What did Karl Marx believe about God? What does Communism believe about God? Following is a very short list of just some of the views on God of both Marx and his pupils!
Karl Marx & Freidrich Engles:
-“Communism begins where atheism begins.”
-“Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion and morality.”
-“Religion lies at our feet”
-“Religion is the opium of the people!”
Nikolai Bukharin, founding editor of Pravda, Joseph Stalin’s lieutenant:
-“A fight to the death must be declared upon religion.”
-“…take on religion at the tip of the bayonet.”
-“Religion and Communism are incompatible, both theoretically and practically…Communism
is incompatible with religious faith.”
-“Religion is the opium of the people! It is the task of the Communist Party to make this truth comprehensible to the widest possible circles of the laboring masses”*
Vladimir Lenin, first head of the Russian government (1917-1924):
-“Religion is the opium of the people”** “Religion is a sort of spiritual booze.”
-“Everyone must be absolutely free to….be an atheist, which every socialist is, as a rule.”
-“Complete separation of church and state is what the socialist proletariat demands of the modern state and the modern church.” “Religion must be declared a private affair.”
-“It is the absolute duty of Social-Democrats to make a public statement of their attitude towards religion. Social-Democracy bases its whole outlook on scientific socialism, i.e.Marxism. The philosophical basis for Marxism, as Marx and Engels repeatedly declared, is dialectical materialism—materialism which is absolutely atheistic and positively hostile to all religion… Religion is the opium of the people—this dictum by Marx is the cornerstone of the whole Marxist outlook on religion. Marxism has always regarded all modern religions and churches, and each and every religious organization, as instruments of bourgeois reaction that serve to defend exploitation and to befuddle the working-class…. Marxism is materialism. As such, it is relentlessly hostile to religion…We must combat religion---that is the ABC of all materialism, and consequently of Marxism. But Marxism is not materialism which has stopped at the ABC. Marxism goes further. It says: We must know how to combat religion, and in order to do so we much explain the source of faith and religion among the masses in a materialist way. The combating of religion cannot be confined to abstract ideological preaching, and it must not be reduced to such preaching. It must be linked up with the concrete practice of the class movement, which aims at eliminating the social roots of religion.”***
-“All worship of a divinity is a necrophilia” (an erotic attraction to corpses)****
-…any religious idea, any idea of any god at all, any flirtation with a god, is the most inexpressible foulness…the most shameful infection.”
-“There can be nothing more abominable than religion.”
-“As a teen, Lenin removed the cross that hung around his neck declaring: “I broke sharply with all questions of religion, I took off my cross and threw it in the rubbish bin.”****
-“Is there such a thing as Communist ethics? Is there such a thing as Communist morality? Of course, there is… In what sense do we reject ethics, reject morality? In the sense given to it by the bourgeoisie, who based ethics on God’s commandments. On this point, we, of course, say that we do not believe in God…We reject any morality based on extra-human and extra-class concepts.”
From where then does Communist morality originate? Lenin explains:
-“We say that morality is entirely subordinated to the interests of the proletariat’s class struggle. Our morality stems from the interests of the class struggle of the proletariat. Communist morality is that which serves this struggle and unites the working people against all exploitation, against all petty private property; for petty property puts into the hands of one person that which has been created by the labor of the whole of society… When people tell us about morality, we say: to a Communist all morality lies in this united discipline and conscious mass struggle against the exploiters. We do not believe in an eternal morality. Morality serves the purpose of helping human society rise to a higher level and rid itself of the exploitation of labor….”
FYI, the following is Lenin’s deathbed confession:
-“I committed a great error. My nightmare is to have the feeling that I’m lost in an ocean of blood from innumerable victims. It is too late to return. To save our country, Russia, we would have needed men like Francis of Assisi. With ten men like him, we would have saved Russia”*****
Tragically, such is the case for many atheists on their deathbeds!
Sixth World Congress, 1928:
-“One of the most important tasks of the cultural revolution affecting the wide masses is the task of systematically and unswervingly combating religion---the opium of the people.”**
Patrisse Cullors, Founder of Black Lives Matter
-“We are trained Marxists.”
The idea that a Christian can in any way connect with Marx or his philosophical offspring: Communism, Socialism, Fascism; or any organizations that support them…is certainly mind-boggling! So well did William Booth(1829-1912) prophesy of this day:
“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; ‘politics without God’******; heaven without hell”
-General William Booth, Salvation Army
*Paul Kengor, ‘The Devil and Karl Marx’, pg 107. Bukharin quotes Marx: “Religion is the opium of the people!” He is a faithful protégé.
** Lenin quotes Marx: “Religion is the opium of the people!” He too is a faithful protégé.
***ibid, pg 113
***** Richard Wumrbrand, ‘Marx and Satan’, pg 50
******Where does “politics without God lead? See part 5 of this series.
"Those who are quite satisfied sit still and do nothing; those who are not quite satisfied are the sole benefactors of the world."
-Walter Savage Landor