“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.” – Karl Marx
Frederick Engels, Karl Marx’s sidekick and benefactor, eulogized that Marx’s greatest insight was, “men must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing before they can pursue politics, science, art, religion and the like.”
Jesus asserted the opposite disavowing that faith is predicated on bodily well-being, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:31-33).
Biblically, body and soul are distinct. The vibrant Christianity seen throughout history even as believers endured deprivation or persecution irrefutably contradicts the Marxian materialist stance. Tertullian pronounced, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” The prodigal son didn’t return with his belly full.
Marxists require secular, materialist explanations for everything, but there is no scriptural basis for these severe restrictions on permissible avenues of thought. From this irreconcilable beginning, biblical doctrine and Marxist theory diverge still further.