Jesus and anarchist spirituality

By Jim Palmer

Did you ever hear in church that Jesus was an anarchist?

Probably not.

Many of my friends who are anarchists are Atheist. It makes sense. At its root, anarchy is the absence of a ruler – that would include a ruler on earth or in the heavens.

Here are a few anarchist quotes about this:

“As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.” –Mikhail A. Bakunin

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, the soul of a soulless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness.” -Karl Marx

“Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government.” -Emma Goldman

Jesus did not advocate the God of religion

Contrary to popular belief, Jesus did not teach or advocate the view of a sky God who is located somewhere beyond the clouds and who is guiding and controlling the affairs of humankind according to some divine plan. Jesus called this “God” a lie. Instead, Jesus taught that “God” is a spirit, dimension, and authority that is naturally within every individual person, and does not need religion to regulate it. The primary message of Jesus was calling people to switch sources – to turn away from those false beliefs and ideologies in our heads, and to turn toward what is real in our deep feelings and what we know is true in our gut. In other words, to turn to that natural authority within ourselves – to speak, act and live from that higher spiritual presence with us. We all did this quite naturally as children until we were inoculated with the poison, dispensed by societal institutions such as education, religion, government, media and society.


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  1. I am not sure that is so. The Old Testament has 1 Samuel 8 where God explains to the Jews how the king they choose will lord over them and tax them heavily. God obliges, like a true anarchist, letting people choose their crappy ideas, knowing they will come to regret it.

    The atheists see themselves as anarchist, and religion as the problem, but the truth is that God himself endorses anarchism (Revelation talks about the undoing of a big “ten kingdoms” one-world government). Meanwhile most of the atheists I know are big time statists.

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