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Last edited at 10:50AM on 3/25/2013
Yes I believe it does. I guess it's okay to be a Christian and against slavery, but it's not okay to be in favor of gay marriage. Christians seem to have a fixation on gay marriage more than anything else in the Bible. Kind of strange. . This is what I found: "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever." (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)
the days of moses ' the deliverer was evedence that opression was no godly. but still when jesus taught " we learned that , no servant is above master and that no masters or above the lord. render to our master that which is required .and to christ(creator) that which also required.
Yes, the bible does condone slavery. Not only are there verses exhorting slaves to submit to their masters and not run away, but there are also passages detailing who you are allowed to take as slaves and when it's okay to sell your children into slavery.
Many websites (Christian based) will quote scripture and claim that they were servants on their own accord.. yet fail to supply the rest of the passage. I normally hate to copy/paste.. but However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, 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 your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)
What are my thoughts? That it does condone slavery and that it is acceptable in the bible. I just find it funny that on social issues like this, Christians will refuse to accept this fact b/c they have followed society in saying that it's wrong... kinda like interracial marriage and soon to be gay marriage.
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Last edited at 11:13AM on 3/25/2013
Taken word for word, yes. In those days, everybody who was powerful enough owned slaves. Sarah GAVE Abraham Hagar; she could do this because Hagar was a slave. It has taken us millennia to realize that people shouldn't BELONG TO people.
first of, A book can condone nothing... it's an inanimate object. Not to mention the bible is not meant to be taken literal. It's texts were meant to be stories of the icons of the time. Slaves were very common to have. Today we see it as wrong, but then it was right. For all we know within scripture, someone may have just wanted to point out what the Christian way or the "Godly" way to own a slave of the time. The point of christianity is to live a life of moral binding and code. To the very least make it fair. There was scripture describing the times of hardships too. Many of the protagonists within the bible tell of strife and overcoming impossible obstacles through faith. It even appealed to those in power. Each one of these references to slavery.
Modern Christianity is meant to adapt to its time. It's more of the people than the faith.
No. Slavery was a powerful institution in that day and age. The Bible provides humane Christian guidelines for both the slaves and masters who became believers to operate within the world and in the system they lived in. God actually required believers to release all their slaves and debtors every seven years in Jubilation Year.
In the fallen world that mankind had created, slavery was a reality. God permitted its existence and worked within its system. Slaves were more domestic servants than oppressed field workers. Slaves could be the captives of war (Num. 31:25-47), subjects of debt to be worked off (2 Kings 4:1), born into slavery (Gen. 17:12-13), or entered into voluntarily (Exodus 21:5-6). In the Ancient Near East, some slaves were able to own other slaves and even conduct business and in Exodus 21:2 a slave was required to be set free after six years of service. Though slavery carries a very negative connotation here in America, it was not nearly as bad it was here in the first 100 years of our nation's existence... God works within the fallen system to bring about His will. Slavery was permitted by God and rules of treatment of slaves were given so that they would not be mistreated.http://carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy/you-may-buy-slaves
Consider the living victims of the losing side in warfare. They lose their land, and in an agrarian society, this results in a slow death. If you don't have land, you can't raise crops, & can't feed yourself. Slavery is a solution to this problem. Originally, Jacob and his sons went into Egypt because of famine. Indentured servitude resulted. This is not uncommon; during much of the middle kingdoms of Egypt, the corv?e ( slavery paid by food) was used for work on public projects during nonagricultural times. It was not uncommon for Egyptians to work 7 months per year for the Pharaoh. Slavery is not an unmitigated evil in an agrarian society. It's only when we get to a society of work-for-wages that slavery takes on a negative moral character. Slaves were well-treated and provided for; the were returned to their land during flood months and harvest months, so that the land would have plenty. It's not remarkable that the Bible would reflect a view of slavery that mirrors this. In the time of Rome, any fledgling religion that threatened the slavery system would have been crushed as Spartacus' rebellion was put down; Paul therefore said it was possible to be a Christian as a slave, or master, and that God required ethical treatment of slaves by masters, and honest work from slaves. He also said, if it is possible to be free, that is to be preferred. This is actually good advice, considering the alternative. Of course, the Church was in the vanguard in abolition when it was done away with in the Middle Ages (the serf system replaced it), and when it returned in the new world, the church again led the way in abolition.