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http://LiberalsLikeChrist.Org/JesusChristvsAynRand.html

 

Two Jewish teachers with opposite messages :
Jesus Christ

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whose Gospel was all about
persuading the "haves"
to share with "the have nots".

          Ayn Rand                    

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one of whose main goals in life was
to replace Jesus' Gospel of charity
with her "Gospel of Selfishness"

The impact of the teaching of Ayn Rand on the Republican Party has become so great in recent years that I have created the following three pages to deal with the very important issues raised by this phenomenon:

Overview

As a devout follower of Jesus Christ for 70 + years and a clergyman for nearly a half-century, I believe it is incumbent on America's Christian clergy and other "people of faith" to wake up to the fact that much of what has been passing for "Christian conservatism" in recent years is totally incompatible with the actual teaching and example of Jesus Christ, as will be made clear below.   For the last generation or two of America's so-called "Christian conservatives" have been ranting and raving about the supposed godlessness of America's liberals, they were being co-opted into supporting a party whose most influential prophet is not Jesus Christ, but Ayn Rand, who despised both Karl Marx and Jesus of Nazareth with equal passion and who made it her life's work to undo what Jesus had set forth as his central mission. "Christian conservatives" have been using guilt by association for decades to suggest that "liberal Christians" are godless Marxists.Where is the evidence to support that charge? At LiberalslikeChrist/Democrat.html, I present ample evidence to show that ever since the 1930's, the administrations of the Democratic Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton have promoted and enacted policies that seemed to be inspired by some of the best teaching of both the Jewish bible and of Jesus of Nazareth.
       . Meanwhile, the prophet who was having the most influence on the conservative Republican Party since her emergence as "the prophet of selfishness" in the 1950's was Ayn Rand.
        Some parts of this page came from a very good article that is no longer on the www. I believe that I have enhanced it considerably through further research and editing, but since the original article was informative and well-written, I have retained parts of it (the purple text) on this web page. A Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand , is also very informative. The purpose of this page is not to lay out all of Rand's views, but simply to show where so many of today's leading Republicans have gotten the Conservative philosophy they promote (i.e. the atheistic selfishness of Ayn Rand), as opposed to where most leading Democrats have gotten the Liberal philosophy they promote (i.e. the generosity, altruism and liberalism of Jesus of Nazareth).

"You might wonder why Ayn Rand is the topic of a Christian web site? With the rise of religious political conservatism in the United States, the individualistic theories of this icon have become favorable to many calling themselves Christians.
        While one can debate the merits of Ayn Rand's ideology all that they want, clearly her self-centered ideas are contrary to everything Jesus Christ and his followers have stood for over the centuries. It is safe to say that the majority of Republican conservatives in the United States would also call themselves Christians, many devoutly so. If this were the case, how in the world can they live by the principles of a philosopher who scoffed at the very concept of god?"

Ayn Rand's Problems with Religion:

"The concept of God is degrading to a man"

"Ayn Rand was a devout atheist who held the very idea of god in contempt. She saw all forms of god as something that people invented as a way to grasp things that they didn't understand. She strongly disagreed with various teachings of Jesus Christ and other early Christians. For the life of her, Rand could not understand why (i.e. did not agree with Jesus' teaching that) 'The love of money is the root of all evil?' "

"The Virtue of Selfishness"

"Ms. Rand taught that selfishness was not a character flaw, but a virtue! She advanced the idea that human beings are naturally driven to be selfish. One's desire to have riches leads us to strive harder and possibly invent a great product or start a large corporation, which in turn would benefit everyone else. She once said that "Charity is "not" a virtue." Ayn Rand believed that man's only obligation is to himself and that being driven by greed was indeed quite virtuous."

or as Rand herself put it:

"I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for me. . ."
       "I have come here to say that I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life, it had to be said. the world is perishing from an orgy of self sacrifice."

    In the view of John Kenneth Galbraith,
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral
philosophy, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

Ayn Rand, the "anti-Christ"?

I suspect that the only reason that Ayn Rand didn't embrace the moniker of "Anti-Christ", is that this option never occurred to her.
        To see how diametrically opposed to the teaching of Jesus Libertarian atheist Ayn Rand's "Gospel of Selfishness" is, go to my JesusvsRiches.html and/or challenge.html pages.
        And, to see how diametrically opposed to the teaching of the rest of the bible Rand's teaching is, go to my Godvsgreed.html" and to Christvscapitalism.html, (which is really an outstanding web page produced by "Antipas Ministries", who are much more conservative than we are on most other issues).

        It is truly amazing how an admirer of Ayn Rand like Glenn Beck – who was a professed atheist for a time (like Rand) and now professes to be a Mormon – has the audacity to urge Christians to leave any church that teaches "social or economic justice" .
        Far from sharing the love of the poor which Jesus promoted, the more conservative and Republican states become, the more they are rejecting the "Good News for the Poor" which Jesus promoted, and embracing Ayn Rand's "gospel of selfishness" instead, as Mike Papantonio laid out so well on his May 3rd, 2013 "Ring of Fire" show:

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There are many today who think that "Christianity" is by its very nature conservative. Those of us who are old enough to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King know that hasn't always been the case. None of us, however, are old enough to remember the beginning of the 20th century, when the newly created Federal Council of Churches (which has since been expanded into the National Council of Churches) was so liberal that it promulgated and promoted the Social Creed below:

The Federal Council of Churches
1909 "Social Creed"

        We deem it the duty of all Christian people to concern themselves directly with certain practical industrial (societal) problems.
To us it seems that the churches must stand
  • For equal rights and complete justice for all men in all stations of life.
  • For the right of all men to the opportunity for self-maintenance, a right ever to be wisely and strongly safeguarded against encroachments of every kind.
  • For the right of workers to some protection against the hardships often resulting from the swift crises of industrial change.
  • For the principle of conciliation and arbitration in industrial dissensions.
  • For the protection of the worker from dangerous machinery, occupational disease, injuries and mortality.
  • For the abolition of child labor.
  • For such regulation of the conditions of toil for women as shall safeguard the physical and moral health of the community.
  • For the suppression of the "sweating system."
  • For the gradual and reasonable reduction of the hours of labor to the lowest practicable point, and for that degree of leisure for all which is a condition of the highest human life.
  • For a release from employment one day in seven.
  • For a living wage as a minimum in every industry, and for the highest wage that each industry can afford.
  • For the most equitable division of the products of industry that can ultimately be devised.
  • For suitable provision for the old age of the workers and for those incapacitated by injury.
  • For the abatement of poverty.

        To the toilers of America and to those who by organized effort are seeking to lift the crushing burdens of the poor, and to reduce the hardships and uphold the dignity of labor, this Council sends the greeting of human brotherhood and the pledge of sympathy and of help in a cause which belongs to all who follow Christ.

The conservatives of the early 20th century didn't have the song,
but they had the spirit of this Youtube song CONSERVATIVES UNITED
, which expresses amazingly well the sentiments of today's conservatives.

The following are great videos in which Ayn Rand makes it
clear that she wants to be the mortal enemy of Jesus Christ:


See also :
http://forward.com/news/138470/is-ayn-rand-s-atheism-an-inconvenient-truth/

So much of what we now take for granted would never had happened if an Ayn Rand had been around to lead the opposition to the "Social Gospel" and "the New Deal".
        When faced with the choice between the Gospel of UN-selfishness promoted by Jesus Christ on the one hand, and the Gospel of selfishness promoted by the atheist Ayn Rand on the other, how can anyone fail to recognize which choice has been made by Rand Paul, Glenn Beck, most of the leaders of the "Tea Party" and so many other leading Republicans and conservatives of our day, despite their attempts to persuade the public that they are "Christians"? What else would you expect of politicians, when they know that the vast majority of voters identify themselves as Christians?

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