Did Jesus pay tax? NO ! Of course he did not ! Jesus did not use money at all, did he? He did not buy or sell anything. So it is curious that followers of Jesus, good Christians, pay their taxes obediently as all good hard working Christians should.
There is a Biblical story about Jesus and the taxes that I like. It goes something like this…
A man went up to Jesus and asked him “Should we pay taxes?”
Jesus asked the man “Whose head do you see on the money?”
The man replied “It is the head of Caesar”.
Jesus said “Then the money belongs to Caesar, go give him back his money”.
If you live in a world where tax is normal, then maybe it looks like Jesus is telling us to PAY TAX. Oh well if Jesus says so, that is what we must do! This is very convenient for the tax collectors and the Church.
Do you think Jesus would have suggested that we pay tax? Is this a very Jesus like thing to suggest? Is Jesus himself paying taxes? Are we so accustomed to money that we cannot see any other possible meaning in the words? I see that Jesus is saying STOP USING MONEY. Give it ALL back to Caesar, the whole lot, not just the taxes. Abandon the money way of life. And that fits much better with how Jesus lived his life.
Jesus tends to talk in riddles for a very good reason. Because to be enlightened you have to work it out for yourself. You have to gain your own inner strength. It is no good having idols that you blindly follow, no matter how good that idol might be. This is how the Church has mianipulated its followers. STEP 1. Jesus is great, idolise him. STEP 2. Do as Jesus says. STEP 3. Jesus says Pay Tax.
So many people are looking for someone or something to be certified as “GOOD”, so they can blindly follow without having to think or feel for themselves. I would say that this is a very big trap to fall into, and it is what we have been trained to do because it suits those in power.
The Church clearly believes in taxes and money. Look at all their wealth. Many Churches charge their customers/members taxes or tithes, usually 10% of income, but probably pay no tax themselves, being tax exempt charities.
Fast forward to current day, and now we have the Queen’s Head on the money, not Caesar’s. A modern day Jesus would say go and give all the money back to the Queen!
So why don’t I? Why don’t I dump all my money at the Queen’s feet and exit the money system?
I have money in bank accounts, income and outgoings. I use money nearly every day. I am pretty sure nearly everyone in the UK now has a bank account recording the ins and outs of their life, and making sure the banks control the flow. If you want a government handout like a pension, you now have to have a bank account. And my guess is that over half the population are on handouts of sorts, life is so unaffordable in a world ruled by money.
These are my excuses for not giving back the money…
1. I need it to buy things. Things that I think I need or can’t get without money.
2. Everyone else is in the money world, I would be excluded without money.
3. I am addicted to it, I was born into it.
4. It is so much easier to just go along with the PAY TAX interpretation. It avoids pitting yourself against the system and risking imprisonment.
5. Jesus was good, follow Jesus. If I pay taxes I am good.
Imagine a Jesus around us nowadays, not paying taxes, not working hard for a living, NO FIXED ABODE very dodgy, no shoes, poncing around claiming to be a healer without any government certified qualification, tipping over tables in the country’s most respected institutions. I expect Jesus was ridiculed and despised by the Roman controlled newspapers and propaganda of the time, called a sponger of society, a scruffy lout, a layabout, not working hard to pay his way, not contributing to the public purse that funds the hospitals that treat sick people, and make them sicker. He probably wasn’t vaccinated either ! Vermin, scum, spreader of disease.
So I would say Jesus was very brave to stand up for what he saw was right, and act out his life accordingly. I don’t feel quite that brave as yet, so I have adopted another method, which means I reduce my involvement with money, step by step. Like a gentle weaning process. I can’t help noticing how much better I feel myself from a reduced involvement. Being part of the money system is not good for the spirit and soul.
There are times when I am so overwhelmed by the cruelty in the world that I feel I want to instantly abandon the money system and my part in it. Just walk out of it all. And take whatever the consequences are. I think that one of the dangers of doing this so rapidly would be how easily I could be lured back in, people would want to help me rejoin the system, and offer me money and material comforts. A step by step process allows me to consolidate my position at every stage, and be able to resist the temptation to be “helped”. Or maybe that is just another excuse.
Some Pubs are called The Queens Head, which sounds rather like something to do with the money. The pubs rake in lots of taxes on the alcohol they serve and feed it all back to the Queen as her CUT. All part of the money merry go round. I am sure the addiction to alcohol helps fuel the money go round too. Work hard to pay taxes, then go out drinking to blot out the reality of your hard work life, paying yet more taxes via the drinking.
A TAX attacks us. A tax is a little CUT. A cut makes us bleed. And as the cut gets bigger and bigger, we bleed more and more. The government likes to make CUTS, and it likes to increase A TAX. Sometimes it generously CUTS A TAX. To make us feel like they are being nice, cutting us more but attacking us less. They are always taking their nasty little cuts, little nicks, like Santa, St Nick, nicking and cutting and attacking us.
As long as we carry on with our money and our taxes, the way of the world will be about nicks and cuts and attacks and making us bleed until we are bled dry.
The banks won’t collapse, will they? Many people seem to be waiting for some big event whereby the banks suddenly collapse, we all cheer, and a Brave New World begins. Without any effort on our part. But the very same people carry on using money, as I do. Too many people, even poor people, have an investment in money and the banks, a relationship to the banks. Even those in debt have a relationship with the banks. And it is this attachment that will keep it all going. If the banks collapse while we are still attached to them, like an unmbilical cord, we will need a replacement system straight away, another version of the same thing will spring up, or the banks will be bailed out. The only way we truly get rid of money and any other system of keeping count, is by exiting the system of our own free will. So that we no longer NEED the system. So that we can’t be lured back in. Then the banks will just disappear, fade away.
Wouldn’t it be nice if things were easy, and everyone suddenly went to the Queen and dumped their money, all of us TOGETHER. A great spirit of togetherness, lovely! Maybe we could start a movement on Facebook, and get angry because not everyone signs up. Maybe it will happen when the planets all line up eh? I think not, there is no way that everyone is going to synchronise and do this all at the same time. So it comes back down to your own soul solo sole barefoot journey. Working out your own way through. A bit lonely maybe. Patient and plodding, in your own time, your own way.
Or you can just CARRY ON as before, pay taxes, worship money, wait hopefully for an external saviour or external event that you expect to dramatically solve the world’s cruelty. The CARRY ON method is the one that plays into the hands of Big Brother and his banks.
(I have referred to Jesus as male in this post, but I am still of the opinion that Jesus was female, see Jesus the Jewess)
(See other earlier posts: Decoding the Murder of Jesus, Jesus da Vinci and Chakra, The Queen’s Debt, Why I Need Money, Moon Eye Money, Place Your Bets, Taxing, The Gift Economy, The Money Less Society, It’s What We Do, Temptation, Housing Tax, Dark Satanic Mills, The Saviour Within, Romans Remain, Pleading Guilty, By Consent)