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We might shake our heads at such blatant hypocrisy, but the truth is most people fail to live up to their own Words. One prime example of this might be Karl Marx who wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848. Marx’ had --- and still has --- millions of followers. His Philosophy has shaped (and some would say, ruined) many Nations for a hundred years. Marxists consider Karl Marx a champion of the under classes.

But even his staunchest defenders admit that Marx did not live what he preached. He wrote “From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.” But he must have seen himself in the “needy” category because he never held a steady job. Instead he lived off the inheritance of his aristocratic wife and his wealthy friend, Friedrich Engels.

He preached revolution for the downtrodden masses --- but did not form friendships outside his own class. In his personal life, Marx formed few close ties. In fact, when he died, only 11 people came to his funeral. (http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=12622; Publishers Weekly, VII 2002)

Karl Marx and Jesus Christ had several things in common. Both were considered Revolutionaries. Both championed the Poor, the Outcasts and the Downtrodden. But the similarity ends there. People might follow the TEACHINGS of Marx, but they can’t follow the EXAMPLE of his life. On the other hand, Jesus lived the simple, generous, pure life he advocated. He surrounded himself with the common folks that he championed. Jesus reached out to the Poor. He touched and healed the Outcasts. He lifted up the Downtrodden. Jesus truly LIVED what he taught.

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