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"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."

March 17, 2010

Does the Bible Support Slavery?

First things first... Slavery never was, nor will it ever be, good. Not under any circumstances or cultural contexts of any time.

For someone to tell me the Bible does not support male chauvinism and slavery is a ridiculous lie! This guy once told me that the Bible's laws regarding slavery were designed to be beneficial to slaves, especially female slaves! The damned book tells us female slaves are for raping! It tells us that you can sell your daughter into sexual slavery, and that you must sell her as a sex slave to the man who rapes her because he made her unclean! It tells us that female slaves serve for an eternity, while the men get off after 6 years!
Are we really going to adopt a "you break it, you buy it" policy with our own daughters? The book even tells us it's okay to beat your slaves as long as they don't die from their injuries within 3 days! It tells us that we can never enslave Israelites (Jews) which sounds suspicious since the book was written by Jews. Sounds to self-serving to be from an almighty God. For a God that often deals in absolutes, this sounds like a God with a very specific, narrow and biased view of reality.

You know what would be beneficial to slaves?... For God to simply say, "No Slavery, period!" You think for one second, at any time in the history of the world, if God were to say "No Slavery, Ever!" We would just ignore him because his command doesn't fit the cultural context of the times? Fuck no! There wouldn't have ever been slavery if God had just said so!

The same guy told me that the men who abolished slavery did so because of strong Biblical convictions. Perhaps, but their convictions were not Biblically accurate! The Bible clearly expects us to keep slaves! I guess he forgot to mention that slavery was supported by earlier men who had strong Biblical convictions as well! Despite how much I hate slavery, I will say this, the men who used the Bible to support slavery actually had the Bible on their side!

If the Bible does not "support" slavery then it certainly does "enable" it. We go to Gods for special insight that only a God can bring. What kind of God tells you slavery is okay? A God that conforms to social norms? What kind of God is that?

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