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Gary North makes the claim on his site that:

The Bible is an anti-socialist document. Socialist propagandists for over four centuries have claimed that the Bible teaches socialism, but we have yet to see a single Bible commentary written by a socialist. If the Bible teaches socialism, where is the expository evidence?

Gary, how about Leviticus 2:1-3 (New International Version):

1 “‘When anyone brings a grain offering to the LORD, their offering is to be of the finest flour. They are to pour olive oil on it, put incense on it 2 and take it to Aaron’s sons the priests. The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial[a] portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 3 The rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the food offerings presented to the LORD.

Given that socialism is a system whereby the means of production and distribution are controlled by the state, the above verses show how grains were to be produced and distributed to God and his priestly class, the Levites.

In order to rebut Gary North’s claim that the Bible is anti-socialist, it is sufficient to demonstrate a single example of the Bible promoting socialism, and I think Leviticus 2:1-3 is one such example.

Therefore, the Bible is not anti-socialist, as North claims.

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