I have noticed that your website has more than a few references to capitalism being somehow moral and even the economic system God would prefer.
Indeed, many Christians view capitalism as the biblically approved choice of economic systems. This being the case, how do Christians rectify the passages in the Bible that clearly state that the world was made by God and, thus, creation belongs to God, not man?
It does seem that in biblical times God allowed private ownership of land, but this "ownership" was to be limited to a certain period of time, and then the land returned to the original occupants.
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Are you not aware of this? Are you not aware that the Bible contains references to activities of man that he merely tolerates, but does not desire? Slavery, having multiple wives and the buying and selling of land as a commodity are three of those activities.
The Bible clearly names God as the owner of all creation. Man has no moral obligation to commercialize or turn any part of that creation into a commodity. Doesn't the Bible state that humans are mere guests on the land? Isn't it true that we humans are part of creation? Since we are the created, not the Creator, how is it moral for us to "own" what God created? Who among us has created any portion of the land? If it is moral to own land, then is it not also moral and just to claim ownership of the sun, the sea and even the atmosphere?
Many Christians claim that the work done upon the land gives them a right to claim that land. This being the case, I suppose NASA and the American taxpayers can claim ownership of the moon. I suppose that if some day private interests discover a way to affordably alter weather patterns, those private interests can then rightfully claim ownership of the weather or the atmosphere. Could a surgeon who performs surgery on someone without receiving payment own the patient?
Christians should humbly remember the source of their ability to work, not proudly demand ownership over creation, even to the detriment of creation and those who do not own land. Let me ask you this, how much did Adam pay for Eden? For whom did they work prior to moving into Eden? They performed work in Eden but were removed from there due to sin. They obviously could not claim ownership over the garden.
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Christians need to stop championing so-called private property ownership without advocating the right of all creation to the Earth. The land God created should be treated as our home, temporary though it may be. For now, it is our home, not a commodity to be bought sold and degraded. Every creature of creation, not just the wealthy few who may be able to purchase real estate, belongs upon the Earth and is entitled not to own it but live upon it without a monetary charge. Every human, regardless of financial standing, is entitled to living space and access to the land needed to sustain them. It is not God's will that a few own the land and profit off of the universal need of food, water and shelter. Anyone who argues otherwise does so out of greed, selfishness and a lack of love for God and creation. Man was created for the pleasure of God, not for the profit of other men.
Many argue that when land is treated as a commons it is degraded by common use. Yes, when land is treated as a commodity for monetary profit, then that land is at risk of degradation. This is true whether land is privately held or held as a commons. Land degradation is easily avoided by not treating the land as a commodity to begin with! We humans need the land and the resources of the land, not money made from the land.
May God forgive us for what we are and have done to each other and the Earth. I pray you will read and consider my words. I have not quoted Scripture for Scripture, but I know I have written only what is true. Capitalism is not the will of God. Any system of man in which one individual or group can control or profit off the needs of others by claiming ownership of what God alone created for all of creation is not a system desired by God. Such a system may indeed be allowed by God, but Judgment Day will arrive. God will not be mocked forever, especially by those who claim to be of God.