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NullifyAndSecede 5 points ago +5 / -0

in order to trip Him up,

This is a key bit of the "Render unto Caesar" story that most people miss. Jesus responded in a way that led the Pharisees to believe he answered in the legal way when indeed his answer was one that could be interpreted secularly OR biblically. If they were trying to trip him up but he believed in taxation he could have just said "yes"

Psalm 24 says

The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

If you still believe that justification for taxation, it should be clear that the taxation of goods and services that the government did not create is not moral. Yet if you live your life free from Caesar's currency (say with Bitcoin or Gold) Caesar will still demand his tribute in dollars.

Regarding war, sure some wars are justifiable, including our war for independence from Britain, but aggressive war as we so often fight to day very much is murder.

Now I do think you can make a biblical case that paying taxes is what Jesus would do (Resist not evil) but not that taxation itself is a moral act.

tl;dr it's not necessarily a sin to pay taxes, but i think it very much is a sin to collect them or advocate for them.

OnlyCaleb -3 points ago +2 / -5

Yes the ones collecting taxes are often committing sin especially depending on the amount and the degree of extortion. That's why it made a note to say that Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners. The people paying the taxes were not committing a sin by doing so, but often those collecting taxes are sinning.

If a government takes my taxes and spends it on funding government sponsored pornography (strange scenario, but I wouldn't put it past places like Sweden) the government is acting very sinful, but the citizen is not being sinful by lawfully paying the tax. The government is morally wrong for using the taxes for immorality, but the citizen would be morally wrong for not paying the taxes assuming it's not labelled as a "pay for pornography" tax. If it were a "pay for pornography" tax, then I'm pretty sure the citizen should not pay it, but if it's just a general tax, the citizen pays it and at that point any immorality or corruption that the government would do at that point is on their heads, not the citizens.

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cantsigninanymore 4 points ago +4 / -0

Judging by his cucked answers he would pay up.