Communism is atheistic.
- Acts 2 is theistic – the Trinitarian God of the Bible.
Communism shows devotion to Marx (or self)
- In Acts 2, devotion is specifically to: (see v. 42)
- The Apostles Teaching
- Breaking of Bread – fellowship and remembering Christ
In communism, men are together by state dictate, i.e., by force.
- In Acts 2, men were together by personal choice as part of a unified body (1 Cor. 12) out of love for Jesus Christ and for one another.
- In worship at the temple (see v. 46)
- In real fellowship – eating together (v. 46)
- with gladness (v. 46)
- with sincere hearts (v. 46)
In communism, the state holds everything and dictates what is common, how much, how often, etc.
- In Acts 2, all things were in common out of brotherly love as personal giving and receiving was the norm (vv. 44-45).
See also 2 Cor. 8:13-15. Here, the context of giving and sharing was (v. 2 of 2 Cor. 8) overflowing joy and also sever trial and extreme poverty. Also their giving and sharing was not fiat. Note Paul’s care not to “lord it over” the Corinthians.
- “I am NOT commanding you. . .” (v. 8)
- “. . . here is my advice . . .” (v. 10)
- “For if the willingness is there. . .” (v. 12)