Render Unto Caesar (What did Jesus mean?)

By John Litteral

As I discussed in a recent article called Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-18, those passages in Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 are not consistent with the teachings of Jesus. Some may use the argument that it is based upon a scene found in the Gospels (Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26)…

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” 21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way. (Matt. 22:15-22)

This passage is sometimes used by statists to demonstrate that Jesus was in harmony with the passages mentioned above in Romans and 1 Peter. But this is not the case at all. This passage in the Gospels that recorded Jesus as saying “render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” was first of all an attempt to put Jesus in a situation where he would have been attacked by the authorities for teaching to not paying taxes to Caesar, or he would have been attacked by the crowds who were oppressed by the authorities and hated Caesar. But Jesus brilliantly asked for a coin with Caesar’s image on it, and asked them whose image it was, and they said it was Caesar, therefore making the case that the coin, even though it belonged to whoever earned it, it still ultimately belonged to Caesar because that was the currency of the monetary system under Caesar’s control.

When we use a currency created by a monetary system, it does not matter if we worked for it, because it ultimately belongs to those who created it, it just happens to be the form of payment that we have agreed to receive as recompense for our services or trade. It is also illegal to destroy that money because it is still considered government property. So basically, Jesus is teaching that if we use a currency, then we are responsible to follow the rules of whoever created that currency, because we have agreed to use that for exchange of goods. Obviously the “powers that be” have created a control system that makes it much less convenient to operate outside of their monetary system, but ultimately the decision is still up to us to use it. No doubt that this is why Jesus often taught the dangers of money.

It goes well beyond the individual’s temptation of greed and the worship of money, because it is being used to control the populations through usury, which is Satanic. Illuminati banking cartels control the world through their monetary system, and they have accumulated most of the wealth of the world by lending their currency and creating a world full of debt slaves. As Proverbs 22:7 says, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave of the lender.”  Jesus was not promoting paying taxes but gave us insight about the strings that are attached to using government currency. You may have worked for it or accumulated it on your own, but that currency is still the property of those who create it, especially fiat currency. Almost every teaching that is recorded of Jesus concerning money is almost always done as a warning of the dangers of it, that being personal greed and the slavery it causes.


One thought on “Render Unto Caesar (What did Jesus mean?)

  1. Reblogged this on SHIFT-HAPPENS and commented:
    Not making this blog over religious, but this is a true deep, spiritual teaching of wisdom, found in the Bible, still a great resources for those that can read between the lines, and have a deep discernment ability! Enjoy!


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