QUESTION: Did Marx get his idea, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”  from Acts 4:32-37?


ANSWER: If Marx did, then he twisted the idea. The giving in Acts (and the rest of the Bible, for that matter), is voluntary, not enforced by a government. The Bible promotes generousity (see the Old Testament and the Vulnerable), but forcing someone else to give is theft.


William P. Griffin, Ph.D.