Marxist beliefs (Part 1)

Various worldviews have solutions to make life better on planet Earth.  Over the next months, these worldviews will be explained so you can understand your world better.  Moreover, you will be able to explain the real solution to our problem: Jesus Christ, the Savior from the world’s sinfulness.  Let’s continue with Marxism.  And for more details, read my book, Starting at the End

Marxism assumes that no God exists, and that the only thing in this universe is matter.  There is nothing supernatural.  Besides being atheistic, Marxism believes in dialectical materialism—matter in a state of constant change.  Marxists believe in evolution, and that all things are constantly developing and improving.  This state of evolutionary change even extends to people and classes in society. 

According to Marxism, societies have been guided through phases based on economics. Some were feudalism, capitalism, and socialism. This continual economic clash of the “way things are” with opposing forces are inevitable. Eventually, the war between the classes of “haves” and “have-nots” will lead to socialism, a government-controlled economy, which is merely a transition to communism. After socialism, the classless society of communism will appear, a perfect world where everyone’s needs are met and no government is necessary. Because man is basically good, everyone will share freely. Just as life has evolved, so society will continue to evolve into a communist utopia, where no more oppression, economic or otherwise, will exist.

Yet listen to those who have experienced this worldview firsthand. Russian thinker and author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s offered the following take on socialism: “The future kingdom of socialism will be a terrible tyranny of criminals and murderers. It will throw humanity into a true hell of spiritual suffering and poverty.” Socialist George Bernard Shaw added: “You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught and employed whether you liked it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character and industry enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner.” Why is such violence associated with Marxism? Dr. Thomas Sowell explains,

At the heart of the socialist vision is the notion that a compassionate society can create more humane living conditions for all through government “planning” and control of the economy…The rule of law, on which freedom itself ultimately depends, is inherently incompatible with socialism. People who are free to do as they wish will not do as the economic planners wish. Differences in values and priories are enough to ensure that. These differences must be ironed out by propaganda or power, if socialism is to be socialism.

These quotes are the reason Dr. Fred Schwarz summarizes the Marxist future this way: “Communists believe they have a destiny. Their destiny is to create a new world and regenerate mankind. To do this, they must conquer the world, dethrone God, shatter the Capitalist system, and by Communist dictatorship, establish the regenerative environment of Socialism. This new environment will rear the young to perfection.” Along the way, this “regeneration of mankind” will require the elimination of classes that carry the “diseased” ways of thinking regarding God, family, and business. That’s why Marxism has such a bloody past. It’s like a doctor doing surgery: incisions have to be made to remove unhealthy tissue. Yet even beyond the terrible amount of corpses for which Marxism is responsible, there are other serious objections to this worldview.

One problem is that the future cannot logically end with global communism. According to Marxism, business owners clash with workers creating a revolution leading to socialism, which will ultimately end in global communism. Dr. David Noebel explained, “The concept of the dialectic illustrates that the downfall of capitalism and the subsequent rise of socialism and eventually communism are inevitable…The dialectic, if carried forward, also guarantees that communism cannot be the final synthesis.” In other words, if one believes that everything is in a constant state of change, one has to ask this question: After the utopia of global communism, what comes next? Furthermore, since everything is always changing, why try to encourage revolution in the first place? Won’t everything change eventually anyway? Why should people try to help evolution along?

Marxism has other errors besides the assumption that there is no God, man’s nature is good, and that the global state of communism will be the ultimate end.  We’ll explore those problems in the next blog.

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