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Does the Bible Condone Slavery? To be sure, slavery is not the only issue the Bible causes us to question. The Old Testament is rife with palace intrigues, polygamy, divorce, violence and the like, and godly people are very often part of the problem.
Although the New Testament is decidedly improved, it still seems to fall far short of that which twenty-first century human rights would expect. To address issues of this kind, we need to step back and ask three larger questions: What are the major developments in the New Testament that give us a clue to interpretation of Old Testament ethics?
To begin with, it should not be forgotten that the Old Testament narratives contain codes which are ethical, ceremonial, and social. Therefore, their application to the present day should not always be considered in literal terms. The social elements of those narratives need not apply to us, and the ceremonial ones are largely fulfilled in the completed work of Christ.
It is the ethical aspects of Old Testament teaching with which we should be concerned, and there is indeed much to consider. As an example, on the way to Canaan, God tells his people through Moses that the alien, or foreigner, among them should not be oppressed Exodus The reason given is fascinating: The New Testament further gives us a paradigm to interpret Old Testament practices.
In one of their notorious fault-finding missions, the Pharisees test Jesus on the subject of divorce Matthew He initially appears to play into their hands, asking what Mosaic Law has to say on the subject.
The regulation of slavery should therefore be seen as a practical step to deal with the realities of the day resulting from human fall. The aberrations that lead to alienation among individuals, races, and nations are the result of a fundamental broken relationship between humankind and God.
Within this tragic scenario, Scripture comes as a breath of fresh air as it seeks to redeem the situation and sets us on a path of ever-increasing amelioration of our predicament. While the Bible does not reject slavery outright, the conclusion that it actually favours slavery is patently wrong.
In fact, the Bible teaches that the feeling of superiority in general is sin Philippians 2: The abolition of slavery is thus not only permissible by biblical standards, but demanded by biblical principles. The pre-fall statement that should guide and ultimately abolish such and any practices of superiority is the declaration that all humans—men and women—are made in the image of God.
On this principle, the Bible even lays the foundation for progressing far beyond what was possible in New Testament times by addressing the very economic discrimination and favouritism of which slavery is the worst expression James 2: Of course, lamentably, it must be admitted that the Church has taken many centuries to live out what Scripture taught long ago, and no doubt we continue to drag our feet.
Another reason many Christians continue to remain silent in the face of injustice is the platonic view of the cosmos we have adopted, implying that life in the hereafter is the only issue to be addressed, while we watch the world go by in its destructive way.
Both mentalities are sadly misguided. Those of us who say that we believe the Bible to be the Word of God have to raise our level of awareness and involvement regarding social issues.
Having failed to do so, we have let these issues pass into the hands of those who may not be Christians, but are better informed about social injustice and concerned enough to fight wrong practices through legal means.
While they have no logical basis to do what they are doing, the real tragedy is that we who do have a basis to address these issues remain largely indifferent. May the Lord of Scripture open our eyes to see that God is interested in the redemption of the whole of creation and not just disembodied souls and spirits!Does the Bible Condone slavery?
Is slavery permitted in the Bible? — A Biblical Examination — In our article about gay activist Dan Savage bullying and berating Christians at an “anti-bullying event”, Savage raised the point that “the Bible got the single greatest moral question of all time wrong” because in his mind the Bible condones slavery.
What does the word "apologetics" mean? The word "apologetics". is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia, which means, an apology..
Not an apology in the modern sense of the word - which is to say you're sorry for something. But rather, an apology in the ancient sense of the word - which is to make a reasoned defense of something or someone.
(See here for a Christian response.). Through years of participation in the life and culture of evangelical Christianity, a number of "difficult to understand" issues came to my attention.
Introduction to Exodus. By James M. Rochford.
Exodus explains God’s rescue of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. This entire historical event serves as a foreshadowing or “type” for how God will save people through Jesus from the world-system. Ok, first things first the information I’m sharing here is strictly speculative; and my intentions are to ask the question “Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?” Could we be seeing the rise of the charismatic figure spoken of through biblical scripture?
Worse, like Santa, the whole “Sky Daddy said so” argument ONLY works so long as the kid actually believes in Sky Daddy. The second a kid decides it's a scam (as I did at age 6) that argument becomes worse than useless.