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The following is how the followers of Christ interacted with the government. And how the government interacted Christ followers. This is important, both must interact nicely for a Theocracy.

Should a good Christian always obey the state? If so Christ should have immediately answered and cooperated with authorities in his times, and there are other accounts of followers standing up to the government.

The following quotes have been attributed to always obeying the state

Matthew 22
15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

First this does indicate a clear line between the state (Caesar) and God

But remember, this was a question to entrap Jesus, so the parable speaking Messiah might have given, an answer might warrant further examination. An interesting note, in Israelite tradition, nothing belongs to Caesar and everything belongs to God(1 ). So Jesus might not trust the authorities.

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