Slavery in the Bible

Uponthisrock

Sparrow
Well, it's pretty straightforward the way I read it:

Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.
If you, a representative and believer in God, find yourself to be a "slave" there is an expected way you are to behave at that time and in that culture.
It's only in recent history that a large portion of the world (In Africa their still trying to sell each other) sees slavery as some great evil.
This is always the annoying part of this conversation. People always impose their current moral feelings on the past. As they look down their nose thinking themselves so progressive and superior, all while we live in a world that's confused about genitals.
We are no better than they are.
 

The Beast1

Peacock
Gold Member
As our liberties get taken away during this covid plandemic, what are the forum's views on these quotes on human ownership from the Bible?
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Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ” (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

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)


Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel. (1 Peter 2:18)

The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.” (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)

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)

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves. (1 Timothy 6:1-2)

When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

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I don't care what the old testament says (outside of proving Jesus' divinity as the son of God) since I am not a Jew. Jesus came to update the old laws with revised ones, simple as. Regardless, slavery at that time was the norm for several thousands of years prior and Christianity allowed it with certain rules and advisements.

Imagine how revolutionizing Christianity was for a slave to hear being born in bondage that accepting Christ gives you freedom in death.

What I find curious is how it was Christian whites who became abolitionists and ended slavery. Here's a fun thought experiment: what if the (((slaveowners))) of the 19th century agreed to certain rules for their slaves like a 10 or 8 hour work day, three square meals a day, and certain Christian holidays off? I wonder if it would have survived in the west till this day.

The ultimate irony is if the institution of slavery comes back in the modern era. A person agrees that they want to become human chattel, get branded (marked?), and becomes a slave with certain rights, benefits, and requirements.
 
Slavery is permitted, but kidnapping is not. so the slavery in America during the 1800's is not permitted by the Bible.

Exodus 21:16
Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the kidnapper’s possession.

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I don't care what the old testament says (outside of proving Jesus' divinity as the son of God) since I am not a Jew. Jesus came to update the old laws with revised ones, simple as. Regardless, slavery at that time was the norm for several thousands of years prior and Christianity allowed it with certain rules and advisements.

Imagine how revolutionizing Christianity was for a slave to hear being born in bondage that accepting Christ gives you freedom in death.

What I find curious is how it was Christian whites who became abolitionists and ended slavery. Here's a fun thought experiment: what if the (((slaveowners))) of the 19th century agreed to certain rules for their slaves like a 10 or 8 hour work day, three square meals a day, and certain Christian holidays off? I wonder if it would have survived in the west till this day.

The ultimate irony is if the institution of slavery comes back in the modern era. A person agrees that they want to become human chattel, get branded (marked?), and becomes a slave with certain rights, benefits, and requirements.
If you turn your slaves into workers with rights, you don't need slavery. Maybe you allow them to have a union and to strike. In general, there are debates about Apostolic poverty, but owning a human being or several is not compatible with it. Christianity did not outright ban slavery, because the New Testament's aim was not to change the social fabric over night, but in the long term a Christian cannot own human beings, I would even say, extreme wealth is not Christian. And slavery was banned in Christian Europe very early. Luke 6:31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise - I do not want to be sold and be the property of someone and the slave owner does not want to be a slave himself.
 
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