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  • To those people who say the Old Testament doesn't count anymore:

    Matthew 5:17-19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

  • Of Course It Does

    Leviticus 25: 39-46 (NLT)

    “If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell himself to you, do not treat him as a slave. Treat him instead as a hired worker or as a temporary resident who lives with you, and he will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee. At that time he and his children will no longer be obligated to you, and they will return to their clans and go back to the land originally allotted to their ancestors. The people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves. Show your fear of God by not treating them harshly.

    However, you may purchase male and female slaves from among the nations around you. You may also purchase the children of temporary residents who live among you, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat them as slaves, but you must never treat your fellow Israelites this way."

    The last half is crucial. Christians brush this off as if it is still talking about indentured servants. No, it's not. This is explicitly talking about slavery, and the fact that it mentions they can be taken from foreign land means the ethnocentric justification is still there. Christians should be obligated to defend both the New and the Old Testament. But, let's look at the New Testament:

    Ephesians 6:5 (NLT)

    "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ."

    Slaves are meant to look up to their masters as if they were serving Christ himself. Seriously, does nobody see the wrong in making slaves think that? Even if this passage does not necessarily encourage slavery, it still condones it.

    Luke 12: 47-48 (NLT)

    "And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required."

    No, the New Testament is not much better. It still condones slavery, and it's appalling Christians are willing to overlook these passages as if they mean nothing. One day, the bible will be left with all the other mythological texts and the world will be better off without it.

  • Condone: Accept and Allow to Continue

    Leviticus 25: 42-46 (NLT)

    "The people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves. Show your fear of God by not treating them harshly.

    However, you may purchase male and female slaves from among the nations around you. You may also purchase the children of temporary residents who live among you, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat them as slaves, but you must never treat your fellow Israelites this way."

    Need I say more?

  • This needs further elaboration.

    This question is overly simplistic. The Bible doesn't condone the racially based slavery we knew in America and England and in fact the Bible was used by abolitionists to oppose it. It does support things like indentured servitude, which some might consider a type of slavery but is actually a rather practical way off paying off a debt.

  • No the Bible doesn't condone slavery.

    I would overall say that the Bible does not condone slavery. I know there is contradictory statements in the Bible about almost everything. The Bible was a changing book of God that suited the ideas of the time they were written. We must remember what was written so long ago had a different meaning than what it holds today. If the ten commandments do not condone slavery then I feel confident that the Bible overall does not condone it.

  • No, it is mentioned, but not condoned

    It is mentioned in the Old Testament, but it is never encouraged. The New Testament states clearly that we are to love our neighbor as ourself, which speaks against slavery. The Bible does not condone it, but I can see how someone could twist a story to say that it does.

  • God allowed some things that were not his ideal will.

    He allowed Israel to have a king, but they were rejecting him, 1 Samuel 8:7. He allowed Solomon to build a temple, but had never expressed any desire for one, 2 Samuel 7:5-6. He allowed divorce, "but from the beginning it was not so", Matthew 19:7, 8. He allowed polygamy, but in the creation he made one man and one woman. The regulations in the Old Testament were for the civil state of Israel living in a cruel world. It would have been impossible to stop wicked men from enslaving others, just as it is toady among other crimes against humanity. The gospel changes the hearts of people to love God supremely and their neighbor as themselves. The church of Christ/New Testament is not intended to run the state, neither is the state intended by God to run the church, but the "powers that be", Romans 13:1-7, are God's instrument for vengeance on evil doers. The gospel of peace, if obeyed, is the best cure for ALL the evils of this world. If Jesus and his apostles tried to end slavery it would have undermined the ultimate goal of man's salvation. It is easy to pick a few verses to attempt to discredit the Bible, but there are just reasons for it's overall treatment of this subject. By they way, jail and prison are justifiable forms of slavery!

  • We supported slavery not God

    Slavery is wrong, that's been established. The thing is we are the one who created slavery, God cannot stop us since he gave us our free will. We blame God for something he cannot help. God says if you are a slave be a good slave, he also means if you are a person be a good person, he only says slave because that is what we referred to them as, and God has to stand back and watch us like a movie hoping we made our own happy ending.


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