The Bible and Slavery

All this renewed interest in the Bible because of the Passion of Christ movie has inadvertently brought to light some things I never noticed before. Jesus never spoke out against slavery even though it was part of the society. Slavery to me falls just behind murder on the pure evil list. People today see how plainly evil slavery is/was, so it leads to the conclusion that people today are more moral than 2000 years ago.

The debate about whether the 4th and 10th commandments should be allowed at the courthouse struck me as ironic. I realized that both commandments promoted slavery.

4th Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

10th. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor

Manservant or maidservant is the same as a slave. It just struck me funny how many times I’ve read or heard this and never noticed it was condoning slavery. So to me the document in no way belongs in a US courthouse.

2 thoughts on “The Bible and Slavery”

  1. Lev 25:44 [KJV] Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.
    [NIV] Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.

    Remember the question about this in the letter to Dr. Laura?

    Dr. Laura,
    Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

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