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Does The Bible Teach Slavery

"Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven." Does this verse prove that the Bible condones slavery?

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Yes we are all slaves to Christ, but not slaves to the world. Working for another person is a slave, the difference is you are not beaten and mistreated as slaves were and still are in some Countries. People still have a slave mentality towards immigants and refuse to acknowledge and erradicate it. I believe thats a more appropriate statement!
---Carla5754 on 3/28/08

Slavery in itself was not a bad thing If it was governed by the ''Word of God''. However the way men changed the rights and treatment of his worker is what abolished slavery thank God. It's the mental attitude of people unsaved ''christians'' towards others different to themselves that need to ABOLISHED and if all people were to examine their consience read the word unbiased they would know how to replace that negative with Gods perfect example of ''LOVE'' .
---Carla5754 on 3/28/08

Here's where this confusion comes from (at least in the US). In the 1800's the RCC took the position that for a slave, their main concern should be their spiritual freedom (i.e. salvation), and not their physical freedom. This was radically misunderstood by non-christians at the time to be a condoning of slavery. Christians, of course understand that is far better to die a slave and go to heaven than to die a free man and go to hell.
---Greyrider on 3/27/08

Yes, and all through the Bible slavery (servitude)is condoned. The law made sure that slaves were treated properly and were given freedom after a certain amount of time. In modern times slavery was so abused that it had to be abolished but it can and does work and is not against God.
---john on 3/27/08

Onesimus, as recorded in Philemon 1:10-19, was a Christian slave to a Christian master (see also Colossians 4:9). Letters from Ignatius record the outcome of this little story where this one-time slave became a Bishop of the early Catholic Churh. Ignatius was a contemporary of Onesimus and a student of the Apostles.
---lorra8574 on 6/13/07

No the bible does not condone slavery. Your Master could be your Boss on the job, could be your mom and dad or anyone in a position of authority over you. In a sense, we are to obey these people. And we are slaves to Jesus Christ..think about that. He hung,bled and died on the cross for our sins. He is our Master. We belong to Him. Bought with His precious blood.I am glad and willing to be a slave for Jesus Christ. Oh, how sweet it is!
---Robyn on 6/13/07

I thank God for slavery but not the brutality of it since my background means I would have been subjected to all sorts of wickedness by the hands of my own people. God would intend that because it exisited that those masters of that time treated their slaves well. Obviously they did not, but our masters back then treated my mum's family well and we own a lot of land, and did very well, but on my fathers side things would be much different.
---Carla5754 on 6/13/07

Slavery cannot be condoned, because the bible teaches you to put others first. Blacks have been enslaving each other in Africa from the begining. They were prisoners of war. The body of Moses refers to it, because Yahweh wanted all slaves to be eventually freed. Also having more than one wife is considered to be a form of slavery. See Solomon. Also your master in heaven is referring to Yahshua.
---Jacques on 8/14/06

The Bible deals with life as it is, not as it should be.

Nowhere does the Bible say that salvery is something good in itself; it's merely tolerated.

Don't forget, slaves weren't even considered human beings (consider the Dred Scott decision). So to the original audience, the ideas that the slave was really God's free man, the slave owner was God's slave, and that the Christian slave and Christian master were really brothers were new and astonishing and even revolutionary ideas.
---Jack on 7/12/06

The Bible records that there was slavery and regulates it but that is not the same as condoning it.
---Bruce5656 on 7/12/06

The Bible doesn't condone (sanction) slavery no more than God forces anyone to serve Him.

The Bible teaches 1.) Believers are to willingly serve God & then serve one another. 2.) Many biblical slaves were voluntary indentured servants (Eph. 6:5-9).

Daniel, Shadrack...& Joseph were God-fearing men forced into slavery. But, they were redeemed from terrible bondage & rewarded because of their faithfulness to God, i.e., blessed & became a blessing to others.
---Leon on 7/12/06

# 2) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" (Genesis 1:26 and 28). I don't think we were originally intended to have dominion (as applied in this verse) over eachother.
---Tbabe on 7/12/06

# 1) During the time that this passage was written, and throughout time, slavery was a common practice. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the Bible "condones" it. In modern times, this concept can be applied to employer/employee relationships.
---Tbabe on 7/12/06

I think the the bible conveys the story of slavery, but does not condone it. He made a way for man to fullfill his desire in a sinful world, but made use of it for his own Holy purpose. I do not hear of any slaves in Heavan and the Messianic world to come. Many people ask this question because they condone segregation and being superior as a religious lifestyle. My question is is : What is the intent of this question?
---Yochanon on 7/12/06

Sinse God allowed man to become servers of each other man also decided to enslave other nations for their own greed and not necessarily for Gods pleasure, Re: God did not intend to enslave innocent people, mankind did.
---Carla5754 on 7/12/06

I had a very famous Great, Great, Great, Great grandfather who loved his family despite us being slaves and my granfather was named after him, Slavery was a very bad thing but through it all I doubt if I would live in England and have met my Husband, as a survivor of slavery I would say God made a lot of things possible from a very bad thing.
---Carla5754 on 7/12/06

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