Description of the Early Christian Community
“All the believers were together; and everything they had was for the use of all” (2:44 Worldwide English)
“The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, ‘That’s mine; you can’t have it.’ They shared everything.” (4:32-33 The Message)
One of the main reasons that Communism failed…human nature is too corrupt for principles such as “common ownership”.
Even in a Capitalist society, I just can’t see, for example, all residents on a particular street sharing one set of power tools. Surely, some jerk wouldn’t return a drill until threatened with a financial penalty. Most people would probably not take good care of the community’s tools.
However, we can enjoy a simple Christian lifestyle with “shared” material possessions by RENTING.
Here are some examples:
If you buy your own snow skiing equipment
** You must lug it with you on every trip to the mountains;
** Before each new season, you really should get the skis serviced;
** Ultimately, you are stuck with the same skis, boots, and poles for several years.
You could simply rent the equipment from a shop at the ski resort. These shops usually have the newest models in excellent condition at reasonable rates.
Nothing looks more ridiculous than an apartment complex in the evening with its parking lots and even sidewalks overflowing with cars.
If you buy your own car, you must pay for insurance, gasoline, service, toll-road fees, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention the initial purchase price–a small fortune nowadays. You must scrape snow and ice during the winter. When some idiot crashes into you, your car will never be like new again. Quite frankly, I could list 1000 negative aspects of car ownership.
You could ride public transportation for your day-to-day needs. Then, when you take a vacation once or twice a year to a location that lacks good bus / rail service, you rent a car. With unlimited mileage! If you take good care of the rental car (for instance, ignore the adage “There’s no curb too high for a rental car” ), your experience will be hassle-free.