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)