Jul 20

Is Racism and Slavery supported in the Bible?

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Here's an opportunity for you biblical scholars to let us know what you think.

Would love to see people view points on this as slavery is still supported today. When they say they take American jobs that Americans won’t do they actually take jobs that dont pay an American wage. Many countries like China employ children to this day. I’ve yet to here the Bible stuff supporting it as it’s not something they preach about

Al, the Word of God calls what we call racism, favoritism. James addresses this in his epistle when it came to giving certain people the best seats because of their rich appearance. But judging people by appearance whether it’s how they dress, or what color their skin is, is condemned in the word of God. As far as slavery, it happened and was recorded in the pages of scripture. Nations took the captives as spoils of war and made them slaves. Some slaves were elevated in position to take care of their masters from morning to night and they when offered release would choose to serve their master out of love and become what was referred to as a bond-slave. It was their choosing. Many slaves had it better under masters than they had when they were free. They had a place to live, food to eat and whatever they needed to do what was required of them. Yes, there were cruel masters that beat and mistreated those they enslaved. But what I’m saying is while Gods Word as far as I can tell never encouraged or sanctioned slavery, it reported that it happened. And what the New Testament taught is for those in the owners position to treat those that were under their charge with respect. Paul’s letter to Philemon about Onesimus comes to mind.

What we know of slavery today and what is stressed of the cruelty has been and always will be condemned by those who know Christ as Lord and Savior.

Throughout the testaments the word slave is mentioned many times. Quite often in regards to how the master is to treat them. Paul and other writers in what is referred to as the New Testament go further and compare the fiscal act of slavery to our human condition; a slave to sin. Some people today are slaves to skin color, envy, and hatred. John 8:36 So if the Son (Christ) sets you free, you are free indeed. These people are in bondage and have yet to truly accept the Truth.

 

great points Scott

 

 

Excellent. Can’t wait to see others take. Especially those who use race to lead in any debate.

I am not a scholar but Leviticus 25 you may own male or female from neighboring countries. However, if you're a Christian, you should believe that Jesus fulfilled the law. Jesus had one golden rule. So, if your Christian end of debate. It isnt supported. I believe by the time of Christ the old testament was compiled. By 400 a.d. most of new correct? That is long before at least slavery in this country.

Yes. If you love your neighbor you arent going to steal cheat lie enslave. It encompasses all morality commandments. Jesus coming fulfilled the law /old testament, as I understand it.

To elaborate I believe do unto others as do unto others in Mathew and John it is stated as a new commandment live your neighbor as I have loved you. Either one would encompass any morality laws in the old testament in my opinion. Incidently it would nip bigotry to the gay community as well. :)

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