19 April 2009

redistribution and the bible

i'm not a person who believes in a literal interpretation of the bible. there are far too many inconsistencies and historical remnants for me to consider using scripture alone to justify beliefs.

as a practicing catholic, though, i often interact with people who find the bible justification enough. what puzzles me most about this approach is not the overlooking of completely contradictory verses, but the ubiquitous picking and choosing.

one of today's readings got me onto this train of though: acts 4:32-35, which reads
the community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. with great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the lord jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. there was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.
what do anti-redistributionists read this as saying? i'm genuinely interested in how one justifies picking certain bible verses to read as absolute truth and completely ignoring others. explanations or thoughts would be much appreciated.

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