Will Harriet Tubman go to Hell for being deceitful?
In case you don't know who she is remember the undergroud railroad.
- ddead_aliveLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Harriet was a Christian believer. She honored God above any established law of the government. Just as the Apostles did in their day.
Read this article:
The "Moses" of Her People
"I always tole God, 'I'm gwine [going] to hole stiddy on you, an' you've got to see me through.'"
In 1831 a Kentucky slave named Tice Davids made a break for the free state of Ohio by swimming across the Ohio River. His master trailed close behind and watched Davids wade ashore. When he looked again, Davids was nowhere to be found. Davids's master returned to Kentucky in a rage, exclaiming to his friends that Davids "must have gone off on an underground road." The name stuck, and the legend of the underground railroad was born.
It was another two decades before the underground railroad became a part of the national consciousness, mostly because of the heroic exploits of the underground railroad's most celebrated "conductor."
Black Moses Harriet Tubman was raised in slavery in eastern Maryland but escaped in 1849. When she first reached the North, she said later, "I looked at my hands to see if I was de same person now I was free. Dere was such a glory ober eberything, de sun came like gold through de trees and ober de fields, and I felt like I was in heaven."
Tubman was not satisfied with her own freedom, however. She made 19 return trips to the South and helped deliver at least 300 fellow slaves, boasting "I never lost a passenger." Her guidance of so many to freedom earned her the nickname "Moses."
Tubman's friends and fellow abolitionists claimed that the source of her strength came from her faith in God as deliverer and protector of the weak. "I always tole God," she said, "'I'm gwine [going] to hole stiddy on you, an' you've got to see me through.'"
Though infuriated slaveholders posted a $40,000 reward for her capture, she was never apprehended. "I can't die but once" became her motto, and with that philosophy she went about her mission of deliverance.
She always made her rescue attempts in winter but avoided actually going into plantations. Instead she waited for escaping slaves (to whom she had sent messages) to meet her eight or ten miles away. Slaves would leave plantations on Saturday nights so they wouldn't be missed until Monday morning, after the Sabbath. It would thus often be late on Monday afternoon before their owners would discover them missing. Only then did they post their reward signs, which men hired by Tubman would take down.
Because her rescue missions were fraught with danger, Tubman demanded strict obedience from her fugitives. A slave who returned to his master would likely be forced to reveal information that would compromise her mission. If a slave wanted to quit in the midst of a rescue, Tubman would hold a revolver to his head and ask him to reconsider.
Asked whether she would actually kill a reluctant escapee, she replied, "Yes, if he was weak enough to give out, he'd be weak enough to betray us all and all who had helped us, and do you think I'd let so many die just for one coward man?"
She never had to shoot any slave she helped, but she did come close with one: "I told the boys to get their guns ready, and shoot him. They'd have done it in a minute; but when he heard that, he jumped right up and went on as well as anybody."
Tubman said she would listen carefully to the voice of God as she led slaves north, and she would only go where she felt God was leading her. Fellow abolitionist Thomas Garrett said of her, "I never met any person of any color who had more confidence in the voice of God."
Tubman became a friend of many of the best-known abolitionists and their sympathizers. John Brown referred to her in his letters as "one of the best and bravest persons on this continent—General Tubman as we call her."
During the Civil War, Tubman served as a nurse, laundress, and spy with Union forces along the coast of South Carolina. After the war, she made her home in Auburn, New York, and, despite numerous honors, spent her last years in poverty. Not until 30 years after the war was she granted a government pension in recognition of her work for the Federal Army.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Without doing the research here, I'm treading on thin ice not knowing what I'm talking about. Understand that.
That being said, I am sure people can interpret some of what Harriet Tubman did as being deceitful. If you look at it in the whole context of what she did, though, I'd imagine she was probably trying to save the most number of people she could. If that meant a few people had to be betrayed in order to save many others, then that's the way it had to be. You see similar awful situations of betrayal during the Nazi regime. A good practical example of this was "Schindler's List". Watch it. When you can't save them all, you save what you can. When you do that it puts you in evil situations like these where you are too small to take on the whole system alone, you realize you save yourself so you can come back to fight another day and save others. This makes you betray some individuals. But.....in the end you save more people.
P.S. - I was not there. I am not qualified to question Harriet Tubman. I doubt you are either.
- 5 years ago
Everyone, please read your Bible or at least watch "The Ten Commandments". The only people going to Hell from slavery times is the salvemasters who beat/killed slaves, broke up families, raped slave women and twisted the words in Bible to justify slavery. God is a just God and will probably do to the slavemasters what he did to the Egyptians who mercilessly enslaved the Jews.
To think that any ill will become of Harriet Tubman's soul, also means that the hundreds of white abolitionists who helped on the underground railroad will go to hell too......
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Well, if it's a christian god judging her, then she is. Since god had no problem with slavery and she was subverting it then she was committing a 'sin' by freeing slaves.
A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master (Matt. 10:24)
According to christianity she should have been content with her role as a slave. Fighting back against your master is a no no.
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- 1 decade ago
Well actually that is between she and God. Even though I think that she was a very brave woman I don't know her heart the way that God does. Plus everyone has a chance to ask forgiveness. She may have other things in her life to ask forgiveness for. It's up to God to decide.
- evolverLv 61 decade ago
Jesus could forgive Peter for a far more selfish deceit ("Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times" - but then on the shore after fishing in John, he allowed Peter to affirm him three times.)
She once said, "I always told God I'm going to hold steady on you, an' you've got to see me through."
About this St. Paul wrote, "For what does the scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.'
Harriet gave what she did up to God. For her, that was enough. And for God, it was more than enough.
- mrsdokterLv 51 decade ago
I doubt it. What she did saved lives and no amount of deceit would send her to Hell for that. The only thing that will send you to Hell is evil combined with the disbelief of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
- 1 decade ago
there is no Hell, but if there was, "God" would be a total asshole if he sent Harriet Tubman there.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
If so, that doesn't bode well for Scott McClellan or Tony Snow.
- Dead Man WalkingLv 41 decade ago
She was justified in her actions. She was morally right.
Neither buy admittance in to Heaven.
If she is in Heaven it because of faith not just actions.