll throw my arms around its harsh reality, Embracing me, the world will dumbly pass away, And then sink down to utter nothingness, Perished, with no existence - that would be really living.”
Marx was less than 20 years old when he wrote this horrid view of the world. Sounds like a man who did not want to be born and certainly did not enjoy life.
Was Marx a Satanist? Many believe so. He did not belong to, or become a member of any coven or Satanic group (that we know of) however he expresses the same sentiments of Satan’s hatred toward mankind described in the Bible.
We can understand the drama Oulanem furtherby the confession that Marx made in a poem called "The Player":
“The hellish vapours rise and fill the brain, Till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed.
See this sword? The prince of darkness Sold it to me. For me he beats the time and gives the signs. Ever more boldly I play the dance of death.”
That would be a short dance as the Devil always calls on those he has influenced when they least expect it.
In his poem "Feelings," he speaks of destruction:
“Heaven I would comprehend I would draw the world to me; Living, hating, I intend
Here is Satan's reason for hating and rebelling God. In another poem, Marx writes of his triumph after he shall have destroyed God's created world:
“Then I will be able to walk triumphantly, Like a god, through the ruins of their kingdom.
Again reflects Satan’s words and attitude of being like God.
Marx's "The Fiddler," which was dedicated to his father:
“See this sword? The prince of darkness Sold it to me. With Satan I have struck my deal, He chalks the signs, beats time for me I play the death march fast and free.”
Marx could not fully deny what he learned previously in Christianity, he knew better, yet still he opposed it.
In Marx’s poem "The Pale Maiden," he gives us insight into his condition, change of destination
Thus heaven I've forfeited, I know it full well. My soul, once true to God, Is chosen for hell.”
Marx knew what was coming to him by his choice. He was no atheist, He was consumed with a hatred of God whom he now feared in a very unhealthy manner.
Do you ask for directions from someone this lost? What is truth? Truth was now Marx’s words. Therefore according to his own measure he was the opiate of the people, particularly those who follow his way.
No system of Government is perfect, but which has the least problems? Is it a free society or one controlled by the state?
Communist have always imprisoned and tortured people who believe in God, (called reeducation) .Now we know why, it is ingrained in its ideology. In contradistinction to Marx’s philosophy that everything should be destroyed, Jesus not only tells us but did it all by example. Jn.3:16:“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”
Which do you think is better for you and those you love? Marx or Jesus. Who would you want to follow?
p.2 Marx’s bigotry and prejudice