When/How/Why did Christianity become pro-Capitalist?
If anyone has any knowledge of this sort of (ancient?) history, it would be interesting to learn. It has never stopped confusing me of how the religion became in favor of capitalism after all the cautionary stories of characters who had great wealth and not much else. That, and then how Jesus lived. If anything it would seem more pro-communal...which is the same first five letters of Communism, which I also wasn't taught enough about in school.
Just why is communism anti-God? Why did Marx want to dethrone God? One would think his philosophy would support a life in Christ.
The argument that people with great wealth can be great Christians if they give their money to missions, organize companies that do (their) Christian activities is debatable.
For one, if they truly gave their all to missions, they wouldn't still be able to live in that extra-fine house of theirs. Second, it's given up to a subjective debate of what truly God would want the money to be used for. I've heard people talk gleefully about their money going to this or that organization across the sea and I fail to see a relation to how it is done in God's wishes, but they say...
Don't read more if you think I'm digressing already too much.
With a society emphasizing Christianity as in favor of Capitalism, then the obvious conclusion among the masses would be (and is to many) that rich people have God's favor, so they are doing things right, and poorer people do not have His favor and are wrong in life. It sets up a society where you must have some material to show off to others so they will acknowledge that you are in the Christian system and have God's favor. People see their neighbors have become Christians and they have a beautiful house, kids and car, so they too should follow and become accustomed to that religion, for they will economically progress as well. God is nothing more than economic progress? Which brings to mind another question about why missionaries believe a brick house is better than a thatched hut. No doubt it is more stable, but is it possible for all the people of the world to live in brick houses? Is it the goal to get as many as possible into brick houses? And why. Are they any benefits from the hut house? Which is easier on the land: brick or bamboo, which is what the people know? Does empowering these women with sewing skills do any good if the job they get after is sewing clothes for designer brands? Does giving new gym shoes to Haitians really do any good when they never had them in the past and suffered nothing from it, and they are hungry? What good does a "real" soccer ball do, when the kids always used old banana leaves and newspaper scraps just fine? Which looks worse on the land, a broken, deflated soccer ball, or paper and banana leaves?