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TexasPiper 10 points ago +13 / -3

Lest we forget that Jesus called a tax collector to follow him and he become one of the Twelve…

Tcrussell [S] 23 points ago +25 / -2

Jesus called Matthew away from his profession, called him to repentance, and recomissioned his as a discipline never to greedily steal for the state ever again. Perhaps it's not possible to be redeemed and evil simultaneously. Then there is the notorious story of Zacchaeus who was required to return everything he had stolen in order to prove his repentance.

FlySciFiGuy 6 points ago +8 / -2

Zacchaeus was not required to do anything, Luke records that Jesus only told him that He wanted to dine with him. Zacchaeus gave half of his goods to the poor voluntarily and unprompted.

Good works can be an indication that one has been born again, but the only sign commanded to prove repentance is baptism.

Deplorable_Yankee 9 points ago +9 / -0

So what you are saying is that out of 87,000 armed iRS agents, one will be a good person?

TexasPiper -4 points ago +3 / -7

I’m annoyed that they are using the Bible to justify hatred of tax collectors.

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Sumarongi 5 points ago +5 / -0

Romans used a tax farming system. A tax collector was basically a private collection agency that kept a cut of the taxes as compensation.

They were hated for the same reason we hate the IRS; no one likes to pay taxes

Wolfebane84 6 points ago +6 / -0

Why does that annoy you?

Genuinely interested here.

DCdeplorable 3 points ago +4 / -1

Jesus also said render unto caesar, what is caesars.

I take this to mean, separate yourself from govt issued currency. Change my mind.

Sumarongi 2 points ago +2 / -0

Pretty much. The ‘Kingdom of God (or of heaven)’ as the spiritual concept central to Jesus’ teaching, is still misunderstood to this day