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The Bible Really Does Endorse Slavery!


GoodWithout_God from Twitter made the claim that slavery is endorsed and encouraged in the Bible. So the question is, Does the Bible Endorse and Encourage Slavery? Read the full text: findingtruthtoday.typepad.com Slavery in the Old Testament Slavery was a deeply rooted part of the economy and social structure of the ancient Near E and of the Graeco-Roman world. There were many ways a person could become a slave. The Old Testament tells about slavery from military conquest (Numbers 31:7-35; Deuteronomy 20:10-18; 2 Chronicles 28:8-15); how people could be bought and sold as slaves (Exodus 21:26-27; Leviticus 24:17); how people would sell their children to pay debt (2 Kings 4:1-7); obtain a slave as a gift (Gen 29:24) ; inherit a slave (Leviticus 25:46); and of how children of slaves became property of the master even if the father later became a free man (Exodus 21:4; Leviticus 25:54). One of the main reasons a person would become a slave was insolvency (bankruptcy), a person who was in default of payment for his debts laws of Exodus ( 21:2-4 ) and Deuteronomy ( 15:12 ). One of the reasons for insolvency was the high rates of interest charged in the ancient world (kind of like the rates for some credit cards today). The Israelites were protected, in theory at least, from this by legislation, written in Exodus, and repeated in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, which forbade them to charge interest of their fellow Israelites. Slavery in the New Testament There is one form of

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25 Responses to "The Bible Really Does Endorse Slavery!"

  1. EdOfTheNorth says:
    Of course slavery is endorsed by God but don’t forget that God speaks to and of matters of the mind and heart. Signing a contract with an employer to become his employee is slavery. Submiting to a king or anyone as an authority over you whom you must obey is Baal worship and is a manner of slavery. But we are to serve only TRUTH and LOVE as our God, Christ Jesus is His Name because He alone is TRUTH and LOVE in flesh, God in FORM. We must become slaves to Christ or perish. God’s Peace or War.
  2. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois If anyone “murders” someone be that person a slave or not, the penalty for murder is death; Gen 9:6: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image.” The 6th commandment says no murder. Murder must be punished by death Exo 21:12.

    Also, I am pro death penalty for murders and rapists. Are you Joe? Not everyone follows laws however so murders take place regardless as some people don’t care about life.

  3. joestfrancois says:
    @FindingTruthToday

    So if a man kills his slave he should be put to death?

  4. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois I’m not making an “interpretation” of the bible as you said I was; I wrote what the bible clearly states; Exo 21:12-14 states, “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.” Note the bible says “anyone” who murders anyone shall surely be put to death. But Joe as you and I both know, not everyone follows the law.
  5. joestfrancois says:
    @FindingTruthToday

    What did I twist? You quoted your bible and I asked for a clarification. If a man were to beat a slave to death, according to what you believe is recorded in your bible, should he should be put to death? I am not twisting anything, I am asking a question.

  6. FindingTruthToday says:
    @autonerf God gave to us the Ten Commandments which if we all followed, there would be no murder, rape, slavery, selling people, stealing, etc. So no, God isn’t okay with someone selling someone into slavery. Where does it say that the woman doesn’t have a right to say no? Note too that a maidservant (handmaid) isn’t for a man to marry, it is a woman servant. H ttp://ww w.merriam-webster.c om/dictionary/maidservant I’m sure the man could marry her if they both wanted to be married.
  7. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois Why do you choose to twist what I wrote Joe? Even though there are laws (by God or by man) doesn’t mean that all people follow them.
  8. joestfrancois says:
    @FindingTruthToday

    So according to your interpretation of your bible, if a man beats one of his slaves to death then he is then put to death?

  9. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois I had personal matters to take care of… where did you go? :-)
  10. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois 1 Tim 6:1-2 isn’t endorsing slavery, it is saying that if you are both a Christian and a slave, that you be the best slave you can be and not one who is disrespectful.
  11. joestfrancois says:
    Where did you go?
  12. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois In context Exo 21:12-14 states, “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death. Note “anyone” who strikes & kills shall surely be put to death. Capital punishment for murder is clearly described in Exodus & I’m sure, not many people committed murder for fear of being put to death for it when caught; but not everyone obeys the law as you know.

    read: htt p://findingtruthtoday.typepad.co m/finding-truth-today/2010/12/barbarous-rules-from-a-loving-god.ht ml

  13. joestfrancois says:
    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)

    Seems to me this endorses real slavery in your New Testament.

  14. joestfrancois says:
    @FindingTruthToday

    “If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property.” Exodus 21:20 NAS

    So if the slave dies, the slaveholder is then put to death. right?

  15. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois Murder is murder Joe. You are not giving verses Joe… which verses are you talking about?
  16. joestfrancois says:
    @FindingTruthToday

    So according to your interpretation of your bible, if a man beats one of his slaves to death then he is then put to death? Or is killing a slave considered murder?

  17. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois The basic sanction against murder is in Gen 9:6: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image.” The 6th commandment says no murder. Murder must be punished by death Exo 21:12. The penalty of death was mandatory for murder Num 35:31.Exo 21:22-25 two men are fighting with each other if pregnant wife is killed one injured must forfeit his life. Bible states kings took jurisdiction over homicide 2 Sam 13:19; 14:7, 11; 1 Kings 2:34
  18. joestfrancois says:
    @FindingTruthToday

    What does the bible say the punishment for beating a man to death should be?

  19. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois what you forgot Joe is that I allow you to continue to post and at another remark by you about me not answering your questions I will no longer allow you to post.

    I answered your question even though it was not based on the Bible, it was asking about me. Please ask your questions about the Bible and not about me. For your information, I believe in the death penalty for murders and rapists.

    Joe, if you ask another question not specifically about the Bible, you will be blocked.

  20. joestfrancois says:
    @FindingTruthToday

    I forgot that you are unable to answer questions. Let me try again.

    If a man beat another man to death, (not in self-defense), what punishment do you think he should receive.

  21. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois I wouldn’t beat a man or woman to death unless it was self-defense.
  22. joestfrancois says:
    @FindingTruthToday

    No verse, just wondering. If you beat a man or woman to death, what do you think the punishment should be?

  23. autonerf says:
    @FindingTruthToday This is the Lord’s set of rules we are reading right? God could have said, “A man shall not sell his daughter as a maidservant.” Instead, God says, “And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant.” All one can conclude from this law is God does not see a problem with men selling their daughters to other men to marry and be servants for them? The women having any free will in this matter is beyond me.
  24. FindingTruthToday says:
    @joestfrancois which verse are you asking about Joe?
  25. joestfrancois says:
    Hmm, what should the punishment for beating a man or woman to death be?

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