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Just to let you know I didnt ignore your last response, I am actually stumped at how to respond. Know this, you presented arguments that made me read further on and led me down a rabbit hole.

Lets just say, I think you might be right about this, but it forced me to call into question about what scripture really says about all of this. I am feeling a bit stressed because my world view feels incomplete right now. What you say makes sense and so far I am having trouble finding a parallel to the Robin Hood story. I am looking at several passages and asking important questions:

  1. What are the general themes behind the Master-Servant relationship?
  2. Specifically Luke mentions that servants should obey their masters even if they are cruel. This bothers me and I want to know more. Why if we must love our neighbors, also be cruel to them if ordered to do so by our master?
  3. When do we cross the line from a master to a servant and vice versa?
  4. Can we serve a master as a servant even if the master is not a good man, and still serve God in our works? If servants are extensions of a masters will then what will do we have to serve God?
  5. If the state can draft us, command us, remove us from our posessions, collect its taxes, then is the State everybodies master?
  6. If the state can confiscate our property for not paying taxes, then do we really own the wealth in the first place?
  7. Jesus said to render to ceasar what is ceasars, but render to God what is His. Is he making a statement about paying your taxes and your tithes or does this mean something deeper? Is he making a broad statement that not only does earthly wealth not matter, but that it basically all belongs to the State/King anyway?

You might be thinking, what does this all have to do with Robin Hood? Well everything about the morality of a state that confiscates wealth and redistributes it in a helpful way. I don’t expect you to answer these questions, these are questions I must pray over and read on.

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