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But before we begin our study of Communalism, WHICH IS A FORM OF COMMUNISM, we must differentiate between the materialistic, atheistic communism of Karl Marx -- which has been forced on entire populations by totalitarian regimes in China and Russia -- and the VOLUNTARY SPIRITUAL COMMUNISM of YAHSHUA and the Essenes. The modern, violent, dictatorial communism of China and Russia, is so terrible that the very word communism sends shivers of fear right up the spine! But, in fact, the word itself is a very good word: it is defined in the dictionary as: "a social organization in which goods are held in common."
But before we begin our study of Communalism, WHICH IS A FORM OF COMMUNISM, we must differentiate between the materialistic, atheistic communism of Karl Marx -- which has been forced on entire populations by totalitarian regimes in China and Russia -- and the VOLUNTARY SPIRITUAL COMMUNISM of YAHSHUA and the Essenes. The modern, violent, dictatorial communism of China and Russia, is so terrible that the very word communism sends shivers of fear right up the spine! But, in fact, the word itself is a very good word: it is defined in the dictionary as: "a social organization in which goods are held in common."

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 by Rev. Brother Nazariah, D.D.In this article we will examine the ancient Essene practice of communal living. We will learn that therewere various Essene communal settlements, ranging from those that practiced ABSOLUTECOMMUNISM such as the Qumran monastery at the Dead Sea, to those that practiced a less strictform of semi-communalism such as the Nazarene Essene Cooperative Village near Mount Carmel. Wewill answer such questions as: What was the purpose of Essene communalism? How did they organizeand govern themselves? How did they feed themselves? How were their members employed? Whattype of health care did they practice? How were the elderly and small children treated in thesecommunes? We will learn that the ancient Essene practice of communal living was a core tenet of  primitive Christianity, having been adhered to by YAHSHUA and his immediate disciples as theyroamed Israel, as well as Christianity as a whole for the first century. BUT THIS ARTICLE IS NOTONLY CONCERNED WITH THE PAST: we will end this article with A CALL TO CREATE A NETWORK OF MODERN ESSENE COOPERATIVE COMMUNITIES. And I, Brother Nazariah,will announce my own plan to start one such community: ESSENE GARDEN OF PEACE.But before we begin our study of Essene Communalism, WHICH IS A FORM OF COMMUNISM, wemust differentiate between the materialistic, atheistic communism of Karl Marx -- which has beenforced on entire populations by totalitarian regimes in China and Russia -- and the VOLUNTARYSPIRITUAL COMMUNISM of YAHSHUA and the Essenes. The modern, violent, dictatorialcommunism of China and Russia, is so terrible that the very word communism sends shivers of fear right up the spine! But, in fact, the word itself is a very good word: it is defined in the dictionary as: "asocial organization in which goods are held in common."The word communism is related to the words community and commune and is based on the concept of sharing The word communism -- and examples of living communally -- predates the modern,materialistic form of communism preached by Marx and Mao and practiced by Russia and China. Aswe will see in subsequent paragraphs, JESUS AND THE ESSENES WERE CERTAINLYCOMMUNISTS BUT ABSOLUTELY WERE NOT MARXISTS. The differences between thecommunism of Essene YAHSHUA and modern Marxists are very major; here are several:Essene Communism is VOLUNTARY. The Essenes operated communal villages in which people couldcome live WHEN THEY CHOSE TO DO SO. Nobody was ever forced to go live in an Essenecommune. And no resident of an Essene commune was ever forced to stay there; if you didn't like it,you left. BUT IN MARXIST COMMUNISM ENTIRE COUNTRIES WERE FORCED TO ACCEPTCOMMUNISM AT THE POINT OF A GUN! There is no freedom of choice with Marxism: you acceptit or take a bullet in the head.Essene communism is centered on SPIRITUALITY whereas Marxism is aggressively atheistic. For theEssenes and YAHSHUA, living lives of RADICAL SHARING and COMPASSIONATE CARING incooperative communes (i.e. communism) was a natural RESPONSE TO THEIR RELIGIOUS
 
BELIEFS. It was, in fact, the very MANIFESTATION OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. But Marx,quite conversely, called religion "the opiate of the masses and insisted on rigid atheism. Thousands of religious people were murdered by atheistic Marxist regimes, and the free practice of religion wasoutlawed.The Essene Communists -- including YAHSHUA -- preached the POWER OF PACIFISM. YAHSHUAsaid, "If a man strikes you on the cheek do not strike him back rather turn to him the other cheek." Healso said, "Love your enemies, do good to them who persecute you." None of the residents of anEssene commune were permitted to own or even touch a weapon. Quite conversely, the ChineseMarxist Communist, Mao Tse-tung, said: "power grows out of the barrel of a gun".Perhaps the most illuminating differentiation between Essene Communism and Marxist Communism istheir respective viewpoints on the concept of ENDS AND MEANS. The Russian Marxist, Vladimir Lenin, declared: "The end justifies the means." By that he meant that in order to arrive at a good "end"or "destination" -- in this case a utopian communist society -- it is okay to use bad means to get there:killing, cheating, brainwashing, torture, etc. On the other hand, the Essene communism "'as based onthe idea that ENDS AND MEANS ARE INTIMATELY RELATED. In other words, THE MEANSARE THE END IN THE MAKING. For the Essenes, the relationship between a desired "end" (whereyou want to arrive at) and the "means" (how you intend to get there) is like the relationship between atree and a seed: if your desired end is an APPLE TREE you must use the means of an APPLE SEED. If you plant Poison Ivy seed you will not end up with a harvest of apples! If your desired end is acompassionate, nonviolent, loving society, the Essenes advise you to use compassionate, non-violent,loving means to get there; for, THE MEANS ARE THE END IN THE MAKING. And that was theidea behind Essene Communes they were living cells of nonviolent social transformation, small-scaleexamples of what the Essenes believed the world should be. Marxist communists will lie, kill, enslaveand cheat in their effort to create a "good" world. Conversely, to bring about a good world, EsseneCommunists will themselves BE GOOD. Essene communes are showcases of good living, seeds of good.Of all the Marxist Communist concepts, there is only one with which the Essene Communists are infull agreement. "From each as he is able, to each as he has need"Having differentiated Essene communism from Marxist communism, we may now begin our study of the Essene practice of communal living. While it is true that there were many different Essene modelsfor communal living -- ranging from the ABSOLUTE COMMUNISM of the Qumran monastery at theDead Sea to the less strict semi-communalism of the Nazarene Essene Cooperative Village near MountCarmel -- it is a fact that we have far more information on the Qumran community than all the otherscombined. The reason for that is obvious: Archaeologists have discovered amongst the Dead SeaScrolls the actual "Community Rule" or "Manual of Discipline" of the Qumran community. We are notwithout some important information on other Essene communities and will certainly share thatinformation in this article; but the fact that we have so much more information on the Qumrancommunity will necessitate a more lengthy discussion of that community.First, let me put you at ease. If you, the reader of this article, are interested in studying and practicingthe Essene teachings BUT HAVE NO DESIRE TO EVER LIVE IN AN ESSENE COMMUNE ...

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