Leninist exegesis: on prayer and the narrow way

Lenin is not usually thought of as one to give advice on prayer, but he is certainly not into outward shows of piety:

This reminds us of the saying about those who, if they are compelled to pray, do it with such zeal that they bang their foreheads against the ground. Lenin, Collected Works, vol. 6, p. 136.

And Lenin’s liking for expanding Gospel sayings of Jesus shows up again, now with the contrast between the wide and easy way versus the narrow gate and the hard way of Matthew 7:13-14:

Well then, if you do agree to follow this road, make an effort to proceed along it independently; don’t make it necessary to drag you; don’t let the ‘unusual’ appearance of this road frighten you, don’t be put out by the fact that in many places you will find no beaten track at all, and that you will have to crawl along the edges of precipices, break your way through thickets, and leap across chasms. Don’t complain of the poor road: these complaints will be futile whining, for you should have known in advance that you would be moving, not along a highway that has been graded and levelled by all the forces of social progress, but along paths through out-of-the-way places and back-alleys which do have a way out, but from which you, we or anyone else will never find a direct, simple, and easy way out. Lenin, Collected Works, vol. 6, pp. 126-7.

Makes me wonder whether an article on Lenin’s exegesis of the Gospels isn’t a bad idea …

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6 thoughts on “Leninist exegesis: on prayer and the narrow way

  1. Any sign of Lenin being interested in the Lukan parables, Roland? Especially the good samaritan or the prodigal son maybe?

  2. Is Lenin pre-trib or post-trib? What is his position on bodily resurrection of Christ? Does he believe the era of gifts of the spirit is past or not?

    Also, what are we tp make of his debate with Chernov about the necessity of full-body immersion baptism?

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