What does your common sense tell you about God?
Doesn't it seem that an all-loving, just God would think of slavery as an abomination just like any normal human being does? If any sort of all knowing, all loving God had written the Bible, shouldn't the Bible say, Slavery is wrong you may have no slaves ? Shouldn't one of the Commandments say, thou shalt not enslave ?Luke, Chapter 7, verse 2: Jesus shows that he is completely comfortable with the concept of slavery. Jesus heals the slave without any thought of freeing the slave or admonishing the slave's owner. Colossians, chapter 3, verse 22: God shows that he is in complete acceptance of a slave's position, and encourages slaves to work hard. This sentiment is repeated in Titus, chapter 2 verse 9:
- DaverLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
<<What does your <snip> you about God?>>
So called "common sense" is insufficient to comprehend God.
<<Doesn't it seem <snip> human being does?>>
God is not a human being. God is the Creator of human beings.
<<If any sort <snip> shalt not enslave?>>
See? That's what I'm talking about! Just because you say "common sense" doesn't mean you have it, nor does it mean you use it!
You see "slavery" in such plain, pedestrian, one-dimensional terms.
You've missed the point entirely! "Slavery" is the "natural" state of the fallen human race.
<<Luke, Chapter 7 <snip> concept of slavery.>>
That's because, unlike you, Jesus understands that "slavery" is part of the "human condition". There will always be highly placed people and there will always be the lowly; the master and the slaves.
<<Jesus heals the <snip> the slave's owner.>>
I can see you have a habit of missing the point.
Morally speaking, it's not wrong to be a slave or a master of slaves, so long as no member of one group does anything to offend the human dignity of anyone in the other group.
<<Colossians, chapter 3 <snip> 2 verse 9:>>
So. . . what. . . you don't think you should work hard to please your supervisor/boss at work? What, this notion of hard work offends you, why?
- TigerLv 77 years ago
There is a tendency to look at slavery as something of the past. But it is estimated that there are today over 27 million people in the world who are subject to slavery: forced labor, sex trade, inheritable property, etc. As those who have been redeemed from the slavery of sin, followers of Jesus Christ should be the foremost champions of ending human slavery in the world today. The question arises, though, why does the Bible not speak out strongly against slavery? Why does the Bible, in fact, seem to support the practice of human slavery?
The Bible does not specifically condemn the practice of slavery. It gives instructions on how slaves should be treated (Deuteronomy 15:12-15; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1), but does not outlaw slavery altogether. Many see this as the Bible condoning all forms of slavery. What many fail to understand is that slavery in biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the color of their skin. In Bible times, slavery was more a matter of social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, and even politicians were slaves of someone else. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their masters.
The slavery of the past few centuries was often based exclusively on skin color. In the United States, many black people were considered slaves because of their nationality; many slave owners truly believed black people to be inferior human beings. The Bible most definitely does condemn race-based slavery. Consider the slavery the Hebrews experienced when they were in Egypt. The Hebrews were slaves, not by choice, but because they were Hebrews (Exodus 13:14). The plagues God poured out on Egypt demonstrate how God feels about racial slavery (Exodus 7-11). So, yes, the Bible does condemn some forms of slavery. At the same time, the Bible does seem to allow for other forms. The key issue is that the slavery the Bible allowed for in no way resembled the racial slavery that plagued our world in the past few centuries.
In addition, both the Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of “man-stealing” which is what happened in Africa in the 19th century. Africans were rounded up by slave-hunters, who sold them to slave-traders, who brought them to the New World to work on plantations and farms. This practice is abhorrent to God. In fact, the penalty for such a crime in the Mosaic Law was death: “Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death” (Exodus 21:16). Similarly, in the New Testament, slave-traders are listed among those who are “ungodly and sinful” and are in the same category as those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, adulterers and perverts, and liars and perjurers (1 Timothy 1:8-10).
Another crucial point is that the purpose of the Bible is to point the way to salvation, not to reform society. The Bible often approaches issues from the inside out. If a person experiences the love, mercy, and grace of God by receiving His salvation, God will reform his soul, changing the way he thinks and acts. A person who has experienced God’s gift of salvation and freedom from the slavery of sin, as God reforms his soul, will realize that enslaving another human being is wrong. A person who has truly experienced God’s grace will in turn be gracious towards others. That would be the Bible’s prescription for ending slavery.
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- Anonymous7 years ago
Who has created all things in the best possible way. He commenced the creation of man from clay; then produced his seed from an extract of base fluid; then formed him and breathed His Spirit into him and gave you hearing, sight, and hearts. What little thanks you show! (Surat as-Sajda: 7-9)
O people, if you should be in doubt about the Resurrection, then [consider that] indeed, We created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh, formed and unformed – that We may show you. And We settle in the wombs whom We will for a specified term, then We bring you out as a child, and then [We develop you] that you may reach your [time of] maturity. And among you is he who is taken in [early] death, and among you is he who is returned to the most decrepit [old] age so that he knows, after [once having] knowledge, nothing. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down upon it rain, it quivers and swells and grows [something] of every beautiful kind.
Have you ever wondered about your tongue? It is one of the wonderful creations of Allah. Allah Ta'ala gave each of us one tongue. But this one tongue is able to taste thousands of different types of food and drinks. If our taste buds on the tongue were to become inactive, we would not know the difference between an orange or a stone..
Our eyes are taking 10 pictures per second. So on a daily basis, the eyes are constantly taking 576,000 pictures if a person sleeps for 8 hours. Which camera in this world can continue to function for years and years without being electronically charged like the eyes? Indeed, the creations of Allah are something to think about.
In addition, an average eye blinks 12 times a minute. That's an amazing 11,520 blinks a day if a person sleeps for 8 hours. There are diseases which prevent a person from blinking by causing the eye lids not to open or close. The people suffering from such diseases trully understand the value of blinking. Let us thank Allah for allowing us to blink over 10,000 times a day without paying a dollar
Moreover, like finger print, everyone has a different tongue print.
Allah knows that we need water. As a result, He created a system in the sky that produces water even as we talk, read, sleep, work and do other activities. This system is visible to us through the clouds.
Clouds are amazing creations of Allah. At least once in our lifetime we look at
Fruits and vegetables spring from the same soil and are watered with the same water, yet they come in a dazzling variety. When we consider the multitude of different tastes and smells of fruits and vegetables, the question of how such a variety ever came about in the first place comes to mind. What causes this miscellany of the tastes and fragrances of grapes, melons, kiwis, pineapples and the like, using the same water and minerals for centuries on end, yet without ever mixing them up with each other and without ever getting them confused? Allah gives them their matchless tastes and appearances.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Here's my view.
Creation and Evolution go hand in hand. We were created but have now evolved. The workings of the world down to a microscopic level are just too detailed to have happened by some big explosion from nothingness, a conscious being had to have some part to play but I don't think said conscious set out rules for us to follow, nor did they expect us to bow to their every commandment, if the conscious being did want this why not create us with free will and the knowledge to know better?Source(s): My mind.
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- 7 years ago
That it is a fictional character from the mythology of the ancient Middle East.
- EdgarLv 67 years ago
God didn't write the bible man did
- Anonymous7 years ago
Egypt's first born, Amalikites, flood, she bear sent to murder 42 children?
Common sense tells me if there was a supreme being it would not be a stinking baby killer.
- ๒LยЄฬ๏ภ๔ЄгLv 67 years ago
the god of the buybull and the koran isn't the real god if there's a god at all and that's doubtful.
- Anonymous7 years ago
If slavery is what brings one pleasure, why refuse it?
- Anonymous7 years ago
Well there you have it! The bible is vile and so was Jesus ....