I am about to take a trip down a theoretical rabbit hole. Would you care to join me?
Karl Marx is one of the most quoted, inspiring, and powerful men that you probably know very little about. He is blamed for the current progressive movement, some very politically minded films, leftist politics, failed Communist empires, and dictators around the world. He is equally and unfairly given credit for his criticism of capitalism that has inspired filmmakers, radicals, revolutionaries, and politicians.
One cannot go to college in America or live in an anti-capitalist nation without having heard the man’s name. However, is he TRULY the one behind anti-Western, anti-capitalist, and anti-American revolutionary social movements?
Although the Communist Manifesto introduced the idea of religion being the “opiate of the people” — a drug that pacifies us so that we remain apathetic to the oppression and inequality forced on us by capitalism – Marx’s first written work was called The Union of the Faithful with Christ.
Have you ever heard about Karl Marx, the Christian? Here is an excerpt:
“Through love of Christ we turn our hearts at the same time toward our brethren who are inwardly bound to us and for whom He gave himself in sacrifice. . . Union with Christ could give an inner elevation, comfort in sorrow, calm trust, and a heart susceptible to human love, to everything noble and great, not for the sake of ambition and glory, but only for the sake of Christ.”
Or how about this when considering “the opiate of the people”:
“Religion itself teaches us that the Ideal toward which all strive sacrificed Himself for humanity, and who shall dare contradict such claims? If we have chosen the position in which we can accomplish the most for Him, then we can never be crushed by burdens, because they are only sacrifices made for the sake of all.”
However, shortly after receiving his high school certificate for “Religious Knowledge”, Marx made a complete reversal from the Christianity that he so eloquently wrote about. He began writing about avenging himself against God. This is not a form of atheism, because he clearly still believed in God. In other writings he dreamed of ruling the Earth on equal terms with the Almighty.
We know that evidence of Marx’s descent into darkness comes from a poem called “The Player” in which he claims to have sold his soul to Satan.
In a little know drama titled Oulanem, Marx wrote of a desire to destroy everything on Earth and drag humanity to the abyss where Satan will be chained.
There are several other little known writings and poems from Marx, as well as correspondences between he and his friends and family that highlight a direct turn from the man who wrote about the love of and union with Christ just a few years prior. [For more information on the subject, check out Marx & Satan by Richard Wurmbrand (1986)]
Karl Marx became a representative of Satan.
I want you to think of a story that we all know, regardless of our religious upbringing. The world began in a garden, a perfect place where man and woman believed that they were living a fulfilling life. Sure, God was there, and he is the one who set up all the rules for living in the garden, but it was a generally egalitarian existence. Yet when Eve ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, she became immediately aware of the inequality around her. Adam, too, ate and the veil of ignorance was lifted.
As Marx would put it, they achieved “class consciousness”—the sudden awareness of their situation as a lower class member of the proletariat; a “have not.”
God, on the other hand, is the ultimate “have.” After all, He literally has everything. God owns more forces of production than every factory owner who has ever lived combined.
The similarities between Marx’s ideas and “The Origin of Sin” are striking. Part of Adam’s curse is labor. Work is now difficult and unrewarding. Eve’s child delivery became painful. The rift between human beings widened throughout the generations. Familial relationships became strained. Even the labor of Cain and Able were alienating (another Marxist term).
Cain was alienated from his labor, as he did what he HAD to do rather than what he wanted to do. He was alienated from his peers, because Abel’s sacrifice was viewed as more worthy to God. He was alienated from nature in that he had to work in the field picking fruits and vegetables rather than tend to animals like his brother. Cain worked hard and toiled with sweat on his brow, not as a means to luxury, but for basic subsistence.
Marx, in his attacks on capitalism and religion, advocates that we abandon our relationships with God so that we can become “aware.” He is like Satan, offering us the “forbidden fruit” of knowledge.
Knowledge without wisdom, according to Solomon, is vanity. It is empty.
Furthermore, the book of Ecclesiastes provides an interesting commentary when you consider Marx’s ideals. “What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?” Marx would say “none.” Solomon says “none.” The wisest man who ever lived went on to write about his fruitless pursuit of material goods. Solomon had more wine, property, women, and luxury than any hundred people could ever want. However, he was never satisfied.
Again, this is thousands of years before the existence of capitalism, which is the system that Marx exclusively blames for inequality and greed.
For Marx, the end game to this pursuit of materialism will inevitably lead to the fall of capitalism into a communist Utopia. Again, The Bible agrees that the entire worldly system will collapse into a New Heaven and New Earth which will solve the issue of inequality and forced, meaningless labor forever.
Satan is the opposite of God, yet people mistake the two. The anti-Christ is the opposite of Christ, yet people will believe that the former is the latter and worship him. Marx, as a representative tool of Lucifer has the opposite reasoning toward what The Almighty God has set out for us, yet bears striking similarities.
However, the ideas of Marx are not original. They are barely creative, and they are inspired by a being that is literally hell bent on dragging us down to the abyss for eternity.
So many humanists want to believe that Marx is somehow the champion of inequality. He is a mind born of The Enlightenment that uses science as a basis for understanding, rather that some outdated religious beliefs and appeal to God. Interesting, because none of his ideas are original. They can be found in and applied to the story of the first humans; a story largely passed over out of hatred or fear of Christianity. As a “Religious Knowledge” certificate earner, Marx would certainly have knowledge of Adam and Eve. Is it out of the realm of possibility that he, as a means to attack God, used the story of original sin as a catalyst for his revolutionary ideas?
So back to the question at hand: why Marx?
What if it was possible that Marx really did sell his soul to the Devil? Maybe Marx’s influence is actually Satanic; his words co-authored by a supernatural force that exceeds all reason. Perhaps the longevity of the doctrine of inequality written by an avowed God-hating Satanist cannot be explained by any rational thought.
As God breathed into The Bible and gave it life, perhaps Satan breathed into Marx’s writings and gave it death.