And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none;
and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
Иак 2, 15
1 Ин 3, 17
2 Кор 8, 14
Christians, who condemn the communists for their godlessness and anti-religious persecutions, cannot lay the whole blame solely upon these godless communists;
they must assign part of the blame to themselves, and that a considerable part. They must be not only accusers and judges;
they must also be penitents. Have Christians done very much for the realization of Christian justice in social life?
Have they striven to realize the brotherhood of man without that hatred and violence of which they accuse the communists?
The sins of Christians, the sins of the historical churches, have been very great, and these sins bring with them their just punishment.
Betrayal of the covenant of Christ,
the use of the Christian Church for
the support of the ruling classes,
human weakness being what it is, cannot but bring about the lapse from Christianity of those who are compelled to suffer from that betrayal and from such a distortion of Christianity. In the Prophets, in the Gospels, in the Apostolic Epistles, in most of the Doctors of the Church, we find censure of the riches of the rich and repudiation of property, and the affirmation of the equality of all men before God. In Basil the Great, and especially in John Chrysostom, may be met judgments upon social injustice due to wealth and property, so sharp that Proudhon and Marx pale before them.
The Doctors of the Church said that property is theft.
St. John Chrysostom was a complete communist,
though of course his was not communism of the capitalist or the industrial period. There are good grounds for asserting that
communism has Christian or Judaic-Christian origins.[*]
Gеrаrd Wаltег — «Lеs огiginеs du Cоmmunismе».