Karl Marx was no atheist

I wonder if many young people who revere Karl Marx, the father of modern Socialism, know that not only was he not an atheist, he vehemently hated God. I think so-called Christian Socialists should especially understand this, because it’s very clear from Marx’s writings that he not only believed there was a God but wanted revenge on Him in an almost Miltonesque “Paradise Lost” sort of way. This also helps to explain why Marxist ideology is so dark, divisive, and destructive, which is the opposite of Christ’s message: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)

Dr. David Jeremiah, a pastor and founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, recently released a book to share his findings about socialism’s evil roots titled “Where Do We Go From Here?” He was recently interviewed on EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” with Jan Jekielek.

The following is a quote from Dr. Jeremiah from that interview in the Epoch Times:

“Dr. Jeremiah said he hopes that talking more about the truth of socialism and its anti-God beliefs will help more people understand the problems of today.”

“One of his [Marx’s] key phrases was to wipe God out of heaven and capitalists off the earth. That was his two-fold program,” he said. “There’s a lot of university students who were captivated by this.”

“It’s really scary to me … some of the statistics I cited in this book really bear that out, that young people between 18 and 25—I think 60-some percent of them—think socialism is cool, it’s OK; more than anything else because of all the free stuff they get promised in the process.

“But when they understand the roots of socialism, it makes them stop and think,” he said.”

If you’re not subscribed to the Epoch Times (you should!), you can read a free article that quotes the interview extensively here. Dr. Jeremiah was also featured on American Thought Leaders EpochTV show. Again, you have to be a subscriber to watch the whole video interview but you can watch the teaser here:

I’ve been saying that Socialism is evil at its very core, which is proven, over and over again, by what it does to any society that fully embraces this cancerous ideology. It’s an anti-Christ religion, and some of its founding fathers have said as much, like neo-Marxist founding father, Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937):

“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.” (Antonio Gramsci, ‘Audacia e Fide’ in Avanti!; reprinted in Sotto la Mole, 1916-1920, p. 148)

When we understand this, we can properly decode the insanity that’s going on today in America.

The fact that Karl Marx believed in and vehemently hated God is clear in his early writings. Paul Kengor traces Karl Marx’s early roots in his book, “The Devil and Karl Marx,” quoting Marx as follows:

 “Thus Heaven I’ve forfeited, I know it full well,” he [Marx] wrote in a poem in 1837, a decade before his Manifesto. “My soul, once true to God, is chosen for Hell.”

Apparently, even though the Marx family descended from Jewish Rabbis, young Karl was forcibly converted to Lutheranism by his father. When he went to university he not only rejected Christianity, he vowed to get revenge on God. This is why I say that, while many consider Marx to be an atheist, I believe the more correct term would be anti-theist.

The following is quoted from Murray Rothbard on LewRockwell.com, where he excerpts from his book, “An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought.” See if this doesn’t sound a little like “Paradise Lost” to you:

“[Marx] in his poem “Feelings,” dedicated to his childhood sweetheart and later wife Jenny von Westphalen, Marx expressed both his megalomania and his enormous thirst for destruction:

‘Heaven I would comprehend
I would draw the world to me;
Living, hating, I intend
That my star shine brilliantly …’

‘… Worlds I would destroy forever,
Since I can create no world;
Since my call they notice never …'”

“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.
Every word of mine is fire and action.
My breast is equal to that of the Creator.'”
“And in his poem “Invocation of One in Despair” Marx writes,

‘I shall build my throne high overhead
Cold, tremendous shall its summit be.
For its bulwark – superstitious dread
For its marshal – blackest agony.’
“The Satan theme is most explicitly set forth in Marx’s “The Fiddler,” 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.'”

“Particularly instructive is Marx’s lengthy, unfinished poetic drama of this youthful period, Oulanem, A Tragedy. In the course of this drama his hero, Oulanem, delivers a remarkable soliloquy, pouring out sustained invective, a hatred of the world and of mankind, a hatred of creation and a threat and vision of total world destruction.

Thus Oulanem pours out his vials of wrath:

‘… I shall howl gigantic curses on mankind:
Ha! Eternity! She is an eternal grief …
Ourselves being clockwork, blindly mechanical,
Made to be the foul-calendars of Time and Space,
Having no purpose save to happen, to be ruined,
So that there shall be something to ruin …
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!’

‘… the leaden world holds us fast,
And we are chained, shattered, empty, frightened,
Eternally chained to this marble block of Being …
and we –
We are the apes of a cold God.'”

Karl Marx was a pathetic evil human being in so many ways and his early writings explains the sinister spiritual roots of his evil Socialist ideology.

11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Eph.5:11 NIV)


About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 42 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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20 Responses to Karl Marx was no atheist

  1. Well said, Mel I totally agree.

    I wonder though, do young people really get sucked into socialism because they just “want free stuff,” or is it possible that they no longer have access to the capitalism of their parent’s time? I mean you can’t afford to buy a house, you’re trapped in school loans, and you have to work 3 jobs. The system is broken. I also wonder how many people have turned away from God because of the behavior of the church? How many hate God because all they can see is unjust politics and ideology from churches?

    • Mel Wild says:

      There’s no short answer that adequetely answers what your saying! It’s probably both. There is a tendency to rebel in our youth and reject tradition, regardles of how good the system is. This makes it so youth can be easily manipulated because they don’t have sufficient life experience. They go to a university and get indoctrinated by activist professors who feed this natural inclination to rebel and some get converted into activists. Many are going into fields that have no job opportunity. The truth is, most young people know almost nothing about Capitalism or Socialism. They have “Twitter-knowledge” of such things. 🙂

      But your description of their situation is true, at least on the surface. There are many parts of the system that are broken. But, as you probably agree, when you dig deeper you find that it’s not Capitalism or God that’s the problem.

      It is true that there are church leaders behaving badly (such was true with Marx’s own upbringing), but that’s also the only thing you will get on the news or Social Media. Most churches are quietly doing good things. Besides, many young people are now at least two generations removed from being part of a church at all. They were brought up in a totally secular environment. Add to that, their need for constant entertainment through media. They have no need for God or church, or so they think. But when you dig deeper here, you find so many depressed and empty and without a higher purpose, which can make them susceptible to the woke religion in universities.

      Of all systems of government, Capitalist has proven to lift more people out of poverty and created greater prosperity than any other. Socialism has proven to be the exact opposite wherever it’s been fully put into practice.

      I do believe that the university system is totally broken. They are ridiculously expensive and no longer equip most students for a successful career. Most people should not go to a university. They would be much better off going to a trade school or getting specific training elsewhere instead.

      And housing costs are very high in some areas of the country. For instance, my son would never be able to afford to even buy a shack in Southern California where he used to live, but he can easily buy one here. In fact, we just bought a rental property in the downtown area. Everywhere you look throughout the country, people are hiring but no one wants to work. Part of the blame is the politicizing of Covid and making people afraid to go back to work.

      Hopefully, our young people will educate themselves on the reality of Socialism and reject it outright. The current system is broken, but our young people can expend their boundless energy and ambition making it better, not replacing it with something that is far worse.

      • Good points, Mel. To really complicate things even more, here where I live it’s not the young embracing socialism, but rather the older people who are running our gov and schools and churches. I was at a mandate protest the other day and we’re all pretty young, getting heckled by all these well off, older folks. My grand daughter’s teacher is an avowed communist. Then we just turn around and blame the kids.

        • Mel Wild says:

          That’s really a good point, IB. It is the Baby Boomer and Millennial Socialists, who become the teachers and professors, trying to indoctrinate our children and grandchildren. My prayer is that they become rebels against the “system” which is Socialism. There is hope there. 🙂

  2. misterkiddo456 says:

    Wow… I wonder if him and satan are just kindred spirits or if he was actually possesed to publish such satanic thought pieces. The answer seems like a mix of both.

    Either way it makes a lot more sense when you see his poetry. He sounds like someone stuck in a demonic bitterness trap. “The world hurt me so I pity myself… God didn’t caudle my toxic self pitty… therefore… I shall burn it all down.”

    • Mel Wild says:

      Well, Marx’s close friends actually thought he was demon possessed. They were probably right. But it’s this vitriol and hatred that spawned Marxist Socialism. That ought to give anyone pause before they embrace his ideology. It brings out the worst in human nature and creates a living hell on earth. Of course, we saw that all last summer as his ideological offspring were burning down our cities.

  3. artaxes says:

    Reblogged this on Artaxes' brainbench and commented:
    Mel is a pastor and a blogger who is doing great work in exposing the evils of socialism. I recommend all of his posts but I consider his posts on socialism very helpful for understanding why socialism is evil. Of all his posts in his “socialism series” which he tirelessly and constantly expands I find his latest post to be the best one because it goes straight to the spiritual source of Marxism. He shows that Marx was no atheist. I agree with his conclusion “Karl Marx was a pathetic evil human being in so many ways and his early writings explains the sinister spiritual roots of his evil Socialist ideology.”

    My impression of Marx: He hated humanity and he wanted to overthrow the world’s goverments not to replace them with something better but because he wanted to be the ruler instead. Filled with a raging envy he thought he deserved to rule instead of those goverments. As intense as his hatred of the ruling goverments was his hatred of God and I would go so far as to say that he was envious of God and that he believed he should be the object of worship instead which in a sick perverted way has become true for marxists.

    In addition to the resources Mel links to I recommend Richard Wurmbrands “Marx and Satan”.
    Here is a link to a free online version: http://www.rafapal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Marx_and_Satan.pdf

    Wurmbrand shows a very dark side of Marx and he makes the case that Marx was a satanist.
    Whether Marx was a practising satanist or not, it’s clear which spirit guided and inspired Marx. The death, destruction and oppression that is his legacy is proof of that.

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  5. Nick says:

    Not surprising to me at all, and it’s a spirit too many of his modern adherents embody. It’s not really about making things better. Socialism doesn’t FIX problems, all it does is destroy those who succeed. And for so many people, that’s all they care about. Raising taxes on “the rich” won’t solve anything, but that’s not the point. It’s about revenge. It’s about bringing others low, not raising people up.

    In that sense, Marx longed to destroy capitalism, to destroy heaven, to destroy God Himself if he had his way, not because things would get better, but because of Marx’s nihilistic worldview. He just wanted to burn it all down.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Exactly. With Marxists, it’s never about the issue they claim to be fighting for, whether it be class or race or gender, etc. It’s about destroying society and taking power. It’s also about greed. BLM and Antifa destroying our cities is a case in point. They don’t actually care about black people. It’s all about power. And Cullers, one of BLM’s founders, got rich with their scam and bought several luxury properties. Yay comrade! The funny thing about American Marxism is the fat cat corporatists are with them!

      Did you know that the Castro brothers were worth over $900 million dollars at the time of Fidel’s death? They got rich while their people starved in the streets. They sucked all the resources of Cuba dry and lived in luxury in their palaces. It’s all about a small handful of elites controlling the “peasantry” they create out of a formerly prosperous society. That’s what Marx’s ideology actually does in practice. A malignant cancer is the best way to describe it.

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    The book sounds fascinating! I agree with you: ” This is why I say that, while many consider Marx to be an atheist, I believe the more correct term would be anti-theist” I think a lot of self-proclaimed loud atheist are more like “Hate-theist” than “A-theist”

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