But Marx’s impact is overwhelmingly evil.
“Given that Marx’s ideological progeny includes the likes of Josef Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Pot Pot, and Fidel Castro, there is no other man in recorded human history responsible for as many deaths as tis ‘humanist of humanists.’ ... The total number of citizens killed by the Roman Emperors is estimated to have been between 2 million and 8 million over a period of 400 years. Yet this is just a fraction of the number of lives lost under Marxist ideologues in the last century. ... Thus far the body count lies between 85 million and 200 million” (Kevin Swanson, Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West).
Marx was raised Lutheran, and at age 17 he wrote The Union of the Faithful with Christ, saying, “Through love of Christ we turn our hearts at the same time toward our brethren who are inwardly bound to us and for whom He gave Himself in sacrifice.”
Not long after, Marx rejected Jesus Christ and the Bible and began to rage against God with the most frightful blasphemies. Consider some excerpts:
“I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above” (Marx, cited from Richard Wurmbrand, Marx and Satan, p. 12).
“Then I will walk triumphantly, like a god, through the ruins of their kingdom. Every word of mine is fire and action. My breast is equal to that of the Creator” (Marx’s poem Human Pride).
“I am great like God, I clothe myself in darkness like him” (Marx, a poem sent to his father on his 55th birthday).
“Yet I have power within my youthful arms to clench and crush you with tempestuous force, while for us both the abyss yawns in darkness. You will sink down and I shall follow laughing, whispering in your ears, ‘Descend, come with me, friend.’ ... If there is a something which devours, I’ll leap within it, though I bring the world to ruins--the world which bulks between me and the abyss I will smash to pieces with my enduring curses” (Marx’s play Oulanem).
This is blasphemy and destructive hatred from the heart of the devil himself and reflects the rejection of God prophesied in Psalm 2.
Marx’s heart was filled with rage, and there is no surprise that it polluted his entire life, including his writings.
“Marx’s life was filled with violent, explosive arguments with his family, which led to a complete breach of relationship with his mother and occasional separations from his wife. According to Jenny [Marx’s wife], his life was one continual row. One of his acquaintances described Marx in a poem, ‘Dark fellow from Trier in fury raging, His evil fist is clenched, he roars interminably, as though ten thousand devils had him by the hair’” (Swanson, Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West).
“He was never in a position to carry out large-scale revolution, violent, or otherwise, and his pent-up rage therefore passed into his books, which always have a tone of intransigence and extremism. Many passages give the impression that they have actually been written in a state of fury. In due course, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung practiced, on an enormous scale, the violence which Marx felt in his heart and which his works exude” (Paul Johnson, Intellectuals).
Marx wrote about capital but didn’t understand it. He wrote about science, but was unscientific. He wrote about the liberation of workers, but he cared nothing about workers. He wrote about the creation of a new man, but he was a strange, miserable, corrupt, cruel man who didn’t love even his own wife and children.
“He was a virulent racist and anti-Semite with a vicious temper (‘Jewish n****r’ was one of his favorite epithets). On a good day, he enjoyed threatening those who disagreed with him by blurting, ‘I will annihilate you!’ His personal hygiene was, well, suffice it to say he had none. He was heartlessly cruel to his family and anyone who crossed him. This is the same man who postured as a thinker whose ideas would save humanity.We learn in Intellectuals that the chef who cooked up communism professed to be ‘scientific.’ In reality, Johnson argues, ‘there was nothing scientific about him; indeed, in all that matters he was anti-scientific.’ His most famous lines—including ‘religion is the opiate of the masses’ and workers ‘have nothing to lose but their chains’—were flagrantly ripped off from other authors. He ‘never set foot in a mill, factory, mine or other industrial workplace in the whole of his life,’ steadfastly abjured invitations to do so, and denounced fellow revolutionaries who did. He never let a fact or a glimmer of reality stem the flow of poison from his pen. He had no money because he refused to work for it, then cursed those who had it and didn’t share it with him. His own mother said she wished her son ‘would accumulate some capital instead of just writing about it.’ ... ‘What emerges from a reading of Capital is Marx’s fundamental failure to understand capitalism,’ writes Paul Johnson. Marx ‘failed precisely because he was unscientific: he would not investigate the facts himself, or use objectively the facts investigated by others. From start to finish, not just Capital but all his work reflects a disregard for truth which at times amounts to contempt. That is the primary reason why Marxism, as a system, cannot produce the results claimed for it; and to call it ‘scientific’ is preposterous’” (Lawrence Reed, “Paul Johnson on Why We Should ‘Beware Intellectuals’,” Oct. 9, 2018, fee.org).
“Karl Marx’s life was a disaster. He had seven children by his wife, Jenny. Continuing in the shameful tradition of Descartes and Rousseau, he produced a child out of wedlock with his house maid, Helen Demuth. Eleanor his favorite daughter, married Edward Aveling, a Satanist known for his blasphemous lectures on ‘The Wickedness of God’ and for his poems to Satan. If that wasn’t horrible enough, Marx starved three of his children to death, five of his children died prematurely, and the two daughters who outlived him committed suicide” (Swanson, Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West).
Marx advocated the destruction of the Jews.
“The fact that the Jews of the world have become so strong as to endanger the life of the world causes us to disclose their organization, their purpose, that its stench might awaken the workers of the world to fight an eliminate such a canker” (Marx, writing for the New York Tribune, cited from Kevin Swanson, Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West).
Marx and Friedrick Engels published The Communist Manifesto in London in January 1848.
Marx considered religion “the opiate of the people” (Contribution to Cirituque of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, 1843) and the very concept of God to be a hindrance to human development.
“Marx took Hegel’s idea of change through confrontation and accommodation and placed it in the material world. This gives us the basic communist idea of change through destruction and reorganization. Communism thrives on turmoil because, to their way of thinking, anything which upsets order is an aid in movement toward their ultimate synthesis. In communism, the ruling class is the thesis, the working class the antithesis, and the ultimate synthesis will be a state controlled by the people living in complete equality. ... Many Christians have been amazed at the sympathy and comradeship liberal theologians feel for the godless communist movement. But it is not really surprising since they are both, in different areas of life, searching by the same methods for the same end” (Daniel J. Ebert, Will Our Sons Defend the Faith, 3rd edition, 1994, p. 36).
The Communist Manifesto announces a war to the death against truth, religion, and morality, “Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality.”
Marx understood the power of education in the hands of government and is one of the fathers of socialized public education. “We destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education with social” (The Communist Manifesto).
“Marx realized that the core battle in the war of the worldviews must be fought in the area of education, and specifically in government control of education. Before 1848, very little education was a product of large bureaucratic, democratic governments. For thousands of years, education was considered the responsibility of families, churches, and small communities, and was carried out under their direction. Karl Marx now perceives that the nuclear family and its commitment to direct the education and upbringing of children is the one major impediment to the all-consuming state” (Swanson, Apostate).
Marx loved Darwin’s theory of evolution. He called it “the basis in natural history for our view” (J.D. Bernal, Marx and Science, 1952, p. 17). Marx was one of the first in a long line of atheists who believed that Darwin had gotten rid of the need for a Creator. He said that Darwin had given the doctrine of God “the death blow” (Gertrude Himmelfarb, Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution, p. 398). In 1873 Marx sent Darwin a copy of Das Kapital and asked permission to dedicate the next volume to him.
Wherever Marx’s philosophy has operated, it has produced turmoil, variance, hatred, violence, and death.
A month after the publication of the Communist Manifesto, the terrible French revolution broke out in all of its socialistic fury.
Within a year, over 50 other violent attempts took place to topple established governments (James Webb, The Occult Underground, 1974, p. 7).
By 1917, communist revolutionaries had gained control of the Russian Empire and were well on their way to dominating and brutalizing a large portion of the world.
Marx’s manifesto calls for abolition of property rights, abolition of inheritance rights, confiscation of property, and state control of business. These are in direct disobedience to God’s laws, such as “thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” “thou shalt not steal,” and “thou shalt not covet” (Mat. 22:39; Ex. 20:15, 17).
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