Sunday, 10 July 2016

SWPE Position on 'Cultural Christianity'

Ever since the Roman Empire enforced Christianity as the official state religion, successive European nations became Christianised until the entire continent adopted the Christian religion. The religion did not spread because the (Working Class) Peasants decided that the religion was more plausible than the indigenous heathen/pagan belief systems. Christianity spread because the Ruling Classes understood the potential it gave them as a system of social control. As the image at the top shows (images from the Russian Orthodox Calendar for 2014), the nominally atheistic USSR used Christianity as a form of social cohesion - with Comrade Stalin himself ultimately reverting to his Orthodox upbringing, contrary to the Revisionist and Capitalist claims of him persecuting Christians.

From Ireland to Russia, Christianity has been used to legitimise the power of government, sometimes as a means of forging social cohesion, but mostly as an instrument of social control. The teachings of Saul/Paul of Tarsus explicitly demand the obedience of the people to the Ruling Class, and enshrine such things as the paying of taxes to the regime in power. This is the basis of the argument against Christianity of everyone who opposes control by an elitist Capitalist Ruling Class, regardless of professed ideology.

Here are a few Bible quotes which the Ruling Class would just love. They preach against revolution and for total obedience to those in power:

1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your behaviour honest, or excellent among the Gentiles so that in the things in which they slander you as evildoers they may because of your good deeds as they observe them glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silent the ignorance of foolish men.”

Proverbs 8:15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice

Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change

Romans 13:2 Consequently, the one who resists authority is opposing what God has set in place, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves

Titus 3:1 Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work

The Bible is written in such a way that it is possible to pick and choose passages in order to support any argument. It is possible to take other quotes from the Bible to support the redistribution of wealth and property. The following are quotes which it would be tempting for Socialists to quote as pro-Socialist propaganda:

James:2:5-6 “Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonoured the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court?

James:5:1 “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.”

Acts: 2:44-45 And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.

Acts: 4:32 Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common.

These passages could be used by SWPE to advance the position that all Christians must be Socialists. But, as Revolutionaries, we are already considered as 'evil' by those who believe the passages which preceded them! The problem continues when we look at how the redistribution of wealth is to be achieved. The 'solution' to the problems of economic inequality is for Christians who have accumulated wealth and/or property, to SELL what they have and give out the proceeds to the poor (which would logically include themselves having voluntarily impoverished themselves). These following beauties would logically result in masses of poor (but 'righteous') people owning nothing at all, living in the shadow of people who did not share their religious ideals, who would own everything:

Luke:12:33 “Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.”

Mark:10:21-22 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Acts:4:33-35 And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made to each as any had need.

The above passages are a recipe for disaster. If people are to sell everything they own, then somebody has to buy it. Who would want to build up wealth by exploiting the good will of others? Who? Perhaps people who gamble on the Stock Exchange, perhaps Bankers, perhaps Landlords seeking to build a property empire with which they could become rich by renting out accommodation at exorbitant rates. Who? Capitalists - Greedy, Exploiting, Money/Power-obsessed Capitalists. What would become of those who sold everything to the Capitalist Classes? They would become Slaves and would be forced into servitude to pay for the use of accommodation which they had previously had ownership of. This is a Capitalist's wet dream, but a Socialist's nightmare.

Christianity is a Middle Eastern religion, and like Islam and Judaism has been imported into Europe as a result of imperialism. The position of SWPE on Christianity is that it is the remnant of an old system of tyranny and that it only remains out of habit. But remain it does, and for that reason it has to be considered in the context of how it has become entrenched in our traditions and our culture. Like Lenin, we consider that religion is a personal matter and that the best possible outcome in a Socialist society would be for the incompatible non-indigenous religions to wither over time, with education aimed at assisting people to overcome ideas which have become entrenched in them because they have been practiced by their families for generations.

SWPE has a stated aim of returning our people to the natural Socialist ways of our ancestors. We want a better England, free from Capitalism, Class Hierarchy and all forms of exploitation. We understand that people need more than bread to live. We do not deny the existence of spirituality, rather we deny the right of Priests to dictate how people are to experience the spiritual. It is absurd that people who believe in an all knowing deity feel that they need to communicate with that deity through a hierarchy of 'holymen'.

Meditation, contemplation and awareness of nature make for a better understanding of the spiritual than singing hymns and becoming obsessed with the mythology of Middle Eastern cults. The Christian Identity cult is perhaps the worst of all Christian factions, with its advocates being profoundly anti-Semitic because of a belief that they are the real 'Hebrews/Israelites' and the Jews of Israel are impostors. They waste their lives fighting battles of the imagination, while the Ruling Class laugh at them and the Capitalist menace grows in strength.

We differentiate between Christians and Cultural Christians, with the former being the 'Bible basher' types who insist that they know the 'Truth' because they have read their Bibles and spoken to their Priests. We will not accept proselytising Christians into SWPE. We will not stand on the same platform as Identity Christians. Cultural Christians are people who have been raised in Christian society, people who enjoy the architectural magnificence of our ancient cathedrals, rather than people who believe in the Bible and who campaign to impose the Jesus myth on others. Even the most ardent Heathens/Pagans in England can be referred to as Cultural Christians due to the traditions of our country, so naturally Cultural Christians are welcome in our ranks, but Biblical Christians of any denomination are not.

Identity Christians are not only unwelcome in SWPE, but unlike Bible Christians who we would hope to re-educate to a rejection of the Church and its hierarchical structure (with the aim being for the Church to wither away), they are not welcome in the Socialist future we aim to create, and would be expelled from our country as a matter of urgency.

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