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.
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.
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.
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/
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
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 ........ :/
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)
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?
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?!!?
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.