Marxism is considered an abomination to Christians because its creator and subsequent followers consistently refute even the prospect of everlasting salvation. Frederick Engels employed an assessment of the similarities Christian and Marxist ideologies by spotlighting on the sources of both and how they parallel. Frederick Engels emphasized that both Christianity and Marxism originated from the desire to facilitate a movement to assist the oppressed in their dreams to acquire parity and fairness in political and social systems based on economic discrimination. Engels further conjectured that Christianity and Marxism share a universal purpose for oppressed in that the new ideology would result in not just economic equality, but salvation. Even though fundamentalist Christians resist even the mere contemplation of Marxism offering anything analogous to salvation, Engels clearly made the point that there are core similarities that exist between Christianity and Marxism.
It is only with the promise of salvation that people are typically persuaded to alter their belief system. The most important difference lies in that promise of salvation. Christianity offers the assurance of an everlasting salvation based on the transmigration of the soul whereas the salvation of Marxism rests upon the more prosaic idea of a better life on earth. Christianity extends to its zealots the idea of salvation that only takes place following the end of mortality, whereas Marxism undertakes the promise of salvation from the injustice of life. That’s all fine and well, but it is that denial of the potential for everlasting life that is the biggest obstacle in Marxist belief for Christians. This elementary hostility between the two ideologies is the locomotive that pushes the conflict between them down those even tracks. So imperative is this conflict that it takes precedence over the un-Christian focus of capitalist economics that puts profit far ahead of welfare and equality. Since Marxist theory focuses on lifting the oppressed and the downtrodden, why in the name of all that is decent do Christians prefer capitalist governments to socialist governments? The answer shifts back to Christianity’s integration with the capitalist ethos and the infallibility of management.
In capitalist economies the owner is supreme and this twisted perspective is so embedded into the hierarchy of churches that it prompts the inquiry whether the church is merely a mirror of capitalist ideology or whether capitalist ideology has risen to mirror the historical pomposity of the church. The Catholic Church is most palpably apparent in the assembly of that hierarchy and even has authorized the infallibility of its supreme leader, the Pope. Still, even Protestant churches have a capitalist bureaucratic frame of mind in which less significant positions are all answerable to the minister or pastor or reverend. No matter what denomination or the church size all decisions of import will derive from the head of the church. That is capitalist ideology at its best. Or worst. It is also typical Christian ideology.
Karl Marx left no room for doubt that was a stalwart believer that Christianity and all other religions were manufactured by humans and then manipulated to tyrannize the disenfranchised by keeping out a carrot of heavenly rewards in exchange for not upsetting the apple cart. It is this disparagement of the existence of a supreme spiritual being that makes so many Christians unlikely to ever embrace the better parts of Marxist ideology.
Karl Marx made the infamous suggestion that religion is a drug created to act as a narcotic for lulling believers into acceptance of their oppressed states while they holdout hope for emancipation from the wickedness of this world. When Karl Marx wrote that religion is a pacifier to ease the intolerable conditions that most people live under he was not just being critical of oppressive governments that care little for liberating its oppressed citizens, but also the very specific religious organizations that enthusiastically collaborate with those governments. Religion becomes a vaccination against the inequality of the world to those looking optimistically for a liberator. Religion is also a primeval component in shielding a complex system that allows far too many members of this planet’s inhabitants to face daily misery that covers the gamut from poverty and hunger to brutal and merciless suppression of free thought.
Christianity is concerned primarily with salvation in the hereafter through the reception of Jesus Christ as savior. As such, it is a religion that exists entirely within the hope that true belief in Christ will have the outcome of moving one closer to God than is possible on earth. And that is the source of the disconnect.
The sad and inescapable fact is that most so-called Christians don’t even come close to practicing what their savior preached. Take, for instance, the high and mighty Catholic Church itself supposedly founded by those who were actually in the presence of Jesus Christ, but then created a church with a sad history of hypocrisy, greed, and the corruption. Salvation in the afterlife is the foundation of Christianity and as such, certain failures in the earthly realm are easily set aside. By contrast, Marxism puts salvation in the here and now with the liberation of those forced to live under the thumb of evil rulers being the primary goal. Marxist denunciation of the existence of a Supreme Being or eternal salvation may irritate the devout, but what irritates them even more is when someone like me offers proof that it is Marxism and not Capitalism that aligns most strongly with the tenets of Jesus.