“Render unto caesar the things which are caesar’s”

Whatever Jesus said was for us to learn and live by, so, what did He mean when He spoke the above words to the Pharisees’ disciples?   (Matthew 22:21 & Mark 12:17)
Did He mean that we should always pay our taxes or whatever fees governments impose upon us, as many suppose?
To better understand the expression, let’s ascertain the reason for the statement in the first place.
The disciples of the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus into admitting that Caesar was supreme.   Remember, in those times, the Caesars considered themselves to be gods and assumed everything belonged to them.

The question was actually not to do with taxation but to do with allegiance.

They asked, “Is it lawful to give tribute (tax) unto Caesar, or not?”
If Jesus had said, “Yes”, then it would have meant that He was also subject to Caesar as a vassal and certainly not the Son of God.
If He’d said, “No”, they would have declared Jesus to be against Caesar and, therefore, an enemy of the State and subject to death.
Seeing through their deceptive query, Jesus simply pointed out that Caesar could have what he claimed was his, but not those things which belonged to God.

And what belongs to God?
Why, everything!
No wonder the Pharisee disciples “marvelled” at His response – He had utterly destroyed their question.

OTHER TRIBUTE
Nevertheless, to compare the original question with modern-day taxation, we need to refer to Matthew 17:24 to 27.
This involved another question by a tribute (tax) collector who was stationed at the gates of Capernaum, who asked Peter, “Does not your Master (Jesus) pay tribute?” for, in order to enter the city, the tribute was to be paid.
Peter, therefore, was about to pay this tax when Jesus prevented him and said, “What do you think, Simon (Peter), do the kings take tribute from their own children or from strangers?”

Again, we need to ascertain the reason for the question in the first place.
Bear in mind, Caesar was not only emperor, but a self-styled god to whom all paid tribute in return for their well-being (a bit like ‘protection’ money).    All, that is, except Caesar’s children, i.e. his sons.

Jesus asked Simon Peter His question because He wanted Simon to think!
If Caesar was king (emperor) and his children did not pay tax, how did that compare to God Almighty, King of all, and His children (followers)?

Simon Peter correctly answered Jesus by saying it was only the ‘strangers’ (i.e. those not of the royal household) who paid.
Jesus replied, “Then the children are free.”
What children?
The clear reference, of course, is that the King’s children (i.e. Christians) do not have to pay tribute (tax).
Nevertheless, rather than offend the tax collector and others who may have been present, Jesus agreed that a tribute should be paid.

Jesus did not pay tax! (Luke 23:2)    Despite the reason stated above, He did not pay tax because He asked nothing of Caesar (the government).    For us to follow Him, we should not accept Social Welfare or any other government ‘handout’, for these all come at the cost of tribute (Tax).

THE 8TH COMMANDMENT
Stealing is not only an infringement against the Commandments but is a Common Law crime.

Taxes are totally unnecessary.
The prime purpose of taxation is for pagan establishments to gain CONTROL over its constituents.
“Progressive and increasing taxation” is one of the main planks of the “Communist Manifesto”, published by Karl Marx, in the 19th century.
Government steals the wealth and possessions of its sovereign people for the sole purpose of CONTROL.
Nothing has changed since Caesar’s day!

WHERE DO WE STAND, TODAY?
From the above, it can only be determined that the decision to pay tax is optional.
If one considers themself to be a child of God – the Supreme King – (i.e. a Christian), then an exemption applies, just as it did with Caesar’s children.
Needless to say, however, this does not go down too well with the hypocritical and demonstrably pagan rulers that now abound.

Today, we live in a revitalized Roman Empire.
The rapidly forming so-called New World Order will usher in the same, or worse, sort of situation that existed in Caesar’s day.

Once that Satanic system is fully instituted, some very testing decisions will be required of everyone who professes to be a true Christian.
What we successfully do today enables us to better perform tomorrow.
By rejecting Caesar’s demands for taxation, we strengthen our resolve for more difficult decisions later on, especially those relating to “the mark” which the demonic rulers intend to apply in the foreseeable future.

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