JESUS THE FIRST SOCIALIST Jesus healed the sick. (pre-existing conditions) Jesus gave his life and right wingnuts and village idiots complain about having to give a few dollars they have because of blessings from GOD. Jesus fed the poor. (welfare) Jesus told his followers to give away all their possessions and follow him. Jesus paid taxes. Jesus fed the poor with fish and wine. (food banks) GOD created the law of debt forgiveness every 7 years. Gleaning was taking from the haves and giving to the have nots. Jesus said take care of widows and orphans. (welfare) Jesus provided for the "potter's" field to bury the poor. GOD create "tithing" Abraham and Jacob gave a tenth of their belongings. Muslims have a box in their home that they contribute to weekly and give to the government to give to the poor and all the poor has to do is come and ask for help. 1 Cor 16;2,3. Jesus set an example for us to follow, but we follow in words only and not in deeds. Future kingdom (government) ruled by Jesus will be free from war, ample food, comfortable housing for everyone, no sickness or death, justice and security that would put present government to shame as socialism. This government take your money and give billions to other countries and you do not complain but when it come to your own, you complain with rage. Government commands you to pay taxes. Jesus was the ultimate of socialism. A commandment is force 　 Moving on to the next area that might prove my point and which certainly has a few feathers ruffling today; that of health care or in this case Jesus Healing those in need. He certainly didnt seem to pay much attention to the conventions of the time, like oh say working on the Sabbath, which got him into a few bits of trouble with the powers that be. Nonetheless, heal he did without concern or consideration for pre-existing conditions or whose toes he was stepping on Jesus made his way through the land casting out demons, healing leprosy, epilepsy, and other dastardly illnesses that afflicted the people, he cared not a whit for whether a person was rich or poor, of the ruling class, or the most destitute beggar before the temple he healed them. The Pharisees, although the ruling class within the temple at the time and thus in control of wealth, law, and healing could not prevent him from teaching or healing, even on the Sabbath. There are many examples of this sprinkled throughout the New Testament, here are just a few: Matthew 4:23, 9:35, 17:14 Mark 7:31, 8:22 John 9:51 Now to one of the best proofs and that is found in Matthew 25:31-46: The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. For those that dont know this one the key statement is as follows: 　 41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' 44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? 45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. 46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. 　 So I say again, Jesus was the first Socialist. Perhaps all those who shout from their pulpits and their soapboxes about their moral right to gain riches on the backs and at the cost of others should check their premise. While they are pointing fingers and calling names, perhaps they should read the book they are standing upon, yes that would be the Bible they so readily reference usually incorrectly. During their ranting and ravings, their demand that the government keep their hands off their Medicare; perhaps it would serve them well to review the statements and teachings of the man who is the basis of their entire belief system, maybe this would help them.> Obama is not a Socialist. Jesus however was the first Socialist.