Why is it that Christians ignore the fact that God condoned slavery in the Bible?

It's funny how christians say that God tolerated slavery instead of condoning it. God himself specifically told his people that they can have slaves. He even said that you can beat your slave as much as you like, as long as you don't kill the slave! That's not called tolerating, it's called condoning and supporting slavery. And to say that God would be tolerable with something such as slavery is clearly laughable when God goes as far as ordering the death of disobedient children and cuts off the hands of women who grabs a man's jewels. Since when did God in the OT let humans have their way? Either they listen to God, or they die.

Some aplogists say that there was no other way for those people to survive if they weren't slaves. That's a really weak argument when your God is supposedly all-powerful. If Obama enslaved every jobless person in the US saying there's no other way for them to survive, we would call him incompetent and incapable. There are children starving to death everyday in Africa, why aren't God enslaving them to make sure they survive?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Having the slves whas not the big deal, it was the abuse. in b.c. times slvery was not corrupt or evil but around columbuses time, things got worse like kidnappings. I personally beleive that i would be against slavery if it was like in the b.c. days.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1) It's funny how christians say that God tolerated slavery instead of condoning it

    ? The meanings are synonymous (def *1*).

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=condone

    Why do you think it "funny" that Christians use a word that means the exact same thing as the word you would like us to use?

    2) He even said that you can beat your slave as much as you like, as long as you don't kill the slave!

    Nope - untrue. Read that again (verse 27)

    http://www.studybibleforum.com/htm_php.php3?do=jum...

    That would be one mighty expensive beating for the slave owner.

    3) That's not called tolerating, it's called condoning and supporting slavery.

    a) that is *not* called "supporting"

    b) tolerating = condoning. I'm guessing vocabulary isn't you're strong suit?

    4) And to say that God would be tolerable with something such as slavery is clearly laughable when God goes as far as ordering the death of disobedient children and cuts off the hands of women who grabs a man's jewels.

    Yikes! Not only are you sub-par in vocabulary, your reading skills are obviously in need of shoring up as well. Perhaps you should read *those* passages again as well - especially the lengthy and detailed requirements necessary for a parent to bring their child to trial, and the additional crimes the child must have committed for a judge to pass a sentence of death for "disobedience". <sheesh!>

    5) Since when did God in the OT let humans have their way?

    Since Adam and Eve, as I recall....

    6) Either they listen to God, or they die.

    Now, *this* is clearly the result of your not actually having read it. Go ahead - read it - and see who dies, and who doesn't, when God is disobeyed.

    7) Some aplogists say that there was no other way for those people to survive if they weren't slaves.

    I would not call anyone who employed such a lame excuse "an apologist"...

    8) If Obama enslaved every jobless person in the US saying there's no other way for them to survive, we would call him incompetent and incapable.

    No - we'd just string him up.

    Jim, http://www.bible-reviews. com

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  • 4 years ago

    You missed the part where it says that if slaves can get their freedom they should do so: 1 Corinthians 7:21 21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so. In an environment where slaves were nearly universally considered property, the bible instructs slave owners to treat slaves as if they had some rights, thousands of years before human rights became commonplace. Bear in mind the declaration of indpendence was written up by people who owned slaves and at the time had no intention of releasing the slaves. I should also point out that the bible started the whole rights for slaves concept, including every seventh year the commandment that all slaves must be released unless they love their slave owners so much that they want to stay for their whole lives apologists can also argue that Do you also realise that the only reason we as a society still live off slave labour? We just subcontracted the slavery out so we don't see it in our own backyard. Chances are many of the clothes you are wearing were made in some sweatshop, the food you're eating came from farms where the poor are exploited worse than slaves and they do so willingly because the only alternative is starvation and death. Even in the western world girls are sold as slaves in the sex industry. The only way to truly abolish slavery is to generate an economy that is sufficiently strong that we can afford to completely remove slavery, but nobody's economy is that strong, the best they can do is shift the problem to another country. Since slavery still exists and since we are still economically dependent on slavery we need to give those slaves as many rights as we can afford to give them. But we are in a no-win situation at the moment. If we buy cheap clothes, or cheap food we are supporting slavery, if we buy fair trade products we are condemning those slaves to starvation and death.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Slavery was different in the context of the Bible. The Jews never held an entire people in slavery, as happened in America with the African slaves. Slaves in this context were more like servants- they worked for their master to pay back a debt. They were not held against their will (except in the sense that their position was an economic necessity). Also, you are overlooking Collosians 4:1: "Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven."

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's not that we ignore it, it just doesn't prevail to the culture today.

    Slavery back then was not like it was over 100 years ago here in the states. Here they had no choice. Although some circumstances back then also made it not their choice. But a many of them made the choice, like you stated its a weak argument, but it was true. If one was of poor stature by becoming a slave it was easier to care for your families needs, and at 7 years you were released from your contract so to speak, it could be seen as contracted labor. The slave owner wasn't to be oppressive and like I said took care of their needs, a place to live, food, clothing, etc. This is why prodigall son decided to come home and be a slave, because he knew his needs would be met. being a day laborer which was someone who feed pigs back then would be one barely made enough to live on day to day.

    The problem is taking the word slave and seeing the travesty we did in the 1800's with the Africans we stole from their shores, and applying that same kind of slave definition when it is diffrent.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, what they usually say is that slaves entered servitude voluntarily, were paid a wage while the worked, and were freed after seven years. And contrary to what you have heard, injured slaves were compensated for their injuries. The problem is not the concept, but the 17th century word "slave."

    Most apologists study redaction criticism, and point out that Christian theologians, in general, do not believe that God condoned anything written in the Old Testament.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Why does God allow you to be taken by the balls by a woman and make you her slave. It's because of your ignorance and pride . You are a slave right now. To your own pride as a human. When God created you, you were not like this. you were an innocent. You learned this on your way to the grave. That's all your going to get.

    Men make men slaves. Egypt enslaved the Nation of Israel when they began to populate Egypt at a rapid rate. Because of their ignorance and pride.

    Pharaoh was afraid that Israel would take over the land. Fear, Pride , and ignorance made Egypt take men as slaves.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Bible has many seemingly ridiculous points. The key is to keep praying and praying until you know that Jesus is Your Savior, He is God, He is also the Son of God, He is also the Holy Ghost, and that you should give money to your pastor. Obliterating the mind with the power of the Lord will save you from considering the strange aspects of the Bible. The strange aspects of the Bible are a test of faith, you see. If you had enough faith you would be too blind to notice those aspects. It is the lack of faith that makes you question the one who has absolved you of your Sins (but still wants you to make lots of donations).

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  • 1 decade ago

    what about polygamy?

    Slavery in the bible was built on a class system not a racial system

    America indoctrinated slavery solely on a racial basis. If everyone

    had an equal opportunity to be a slave then I guess it would be like

    it was in the Bible. Slavery was based on being Non-white in

    America.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Look in the real world.

    Decode this lyrics " Say you say me"

    Self lack of knowledge and total loss of IQ.

    With misinterpretation, miscommunication,communication failures and communication break down in ruling, leading and guiding the survival lof living human kind in time.

    Luke 21,30-33

    Luke 9.25,55-56,60

    Luke 8.5-8,10-17

    Leviticus 4.13,22

    John 8.44

    Luke 16.13

    Matt 23.27

    Matt 22.17-21,32

    What do you think?

    Source(s): decoded from the missing x-files.
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