Jesus on Taxes

November 6, 2007

Jesus On Taxes
By Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz

From my study of the New Testament, I must conclude the Messiah was a staunch tax protestor. The political motive for his crucifixion was his equating taxation with sin akin to usury, slavery, hypocrisy, and prostitution.
Re-reading Matthew, for instance, is edifying concerning taxation and Jesus’ prohibition of this enslaving practice. Temple tax collectors and sinful Rabbis were repeatedly rebuked by the Prince of Peace, Hebrew name YahShuah (Yeshua), who pointed out the obvious: All children of the King of the Universe are exempt from paying taxes, and the coins used to pay taxes, bearing graven images of political deities, (such as Caesar’s face on the denarios) should be returned forthwith (to Caesar), lest you violate the second law in the Ten Commandments.
YahShuah demonstrated by his actions, and prescribed his apostles likewise, walking bravely in faith and trust in the Creator while rebuking political and religious hypocrisy. His Way was, and still is, liberating to people enslaved economically by their governors, and spiritually suppressed by religious hypocrites and dogmatists. 
Contrary to Christian misinterpretation and misleading doctrine on this subject, the Messiah’s sarcastic Jewish humor is obvious in Matthew 17:27. (Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.)
YahShuah never miraculously manifested a coin in a fish’s mouth so his apostles could appease hypocrites and prostitutes against whom he expressed stern righteous indignation and condemnation. This would have been hypocrisy given the fact he had already asserted to one Sanhedrin official that children of the King do not need to pay tax, and another to give Caesar back his graven image while giving our Creator unlimited respect for His value.
The Messiah’s metaphor of the hook and money in the mouth of a fish is brilliant. How can you be effective fishers of men, when the men are hooked by money and being reeled in by fear of a lesser god? 
Apostle Paul prescribed paying our debts, including taxes if we owe them. But who really owes taxes today? Watch the late Aaron Russo’s film, America: From Freedom to Fascism, to learn that corporations, government employees, and DC residents, are exclusively compelled by their contracts to pay income taxes; for the rest it is voluntary. Sadly, most churches, mosques, and synagogues operate under 501c incorporations making them slaves to the state requiring the payment of taxes IF owed. 

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