Many believe in the virtue of taxation. Inexplicably they often justify this insanity by pointing to St. Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus opines about taxation giving it his blessing by saying, “ . . . Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s . . .” To those I offer this powerful refute from the Christ himself. It is recorded in the little-known Gnostic text called “Acts of Peter” (Vercelli translation) where Jesus appears to Peter in Rome and clearly articulates what he truly meant.
His friends having entreated the Apostle to save his life by leaving the city, Peter at last consented, but on condition that he should go away alone. But when he wished to pass the gate of the city, he saw on the Appian road a vision of the Christ there to meet him. Falling down in adoration Peter asked of Him “Lord, quo vadis,” (which means, ‘Whither goest thou?’ ). And Christ replied to him “I am coming to Rome to be again crucified.”
This vexed Peter greatly, and thus spake Peter again, “Lord, wilt Thou again be crucified?” And the Lord put forth his hand and He shew Peter the hole through which the nail had bound him to the cross. “Look upon this and learn,” sayeth the Christ whereupon he smacketh Peter upside the head.
“Hello . . . Estate taxes! That’s how a man is crucified twice! Duh!”
And with these words the Lord ascended into Heaven. And Peter, afterwards corning to himself, understood that it was of his own passion that it had been spoken, and that in a world ruled by bureaucrats, even God would suffer death and taxes.