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Why didn't God make "Thou shalt not own slaves." one of the ten commandments?

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How about -- "Thou shalt not suffer children to follow ME until they are old enough to think for themselves...say 25"?

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Not for Jews. One of the basic duties of the father is to provide for the instruction of his children, guiding their first steps towards a religious life and later enabling their sons' education in Jewish schools. The father?s obligation to teach his children is set forth in the first paragraph of Shema Yisrael: "Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and your gates." (Deut 6:6-9). Deuteronomy contains several references to the duty to provide education: "Remember the days of old, consider the years of agens past; ask your father, he will inform you, your elders, they will tell you." (Deut 32:7). The Book of Proverbs also has many verses that call for obedience and education within the family: "My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your mind retain my commandments; For they will bestow on you length of days, years of life and well-being." (Prov 3:1-2). The educational principles of the Hebrew Bible were later also applied within the context of Christian and Moslem society.
Pretty much what I recommend: you don't ignore morals or ethics, so you don't ignore religion.
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@shinypate: I might ask you to consider something else. We don't ignore morals or ethics, but those things are what helps society differentiate and what allows society to prevent itself from being violent. It's supposed to keep us from violence. Religion on the other hand causes violence, in case you haven't noticed. I would also like to add there is nothing wrong with teaching a child about morals and ethics because you're teaching them to be human and not animal. But to teach a child about religion you are teaching them to be ignorant and not open minded. Teaching a child about morals/ethics is very much different than teaching one about religion.
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This is an old canard: religion causes violence. Atheists say it so much they actually believe it; it gives them reason to hate religion. Admittedly, known religious wars and coercion may have killed 60 to 80 million in recorded history. But don't forget that atheist communism has killed 60 million in China, and atheist communism killed 40 million in Russia. The killing fields of Cambodia are due to the atheist pogom of Pol Pot. At some point, religious wars are restrained from excess by the very religion they serve; atheists do not exhibit any such external restraint.
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In all it's years of killing, Christianity has not managed to reach the numbers of 19th and 20th century atheism alone. You give the impression that religion causes violence; I might argue its the mendacity and twistedness of man that is the source. This means religion is that which restrains our normal animalistic selves.
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Secondly, Christianity is the source of the societal good of hospitals, rescue missions, elementary education, colleges, a trained and restrained military, and the end of slavery. Islam made multitudinous advances in science and art, and during the middle ages was the intellectual engine of math, astronomy and collected vast libraries. Buddhism is responsible for a legacy of art and architecture, Hinduism has contributed cultural touchstones of art and dance, music and architecture, as well as multitudinous codes of ethics and behavior. The ethics and morals of modern western society rest on those of Judeo Christian roots; if you ask an average atheist what he finds unlawful or detestable, the man-centric laws of the 10 commandments will often be in the list. So much has religion been woven into everyday use that we have shorthand allusions for it: see here http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0934909.html
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When weighing the value of religion, please include the good with the bad, or some might think your hand is on the scales.
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Have you ever wondered what the reason for that is, Shiny? Religious instruction of the very young may well indeed by child abuse, but the Church knows it is entirely NECESSARY child abuse. Your claims are way too out there to catch on UNLESS wide-eyed, trusting children are forced to accept those claims as True before common sense and objectivity set in. Get 'em young, Shiny. Get 'em young.
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Talking snakes? Virgin birth? Sky God who loves each and every one of us, and who knows every last one of every last person's thoughts?

................OKAY DADDY!!
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shiny, you have not given me one bit of factual and valid evidence against what I said. might I remind you that you speak mainly on atheist COMMUNISM. regardless if it's Christian or catholic, communism is communism. it's promoted violence throughout the years. remember to actually give factual evidence when speaking on how bad religion is and not the ideas you serve.
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19th and 20th century atheism killings? shiny, you're facts are obviously incorrect. it is not atheists that have done the killing, but rather religion. might I also add to you shiny that much of holy doctrines, such as the bible, even has massacre killings. things such as believers going to war with nonbelievers and even believers (who did only ONE BAD THING) dying by the hands of their own god. the fact is that it's religion that causes violence, not the lack of religion. in the 21st century nowadays, atheist countries have good economies. religious countries do not; they hold their own people against their rights. for example, in Saudi Arabia its because of religion that women must hide their faces most of the time. shiny, if we followed by religion as America, then women wouldn't even have voting rights. religion is what causes violence. IF parents would teach their children about morals and ethics WITHOUT including religion, the perhaps children could see they don't need religion just to be moral and good people. but religion has twisted this around, too. again, religion is not needed in society; morals and ethics are.
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He knows he's wrong, but he feels it's ... noble... or something, to argue for what he views as an ideal.
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I've noticed so.
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shiny has a point. the bashing of religion is stupid and unwarranted. but you can't keep atheists from doing it, just like you can't keep crack cocaine addicts from their drug.
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It is very hard to stop using reason and logic. I imagine it's equally difficult for people like Rascallywabbit to stay completely away from it.
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if everything were accessible with reason and logic, art and music would not be around. one trick ponies think everything should work one way. they don't. how do I convey the we experience of transcendence to someone who is sticking on earth?
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When someone says the religious education of children is child abuse, I have no need to reply; the silliness of the statement is enough.
When arguing, one is advised to remain in the realm of the rational.
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Of course, Shiny, because that statement is so obviously correct it must be silly!
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I will reply to Rascal's comment from before his last one. Art and music have very discernible reasons for being appealing. These reasons are accessible to science.

Disbelievers take heart. There is no claim of rationality or logic that believers in talking snakes, flooded earths, and survivable death can claim to have.
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I'm guessing he thought "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", covered the slave thing.

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Good answer, but that is not part of the 10 commandments.
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I agree, that certainly would cover the slave thing.

But the that idea, the Golden Rule, is generally attributed to Jesus Christ, who live much later than Moses.

It is not one of the Ten Commandments.

Considering the seeming importance of not owning slaves I thought God would have included it in the most important of laws.
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The Israelites had been slaves before Moses saved them. Can't say why they weren't included in the Ten C. You're right, the Commandments came a long time before Jesus' time. I was feeling too relaxed I think.
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Bombadil, if you think the golden rule was Jesus's, you need to read the Bible: Leviticus 19:18
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Why do you want to argue the point? It is in the Bible, and we know Jesus believed in it and told his followers to practice it, what difference does it make who said it first?
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Throughout history, slaves were not treated badly in ALL cultures. Yes, they were taken advantage of by our standards, and no one would treat their owners and the slaves were treated, but slaves are often portrayed by our society as more terrible than it actually may have been at the time. For example, in Ancient Rome, slaves did all the work, and had to wear collar/like necklaces to indication that they were slaves and who they belonged to, and were put to death without hesitation for not following the rules, but they were generally treated quite respectfully, as they were part of the household. They were treated like extended family, and often time, they literally were family (due to slaves and owners sleeping together). They knew their place and had special laws, but they were generally not physically abused or spoken to disrespectfully for no reason, or just as an ego thing by the owners. Yes, I would rather have been an owner obviously, but a slaves life had potential to be of an acceptable standard. At least they were clothed, fed, and able to live in a nice house, which is more than many people have access to today, thousands of years later. Another example, the slaves who built the Egyptian pyramids, apparently weren't slaves at all, but paid workers. Their graves were found. They were individual graves, which shows more respect than if they were all just thrown in a common hole together. Some graves of the builders were in marked graves with stone tablets, which told their name, and rank of position in the management or high skilled role they had in the construction. Many skeletons were found with personal belongings and jewellery, and the bones were in good condition, meaning they weren't malnourished, and few skeletons bones were broken before death. It is believed that instead of being whipped slaves as we portray them as, they were skilled, paid craftsmen, and construction was simply the employment they had at the time.
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Okay.
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The "golden rule" predates the Judeo-Christian culture entirely.
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Very interesting, I didn't know that.
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A lot of the philosophy Westerners attribute to Jesus was present long before in Asian philosophy. Since Damascus was a crossroad of cultures and access to the early Silk Road, Paul had access to that knowledge.
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Sounds like you'd find The Masks of God interesting. It's by Joseph Campbell. Right down your alley, I think.
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Can you please elaborate on that a little more, I'd like to understand what you mean a bit better? Like what the early Silk Road is etc.
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Damascus was an early market for Asian goods. It was a robust, multicultural city. Paul, during his time there, would have been influenced by that exposure. It's why much of Jesus' sayings are near identical copies of Eastern philosophies like Lao Tzu.
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Well, I did say it is generally attributed to Jesus, but not always. I believe it certainly does appear in one form or another in other places in the Bible. My point was that it was not one of the Ten Commandments.

As for Leviticus, weather the Golden Rule appears there or not, I disregard the entire book as it also tells me that shelfish are detestable.
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Sorry, my previous comment was meant for Lior, not koichan.
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Apology accepted, Bomb! I appreciate it when someone makes an intelligent comment, and yours was intelligent.
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Not too intelligent really. Burned my pants trying to dry them in the microwave today.

"Masks of God"? I'll look for it, Thanks.
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Lol, that's one I've never heard of to date...try ironing them dry next time.
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Microwaving underpants before heading out on a blustery cold day is one of life's sweet joys.
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Aw, I feel you!
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That was an unexpected turn of topics lol
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Certainly was, fun, huh!
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Maybe he wasn't against slavery

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Because Stone Age men wanted slaves.

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Is that the right age?
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Well, it's hard to track the exact age of the bible. Bronze Age, if you will. I was exaggerating to make a point.
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The ten commandments aren't actually what you think them to be . . . . (not gonna explain takes much more space than practical)
Maybe that was already IMPLIED.

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You can look it up, if you wish, or just read the Bible. But God writing the commandments on stone like in that ancient movie? Nuh-uh!
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Implied where? There seem to be parts of the Bible that imply it is actually OK for me to own slaves.
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I'm looking right now.

Exodus 24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tablets of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

Sounds likes commandments on stone, just like that ancient movie to me!
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Than my resources LIE!
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Bombadil, to see where it's implied, read my answer
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Lior,

I was under the impression that Wildviper was saying that it was IMPLIED that slavery was wrong. (Correct Wildviper?)

Are you saying Wildviper is saying exactly the opposite?
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Correct. God probably didn't want his people treating eachother like property and working eachother until death.
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Slaves were considered a normal part of culture back then. The Bible says that slaves must fear and revere their masters with the same fear and reverence they have of God. And they should be grateful and feel lucky that they are slaves.

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So...it is OK for me to own a slave?
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So, he approved of slavery then?

Is it still ok?
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No.
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Only if you take the Bible literally like some people try to. The church has altered the Bible to accommodate the changing times. The Bible is a collaboration of writings that are indicative of the cultures of the people's who lived in the middle east more than 2000 years ago, and many aspects don't apply to us now, thousands of years later. The new testament is one of the accommodations made long ago, I wouldn't be surprised if some day, a newer testament is re-written, to accommodate our culture now. The dynamics of society have changed now, we no longer have household slaves, and women are legally allowed to work and be more independent, so they are no longer required to worship their husbands. Back in those days, it was extremely uncommon for a woman to never marry, otherwise she would have no place in society, and no one to support her. These are just a couple of examples.
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I did not think that the ten commandments were just relevant for a certain time period. If God is all-knowing, then he should be able to know what would have been considered moral then and now. Only HUMANS would have written something that only pertained to what was moral for THAT time period, which only points us to one answer..
In response to that comment^ aren't the ten commandments pretty important? God did write them himself right..? I would think all Christians would take at least that pretty seriously and literally.
I just don't understand.. If the Bible and commandments and all that are supposed to be the word of God, why would they only be pertaining to that culture alone? Shouldn't God have written a Bible that could apply to people of all time periods? (since believers of God do believe that he is capable of anything)
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Well the easiest answer to that (for me to believe), is that it was merely written by the humans back then. There are many stories in the Bible about God supposedly giving people permission/power/the right to do things, and people couldn't dispute it becuase God apparently gave them permission. For example. King Solomon (from Jerusalem who rules 970-931 BC) took over the throne, and told all his followers that he was allowed to make decisions becuase he asked God for guidance, and God said because of the selfhish nature of his request, he would bestow him the ability to make righteous and wise decisions to guide his kingdom. However, King Solom is now most remembered for his bad judgements, having had 700 wives and more than 300 concubines, had sexual relations with many international women, taxed the kingdom much too heavily, and became very selfish. He went overboard with all his power. He made many enemies and his children were no longer accepted to continue his succession, and it changed families. If God had truly given him the wisdom to rule righteously and fairly, none of that would have happened. It was merely his excuse to not be questioned. As you may have noticed, many of the times when God or other beings came down and spoke to someone, they were alone, and there was no one there to back up the story. They just said it, and people decided to believe.
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Yes.. that where I was getting at lol. My point was that, like you said, people are gullible and believe it when the other person says God told them it, even though it was probably just their own little ideas.
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"Only if you take the Bible literally like some people try to."

So I should not take the Bible literally?
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It depends on what aspect of the Bible you are referring to, and how it affects today's society. Also depends what Bible you are referring to. I have basically no knowledge of religions other than Christianity. Some things in the Catholic Bible I personally believe are good guidelines to follow through life, but some things I strongly disagree with, such as what I mentioned above.
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Which parts should I take literally?

Which parts must I find my own interpretation for?

Which parts should I disregard entirely?

Who should make these decisions?

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Well I believe that you should find your own interpretation of each passage, the whole thing.
You should make the decisions about which scriptures you take literally, and which ones you make inferences about, and think about what purpose would writing that passage have in molding a society of peace and goodness.
Some things that you may interpret to disregard, may have to do with slavery for example, but every opinion you form of the Bible is up to you. You have the right to form your own opinions from the information you are exposed to.
My interpretation for example, of the majority of the scriptures, is the intent to teach a moral for the reading. I don't take most things literally, but I choose to believe that the purpose of the Bible, and its stories, are to promote in people the desire and drive to do good deeds with their life, such as being kind to others, not going out of your way to hurt someone (whether or not you think they deserve it or not: which for me, includes lying, stealing, cheating, physical and emotional violence). That is merely my interpretation of the religion, and in my opinion, if each word isn't taken literally, it can potentially enhance someone's life and help them bring structure and direction into their lives.
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But if I should make my own interpretations why do I need the Bible at all?

I believe that even without the Bible I could decide to be a good person?
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Because god comes in different forms to different cultures. Back then slavery was acceptable in society, but just because it wasn't a commandment doesn't mean he approved of it, he just left it the way it was.

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So he was to lazy to write one more commandment?
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No, he knew that people would need a lot of time to see that slavery was wrong.
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Also, the original purpose of man was to be fruitful and subdue the earth and have dominion over the animals. However, after Adam sinned, that changed.
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how convenient
If he were all knowing, he would have known what was to come. God should make laws that pertain to all of humanity- not to certain cultures. The only ones who write books that pertain to certain cultures are humans.
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He does see things coming but like I said before humans find change that happens too quickly to be foreign and evil.
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Sooo because of that God gave everyone the green light to own slaves? like "hmm I don't want to scare them, I guess I'll just allow slavery for a few thousand years. They'll eventually resolve it"
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I didn't say he gave them the green light on slavery. I believe he planned for slavery to end when it did.
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does it say that in the bible?
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"No, he knew that people would need a lot of time to see that slavery was wrong."

Really? "Don't own other human beings." seems like a fairly easy concept to understand.

And if it was something that would take a long time to understand why didn't he want to get started on it right away?
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Because you can't force an entire population to change their beliefs easily.
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..... Wtf! What do you think all of those Christian converters did in history? People all over the world had to change their beliefs with the snap of a finger! You sound hypocritical to me. Besides, it makes no sense to allow slavery to make the wealthier people's lives easier.. Who do you think it being hurt more: the slaves as slaves, or the wealthy people losing their slaves and having to pay for their work to get done?
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You're acting like I said I approve of slavery. I don't but I don't believe in a god that would force people to do something against their will.
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I know you probably don't, but as you can see in my comment ^^ Christianity is a religion that has involved a LOT of force in its history. And on another note, nothing in the Bible is forcing anyone to do anything against their will.. People still murder even though it says thou shalt not kill. So it's really just a suggestion, but people can still do whatever they want because it is believed that God gave us all FREE WILL
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Almost all religions have used force to advocate their ideals in their history.
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The fact that it is common doesn't make it any more correct. But I think it's too much of a generalization to say EVERY religion. Has Buddhism used force? Even if it has, it could never compare to Christianity or Islam.
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1. I didn't say every religion, 2.i didn't say it was right to force ones religion upon others.
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Sorry I missed the "almost" :P
I realize that, but why else did you mention it? Was there a point? Because it seemed like your point was to make Christianity look better by saying most other religions are just as bad.
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Not really, I was trying to point out that all religions have their faults.
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I would think that that would be a given.
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God did not include slavery, and specifically prohibition of slavery, in the Ten Commandments because God allowed slavery and regulated it in many laws. However, God's regulated slavery is not what slavery was like anywhere but in ancient Israel. For one, in God's regulated slavery the slaves are released after the seventh year - the sabbatical year, and become free. But in some sense the Ten Commandments do include all the other 613 (or 603, depending on how you count). Thou shalt not steal was interpreted by rabbis not as stealing an apple, but as stealing a life (the reasoning is fascinating!): kidnapping someone (say going to look for wood to make a drum) and selling him as a slave. In this sense then yes, the Ten Commandments do include a prohibition on slaving, and hence on slavery - the unregulated by God kind.

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So slavery is OK provided it is regulated by God?
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Quite excellent!
Yes, slavery was part of the ancient world, as there were precious few options available for captured people dispossessed from their land. Agrarian societies are hard for people without land. As we developed less agrarian societies and other options for work, the need for slavery disappeared.
By the way-- slavery was ended with the drive from churches and synagogues. You do know that don't you? It would not have won support absent churches spearheading the effort, in Europe as well as the Americas.
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Bombadil, complain with God. It's His law, not mine...
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Lior,
How do I register a complaint with God?
Isn't that something he tells us not to do?
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People always complain with God. Abraham did that, Moses did. I think it's fine.
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I'm the bible it tells slaves to willfully follow their masters command... Just sayin...

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It also tells masters not to abuse their slaves and to treat them with dignity. And the book of Philemon is written to a slave owner to tell him that a runaway slave had converted, and now was to be considered a brother in Christ. The nuance is, runaway slaves could be caught and punished by Roman magistrates, as well as their owner.
Another difference between Roman slavery and its more modern variety was manumission - the ability of slaves to be freed. Roman owners freed their slaves in considerable numbers: some freed them outright, while others allowed them to buy their own freedom. The prospect of possible freedom through manumission encouraged most slaves to be obedient and hard working. It also made the system fairly stable for hundreds of years.
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Would you want to do your masters deed willingly if you knew they didn't think anything more of you then a dog... And if you die they just buy a new slave...
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When we think about how God feels about slavery, let's do our best to remember the cultural context of the ancient world, and God's redemptive plan for all of us in this life. Ancient New Testament slavery cannot seriously be compared to the slavery we all know from the New World and from the early years of American history. Those who would say that these two forms of slavery are one in the same are simply ignoring the facts. And it would be equally unfair to judge God based on what WE think God should do about slavery. In the end, God is immensely concerned about all of us as individuals and He uses the worst parts of our lives and the worst aspects of our society to accomplish unexpected good and surprising opportunities for growth and mercy. This backward principle of using evil for good is part of the very nature of God, and we are so blessed that this spiritual truth is understandable to all of us as children of God.http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2012/what-god-says-about-slavery/

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"..let's do our best" way to be condescending.. It was only a question.. And I don't quite understand where you're getting at. What do the forms of slavery have to do with this? And for the rest of your answer, is that info you found in the Bible or are you just assuming? ha sort of a double entendre
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But God is omniscient. Even supposing that the form of at the time as acceptable, something I do not believe, should God not have thought "I should really include a prohibition against the types of slavery that are not acceptable."?
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Spot on SbG your answer saves me from penning my own.
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Hi Bombadil- Keep in mind that the 10 commandments were given to the chosen nation, the Israelites. The other nations around them who were worshipers of other Gods, were not bound to these commandments. However, the Bible will sometimes give commands and sometimes give principles. For ex, in Exodus 20:13-17, these commandments are geared towards your fellow neighbor. So, those commandments cover the situations mentioned, but their principles within those commandments that are equally valid, such as showing love for neighbor or slave. For example, if your dentist told you to stay away from sweets like cookies and cakes. He didn't mention apple pie directly, but do you think that it falls into the "sweets" category? Sure it does. You see, often times its the same way with Bible commands. So, owning slaves was not considered to be something bad, but the mistreatment of others or slaves was. As a matter of fact, God ensured that there were provision for slaves and that they would be treated fairly under his law:
Read article, it provides great insight on slavery during Bible times.
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2005204?q=slaves&p=par

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You're wrong. The Ten Commandments, specifically the one about the Sabbath allows for slavery. It says you must let your slave rest on the Sabbath - implying its ok to own slaves.
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Hi Lior, I am not sure if you understood my post, because I agree, the Israelites could own slaves. However, my point was the mistreatment of slaves was something that God did not approve of. I don't mind being wrong when I am wrong, but I think we are in agreement with each other.
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Amazing how anyone could think an all knowing god could not see that it was wrong or that women and men are equals, Haha.... you'd almost think that men of that day and age wrote the 10 commandments and the bible, so silly ........ :/

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They did.
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They were dictated by The holy spirit to write the gospel. That does not mean they are fabricated or illegitimate. Besides, Christianity is one of the few religions where both men and women can find equality. In fact most early Christians where women, the poor, and criminals (pretty much by default). They were not blinded by the world but saw through a clear lens. Also, the scripture has 100% continuity integrity, despite being written over a period of several hundred years by authors who knew little to nothing about each other's works.
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My BS detector is going crazy
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I liked Lior's response for measured and appropriate instruction. This one is for fun.
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I guess it must've slipped his mind?

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Slavery was a political thing back in the day. It was not permanent and it did not include your family. If you WERE a slave back in those days you could not be killed or brutally injured with out cause or reason. Our image of slavery comes from the atrocity that plagued our nation for almost 100 years (since it was created)

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god is all knowing... he should've seen that coming
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He saw sin in advance, and permitted it. Slavery is just part of that sin. Some sins are named, and others are implied by principle. Lior gives a good example.
I don't have to be told that it's wrong to take clients money under false pretenses; that's the principle of theft. Similarly, slander is covered by false witness. You get the idea: the 10 commandments are germinal, and as Hillel said, "That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: This is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary ? [and now] go study."
Or as Jesus said, love God and your fellow man as yourself. This is the greatest commandment. Because if you love God and your fellow man, you won't steal from him, covet his wife, or murder him. Neither will you make him your slave. Thus Israel was instructed not to make slaves of other nations, as they had been slaves in Egypt and knew the oppression.
It may not be in the 10 commandments, but it was not overlooked by God.
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Obviously it was not on his priorities list. I wonder what kind of god prioritizes bashing gays over condemning slavery. Perhaps a repugnant, obstinate and uncivil one. Maybe it thought we don't deserve liberty and maybe god hates America for it. Oh how our morals have decayed as blacks are free to earn money unindentured. This nation is an insult to god, legalizing gay marriage and if we stop allowing churches tax exempt status you know the end is nigh because when gods money dries up we shall surely face his wrath. We have got to bring back a time of morality when gays were killed, slaves are beaten and beautiful young girls are burned alive as witches- that is real morality. Now whose head do I have to drill a hole in to let the demons out?

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I hear there is an opening in the Trinity. maybe your resume is ready to go? you certainly seem to know better than God how to run things
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I'm comfortable fighting invisible monsters from earth but if given the chance ill consider taking the throne.
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One would think that Israelites would know slavery is not good having been slaves for years already.
Seriously people, do you need to tell them former slaves that you freed that its not good to have slaves?!!?

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The Israelites had God's regulated slavery. Not the same as what they had in Egypt.
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Just like good ol' slavery in the States, right? Ahh, memories. You know, I heard that black men, when slaves, were much more likely to live in monogamous relationships, and the kids had both parents!

Shall we argue a little MORE for the benefits of slavery, Lior?
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Hi bombadil! He who makes the universe gets to write the rules. If you want to edit them, feel free to invent something for bona fides. I suggest stuff left over, like world peace or free universal health care. Once you do that, the world will probably believe your 11th commandment.
Seriously, seen as part of the ancient world, slavery is and has almost always been due to the nature of agrarian societies. As mankind drifted into a manufacturing society, the need for slavery to work agrarian fields was lost, and the drive for humane treatment of slaves became a religious good. Churches fell over themselves to lead on this, and without them, slavery would have lasted for another 60 years. It is due to huge investments from religious leaders and authors that slavery was ended in America and Europe, all within a 120 year period of the invention of the cotton gin.

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shinypate1, oh dear. You appear to be rather intelligent. That presents problems for me. (I jest. It seems you can provide answers that are difficult to find flaw with.)

What do you personally believe? I agree, slavery has been due to the nature of agrarian societies. But what is the reason God did not include a prohibition on slavery in the Ten Commandments?

Because slavery in one form or another was needed for mankind to succeed?

Personally, I believe the Ten Commandments do not include a prohibition on slavery because they were not created by God. Humans just credited God with creating them.

(Where did you live in Japan? I live in Funabashi now.)

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Oh, yes. I am aware that religious establishments were largely responsible for ending slavery.
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I lived and worked in Iwakuni, where I was a Naval officer on the Marine Corps base there. I loved every minute of it, after I got used to the weather.

It is fine by me if you want to tell God that he omitted one you would have put in. Many others have tried. But by using the 10 commandments as a standard, you are implicitly according it moral and ethical weight. This is recognized the world over. So argue as you wish with God, he can take it. But if it were created by men, they would not have made rules that almost everyone breaks. The rules would have had a bit more give to them...
This is my opinion. You are welcome to disagree.
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Well, my intent was not to argue with God.

My intent was to argue with people who believe The Ten Commandments were given to mankind by God.

I would prefer to lose this argument.
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Fair enough. When one argues with God, one is in good company. Abraham did. Jacob did, Moses did, and perhaps even Jesus did when he asked that "the cup" pass from him.
Just be willing to listen when he speaks.
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