Does the Bible Advocate Taxes?
Give to Caesar; Give to God
by Jason Hommel
“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
Many of my readers have asked me to explain what Jesus said in this verse. They want to know if Jesus meant to say to pay taxes or not.
In order to explain this verse, I need to quote several other parts of the Bible, first.
The first Biblical Principle to understand is that Jesus spoke in parables, on purpose, to hide understanding.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
This means that for every parable, there are at least two meanings. There is the misleading meaning for the foolish world (the popular interpretation), and then there is the true meaning that would be understood only by true believers.
Thus, if there are two meanings, at least, both seemingly valid on the surface, then, in order to know which is which, we need to see what God has already said on this matter. Furthermore, it gets even harder, because some verses might be used by false Biblical teachers (false prophets) to justify the wrong view! Thus, discernment is needed. And what is discernment? I had one Christian man email me recently to say that discernment is not even a word!
1 : the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure