All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.Or, as it is written in my grandmother's childhood Bible that she was given in mid 1930:
And all that believed were together, and had all things in common. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness or heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.Either way, the message is clear: sell what you've got so that you can give the money to others in greater need than yourself. Do that and you will have the goodwill/favor of the people and your numbers will grow.
Sounds like something a liberal would say. Not just a liberal but a hardcore leftist commie. ("To each according to his need"? You get the impression Marx was thinking of this chapter and verse. If Marx had in fact originated the phrase rather than merely popularizing it.)
Which is what brought it up in my mind today. On Twitter they've got this hashtag: #thingsyoumighthearaliberalsay. And, if you're thinking of things you might hear one say, Bible quotes come to mind fast. In another culture it would probably be quotes from a different holy book, but here it's Bible quotes.
Of course when I tried to contribute to the conversation I wrote the wrong numbers. I called verse 44 verse 45 and verse 45 verse 46. That probably invalidates my contribution.