Monday, October 21, 2013

"unto Caeser what is Caeser's, and to God what is God's" =pay your taxes?

If you always thought Jesus' line

"Render unto Caeser what is Caeser's,
           and to God what is God's"
obviously meant
                    "pay your taxes"..

1)read the text in context:
2)read some N.T. Wright et al (PDF here)
3)watch the first seven minutes of  this  Van DerLaan video ( "When the Rabbi says, "Go")
there is a very harmful and inaccurate interpretation of Render to Caesar the things that are Caesars. They explained that this means we are to pay our taxes IT DOES NOT! There are plenty of passages that have to do with paying taxes, this is just not one of them..
...Jesus asks that they show Him the coin with which these taxes are paid. Now here is where you need to have been paying attention throughout the whole Bible, not just skipping around and reading only what you want or like. The word for “likeness” in Hebrew is “IMAGE”. So what He actually asked them Who’s IMAGE is this?

The minute these words fell from His lips the spiritual leaders knew that they were the fools.

The second commandment is
4 “You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;  5 you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,  6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. Ex. 20:4-6

Caesar was a Roman god. 

They were so greedy that they had allowed this Roman coin with a Roman god on it, into their hearts. He was not telling them to pay taxes. He was telling them to put their God before their greed.  

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