Policies that contradict timeless truths expressed in the Bible simply don’t work. Confiscatory rates of taxation and punitive inheritance taxes fly in the face of wisdom contained in ancient texts revered by tens of millions of Jews and Christians.
These texts are relevant today because ideologies which the Bible frowns upon inevitably turn out to be poor public policy. For example, when the Good Book labels promiscuity as a sin, believers understand that God is not only indicating His displeasure at this behavior, He is assuring us that no societal good will come of it. The Bible offers insights into destructive taxation policies that prove equally true.
The first Biblical mention of taxation comes in Genesis 41. Bewildered by disturbing dreams, Pharaoh unsuccessfully seeks explanations from his courtiers. Finally his butler, newly released from jail, remembers his cell-mate, the Hebrew lad, Joseph. Joseph interprets the king’s dreams to be God’s forewarning of seven years of plenty to be followed by seven years of famine. In verse 34, Joseph recommends applying a tax upon the Egyptian economy.