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Did Jesus Pay Taxes ?

Did Jesus Pay Taxes

Yes, Jesus did address the issue of paying taxes. Two significant instances from the Bible highlight this:

  1. Paying Taxes to Caesar: In Matthew 22:15-22, the Pharisees attempted to entrap Jesus with a question about the legality of paying taxes to Caesar. Jesus’ response was wise and insightful. He asked for a coin used for the tax and inquired, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” When they answered, “Caesar’s,” Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”. This demonstrates Jesus’ acknowledgment of the obligation to pay taxes to the governing authorities.
  2. The Temple Tax: In Matthew 17:24-27, when asked if Jesus pays the two-drachma tax, He discusses with Peter the principle of freedom belonging to God’s children. Yet, to avoid giving offense, Jesus instructs Peter to catch a fish, in which he would find a coin to pay the tax for both of them. This instance shows Jesus’ consideration for societal norms and regulations, choosing to pay the tax to prevent causing offense.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Obligation to Society: Jesus’ actions and teachings suggest a recognition of the followers’ obligations to adhere to societal laws and regulations, including paying taxes. It teaches Christians to fulfill their civic duties.
  2. Distinction Between Secular and Divine: Jesus’ statement, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” emphasizes the distinction between secular obligations and spiritual devotion. It suggests a balanced approach to civic engagement and religious commitment.
  3. Principle of Non-offense: By choosing to pay the temple tax, Jesus demonstrates the principle of not causing unnecessary offense, especially in matters that do not compromise one’s faith. This principle guides believers to consider their actions within society carefully, aiming for peace and respect towards others.


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