Matt 22: 15-22 – Paying Taxes to Caesar
Of all the times I’ve read this passage, never thought of it like this before. As shared by Ravi Zacharias and the story goes like this:
A group of people comes up to Jesus, and asked him, “is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?”
Jesus asked for a coin, then asked them, “Whose image on the coin?””Caesar’s”
“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Then they went away.
But had they been sincere seekers of truth, they should have asked, “Well, then what is God’s?”
And Jesus would probably reply with a question of his own…
“Whose image is on you?”
When I heard that, I had to stop the video and really just pause.
Whose image do I bear?
From a pure logical point of view, as a Christian, we bear the image of God, and by choosing God and be completely satisfied in Him, we also met the ‘worldly’ standard of ‘happiness’: satisfaction.
On the other hand, if i was a evolutionist, we bear the image of monkeys, and by choosing a Godless life, we might satisfy the worldly standard of happiness… but never the God’s standard of Holiness.
It’s a minimalist representation of why it is logical to be of Christ:
If there is no God, the Godly has satisfaction in this life, and nothing beyond. The Godless MIGHT have satisfaction in this life, and nothing beyond.
If there is a God, the Godly has satisfaction in this life, and is eternally in His presence. The Godless MIGHT have satisfaction in this life, and screwed for eternity.
This is by no means a good way to convince people of “why God”, but it is a minimalist approach to the philosophy.
But in essence.
Whose image do you bear? and what are you going to do with it?