Christians, does your god still support slavery?

The following passage shows that slaves are clearly property to be bought and sold like livestock.

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)

The following passage describes how the Hebrew slaves are to be treated.

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)

Notice how they can get a male Hebrew slave to become a permanent slave by keeping his wife and children hostage until he says he wants to become a permanent slave. What kind of family values are these?

The following passage describes the sickening practice of sex slavery. How can anyone think it is moral to sell your own daughter as a sex slave?

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)

So these are the Bible family values! A man can buy as many sex slaves as he wants as long as he feeds them, clothes them, and screws them!

What does the Bible say about beating slaves? It says you can beat both male and female slaves with a rod so hard that as long as they don’t die right away you are cleared of any wrong doing.

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)

You would think that Jesus and the New Testament would have a different view of slavery, but slavery is still approved of in the New Testament, as the following passages show.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

In the following parable, Jesus clearly approves of beating slaves even if they didn’t know they were doing anything wrong.

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)

4 Responses to “Christians, does your god still support slavery?”

  1. Voice in the Wilderness Says:

    A myth propped up by secular skeptics is that scripture sanctions slavery. Nothing could be further from the truth. First, it should be noted that far from extolling the "virtues" of slavery, the Bible denounces slavery as sin. The New Testament goes so far as to put slave traders in the same category as murderers, adulterers, perverts, and liars. (1 Timothy 1:10).

    Furthermore, slavery within the OT context was sanctioned due to economic realities rather than racial or sexual prejudices. Because bankruptcy laws did not exist, people would VOLUNTARILY sell themselves into slavery. A craftsman could thus use his skills in servitude to discharge a debt. Even a convicted thief could make restitution by serving as a slave (Exodus 22:3).

    Finally, while the Bible as a whole recognizes the reality of slavery it never promotes the practice of slavery. In fact, it was the application of biblical principles that ultimately led to the overthrow of slavery, both in ancient Israel and in the United States. Israel’s liberation from slavery in Egypt became the model for the liberation of slaves in general. In America, many are realizing the liberating biblical truth that ALL people are created by God with innate equality (Genesis 1:27; Acts 17:26-28; Galations 3:28).

    This is from Hank Hanagraaff, The Bible Answer Man, Bible Answer book, p120-121, you can buy it here:

    Voice in the Wilderness

  2. FastNFurious Says:

    Epic fail, Old Testament rules are cancelled out in the New Testament, well, most of the really old ones are.

  3. hmmmmmm...... Says:

    Epic Win.

    i still wonder why so many people blindly follow religion.

  4. Hogie Says:

    The old covenant dealt with faithless Israel on their level. This is why you read what you do in Hebrews 8:7. That covenant had flaws, as well as the people.

    Your N.T. citations reflect the reality of the times and the social structures extant. Such does not constitute evidence God "supports" slavery. It is treated as a reality of life.

    Your citation of Luke is analagous to how God will deal with Christians who don’t quite get with the program. They are still saved, but receive punishment in relation to what they did or did not do as believers.

    Slavery is used in analogy to describe a Christian. We are "slaves" of Christ, as it were. Our lives are dedicated to Him. Our lives are wrapped up in His life. Without Him, we have no real life.