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(RNS) Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year.


  1. Might I suggest that the amount which a government taxes is far less pertinent than what it provides for that amount. A country where healthcare, education and pensions are provided privately for instance may have low taxes, but that’s pretty irrelevant if a decent standard of living is comparatively unaffordable for most individuals (a side note: I notice that ‘families’ are often used in discussions of tax because the idea of poor children is emotive, let us remember that many are single and/or childless and experience real hardship!).

    To take another biblical example the early church knew the power of collective provision (see Acts), though of course that was voluntary rather than compelled. I wonder if a better question for debate is ‘what level of tax enables all citizens to experience a socially acceptable minimum standard of living, in a way which acknowledges their mutual responsibilities?’ ‘socially acceptable minimum’ and ‘mutual responsibilities’ are naturally open to interpretation.

  2. Dear Sirs,
    We have a civic duty to pay legitimate taxes, which constitute from 10 to 12 percent. Additional amounts are only justified when the majority of the population, if not all, receives government sponsored health care, GS retirement plan, no questions asked unemployment, government sponsored day care, GS house payment, GS car payment, GS food stipend.., GS liquor allowance/stipend. Only the heart of Central Europe Germany/Switzerland/Holland offers these programs to it’s people via taxes. Remove all of these additional programs, then anything over that base 10 to 12 percent constitutes extortion….Which is a crime against the law of the land…Remember fellow Americans, that our constitution IS the law of the land!!!We should always resist the criminals….!

  3. Today’s system off taxation can not be compared to the old systems in the bible in my opinion. Today it seems everything is a tax. Federal taxes,state taxes, social security taxes(and only on the 1st 108k I believe it is which assures only the lowest incomes pay and the wealthiest skate while the fund is broke “supposedly”), local property taxes, sales taxes, licensing fees, registration fees,etc. Stop and think how long the list really is and what it adds up to. It is unbelievable the amount of money sucked out of the economy to pay for all these fees,taxes,permits, you name it. I see it in a small business. This is why everything cost so much and there seems to be no right price for anything anymore. Just about every system of government is broken in some way right down to the local level. Now add in all the interest payments on mortgages, college debt, etc. Add in all the insurance requirements. There is little left especially if the economy has a hiccup or two. The system is hopelessly corrupt! Man can not govern man; it is obvious to me. Sorry to sound so negative.

    • Talk about exaggeration.

      The system of taxation during the Roman Empire was far worse than the modern US version. Heavy draconian taxes are what kept Roman cities alive by starving the rural and provincial areas almost to death. The relationship between center and provinces in Hunger Games was not that much of an exaggeration of how the Roman Empire functioned.

      Virtually all empires functioned this way. Starving outer areas for the benefit of the government center. The last modern versions of this were what the British did in India during WWII, and Axis treatment of their conquests in Europe and Asia.

      Matthew’s role as a tax collector was a much more feared and despised position in Biblical times than it would be considered today. People became indentured, slaves, or literally died to pay their taxes back then.