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The heart of Karl Marxs' message is Anti-Christian, and can be summed up with the statement: Marx believed man to be inherently perfect, with society at fault for mankinds' problems. Thus, create a perfect society (i.e.The Communist State) and the basic goodness of man would blossom forth, and a utopia would result.
This message is Anti-Christian in that the Bible tells us that man is inherently corrupt, having inherited a sin nature from Adam, which causes us to normally want to choose evil, and to naturally reject holiness.
Furthermore, the Bible is adamant in that man cannot perfect himself, his society, nor his world, as only God, through His Holiness, and the work of Jesus Christ, can accomplish that.
But this belief Marx had in mans' inherant perfection is still clung to by Marxists all over the world today, despite the fact that the failure of any Communist state to produce a perfect society clearly reveals that the problem is within man himself, (as the Bible says), and not in the mechanisms of his society. The evidence is overwhelming: evil originates with men, thus men are not perfect.
But there is a deeper Anti-Christian message in Marxs' teachings, for although Marx himself would balk at any religious notion, his teaching reveals a hidden belief that man is divine, or at least contains some element of divinity within himself. Marx wrote, “The criticism of religion ends with the teaching that man is the highest being for man…” He contended that man “looked for a superhuman being in the fantastic reality of heaven and found nothing there but the reflection of himself.” ( from Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right by Karl Marx) As Christians believe in a perfect and holy God, Marx believed that within man there was a perfect and holy being, only needing redirection in his dealings with other perfect and holy men, through societal changes, to realize his full potential, and achieve complete perfection.
This is actually the same teaching as that propagated by many cults and Hinduistic faiths in this world, that man is inherantly perfect, and can, either through Mormonism, meditation, or communism, become as Gods.
On a socialist level, Marxism has ever failed to produce a society which lived up to the expectations Marx had for such a state. Although is may be stated that no communist state has ever perfectly duplicated Marxist ideals, still, the main elements of Marxism have been incorporated into many socialist states over the past century, and all have failed on an economical and societal basis.
One reason for this is as follows:
(a) Marx believed that after the elimination of the middle class, (which is the only thing Marxist states ever truly accomplished), lower classes of poor working people would become educated enough to realize that a common ownership of industry would be the only means of societal equalization. (This is a paradox, however, as it implied a self-imposed education of poor working class people).
(b) That "socialist man" would develop through societal evolution.
(c) That socialism would begin to work when "socialist man" was reached.
(d) That this "socialist man" would be concerned with improving the economic and social stature of the working class which he was a part of.
But this is the most obvious form of circular reasoning, and also reveals a great misconception of human nature.
For one thing, expecting non-socialist societies to somehow naturally produce a "socialist man" is not a reasonable assumption. Secondly, to assume the natural advancement of man to work towards class consciousness rather that individual needs is unreasonable, as well.
Essentially, Marxism never worked because it demanded social evolution to produce "socialist man" who would then work to perfect the socialist state, but this never happens. Marx gave no real suggestion as to how this "socialist man" would be produced, and history, recorded in the evolution of many communist and socialist states over the past century, repeatably shows social evolution returning over and over again to totalitarianism, not social equality and consciousness.
On top of this, Marx's anti-religious attitudes allowed no acceptance of spiritual values to be a condition in creating his "socialist man", and, when left up to purely human conditioning, mankind has ever "evolved" to a state of self-concern, the opposite of what was needed for "socialist man" to be produced, or for a socialist state to work.
Marxs' ideals were to be regarded highly, of what man can achieve when he dismisses self-interest and considers only class equality. But, unfortunately for Marx, such idealism goes against the natural state of man, and Marx gave no mechanism (except natural evolution) whereby this change in man would take place.
Thus, Marxism, idealogically and realistically, is defeated.
If a Marxist state is to work, and "socialist man" be created, then the natural inclnation of the heart of man must first be changed to one which considers other above self. And unlike Marx and his followers, Christians have long realized that this is only accomplished through the work of God's Spirit upon regenerate mans' heart.