|Understanding Torah Society - part 8 - Summary of Public Goods
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 8:3
"And He humbled you, and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna, which you did not know not, neither did your fathers know; that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of YHWH does man live."
YHWH has given order and structure to His people, the people of Israel. He did not want them to be self-ruled, but rather, ruled by Him in all aspects of their lives. He did not want them to take advantage of one another, but rather, He wanted them to watch over each other and to take care of one another. It would mean that each person would have to overcome certain human characteristics, which asserted dominance in mankind when he stepped into rebellion against YHWH our Creator, namely, self.
The whole appeal to people with the concept of "public goods" consists of appealing to man's base nature, in that, he deserves certain things and that someone must give those things to him. Furthermore, when certain items are labeled as being "public," then it seems to soften the impact in a person's mind when those items are forcibly taken away from him and given to another. Call it what you want, but it is stealing, and it does not matter who does it, and regardless of how "altruistic" the motives seem on the surface, it is against Torah.
The whole idea of public goods, 1) order, 2) defense, 3) public health, 4) infrastructure, 5) education, and 6) social welfare, being doled out by some governmental benefactor is man's invention to control the masses. Its sole purpose is to enable the few to govern the many. This is the unseen truth about public goods-they are not for the good of the people, but for the control of the people and for the good of those who ration out that which they have taken from the people.
The society which YHWH wants His people to live in is not based upon such principles. His society is based upon justice, mercy, and faith, all of which are placed upon a foundation of His love and mutual respect for one another. The society which YHWH has given to His people operates upon a completely different foundation. That foundation is Mashiach Yeshua. It has always been so.
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