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Is Slavery Bibilical

Does the Bible teach slavery as being acceptable?

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Carla, you, just like everyone else on this blog, have a right to express your own feelings and points of view. As a Black woman living in the UK, I put more stock into your personal experiences than anything I may hear secondhand. Thanks for sharing your perspective, sis!

Cluny, slavery does still exist worldwide, including right here in America. Google human trafficking and you will find that it is a larger, more profitable business than drug trafficking or any other illegal trade, which means it is a major issue we should all work to eradicate...beginning with educating ourselves and prayer.

Mima, you asked a tough question. Did you learn anything new?
---AlwaysOn on 3/16/11

Sounds like tit for tat to me well black people have settled in now... we don't have a problem only if they don't want to integrate...

Like every nation that has suffered injustice there will be resentfulness but to equate this to simply not wanting to integrate, is simply not true.

Most Black people who do feel that way will almost be in rebellion to the racism or differential treatment they have suffered.

On a whole Black people in Britain will embrace white people under much of the same terms a white
people will embrace them.

So who's right here and who's wrong?

every member of my family is married to English men apart from 2 who are not either single or not married.

---Carla on 3/16/11

Why were women in the USA and Europe treated as "second class citizens"? (in no way comparable to black slavery). The answer is long and complicated. But as an American woman, I don't care!

What's past is past. Are women to continue feeling sorry for themselves because they started out at a disadvantage? Are they to still bemoan the fact that their grandmothers couldn't vote? Nonsense. That would certainly not gain them any respect!

For most women it only strengthens their resolve to overcome the prejudices of the past and prove themselves as worthy as any male.!
---Donna66 on 3/16/11

Carla, please tell me where slavery is still practiced except among Africans.
---Cluny on 3/16/11

Why is slavery still practiced in Africa? ~Cluny

Africa is a continent comprised of many different countries and cultures. Slavery is not practiced everywhere and in the few places where it exists, there is no single answer to cover all.

Some Arab North Africans enslave Black Africans because of racism and believing that Blacks are subhuman. Some Black Africans enslave other Black Africans because they've grown to believe that money and status makes one better than those who don't have either. Often, children are sold into enslavement unbeknownst to impoverished parents who believe children will receive an education with a new family. Read Slave by Mende Nazer or Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan for more info
---AlwaysOn on 3/16/11

I still interpret has earlier remark as being racist,
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/16/11

Interpret this mystery.
I love mine as much as you or other theirs.
Interpret defending mine as you defend yours.
More if you don't care.
I'm offended and reject racist tones of your implications that I owe a fawning allegiance ear to whine into, just for being another race.
Races claim they want acknowledgement as an individuals...quit throwing out collective race cards.
You wanna play it?
Interpret a race discussion then. Acknowledge weaknesses,sins, shortcomings of ur's as well.
Chop that with "your" race-ist axe.
---Trav on 3/16/11

Quite an enlightening blog, this is! If not for the facts on the subject matter, but for the opinions bloggers were willing to share here.

Andy and MarkV, I hear you. Yes, there is much to be learned and perhaps some things are better left unsaid. We're here now, though, and hopefully we can leave this thread better than when we found it.

Alan, Thanks for explaining Trav's style.

Trav, I appreciate you sharing your true feelings. My prayers are with you and your children.
---AlwaysOn on 3/16/11

Cluny ask yourself why black men/women beat/abuse/murder their husbands/ wives/boyfriend girlfriend, abuse/murder their children/other, and ask yourself the same question why white men beat/abuse/murder their wives their girlfriends abuse/murder their children/others
ask yourselves why all races are as guilty as each other then you answer why?

You pick out slavery as a slaying tool he who is without sin cast the first stone!
your answer is ignorant and stereotypical of someone who never read a history book in your life, clouded in prejudice.

Why were women in America treated as second class citizens?
---Carla on 3/16/11

Another mysrery as to what Trav is saying!

I still interpret has earlier remark as being racist,
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/16/11

Always On ... Trav often says things which can mean anything, then won't explain what he meant. In this case, I share your feeling about the target of his remark, and find it offensive
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/16/11

Truth is light. Some are offended by it. Find it hard myself at times.
Psalm 40:10
I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart, I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Psalm 96:13
Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
---Trav on 3/16/11

I thought I'd be courteous ...

And, no, rap music doesn't offend me. ---AlwaysOn on 3/15/11

You're so nice and you never whine on and on. Admirable.

Hey we love rappa's around here too!
We play this stuff at our church and get all excited over the "Bangin" "Gangin" and anti-whitey lyrics. Can't even hardly make out the cuss words most times.
So wholesome Biblical and bonding for all of us.

So we have something in doesn't offend us either.....long as it is in the Sudan.
Caught my kids listening to CDs of some of this vile filth few years ago and broke em all. Sorry if I hurt your feelings doing that. I'll send them to you next time.
---Trav on 3/16/11

Question for Carla or whoever....

Why is slavery still practiced in Africa?
---Cluny on 3/16/11

Carla ... I did not say the black immigrants in the 40s and 50s did not have hardships. It was perhaps not surprising that the existing population here found them different, they would never have seen a black person before.

But they have integrated well since then. although there will always be those (blacks included) who don't want to mix with others.

Always On ... Trav often says things which can mean anything, then won't explain what he meant. In this case, I share your feeling about the target of his remark, and find it offensive
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/16/11

I cannot believe what everyone here is saying. This kind of discussion should never come from born of the Spirit individuals. Most of us know about history, most of us know the cause of all this is sin. The very reason Christ died on the Cross for. Others want to blame someone else for the sin that is in them. We all have our opinions, but they should be kept to themselves. We are all brothers in Christ. Nothing should separate us. Let the world speak bad, we are not of the world.
---Mark_V. on 3/16/11

in reading this blog i see that there's still a lot to be learned. Myself i'm white and proud. my wife is black and beautifull. and before the Lord there is no difference, and that is where everything should stop. Know CARLA is 100 percent right, yet she is ALSO TOTALLY WRONG IN USING THE TERMS WHITE AND BLACK.every nation was a victim once of slavery and extermination. every people has been uprooted once on a certain point. My people was decimised in the 14-156th century. brought into slavery or just killed and burned. theChristian crusaders raped murdered and ransacked everyone they met on their way. the moors exterminated the entire Christian north- Africa. Berbers are still despised in their own country we can continue this for every ethnic
---andy3996 on 3/16/11

Trav, I asked because for several days we've been discussing Black people and then your comment posted. I don't want to make an assumption about who you're speaking of, so I thought I'd be courteous and ask you directly. And, no, rap music doesn't offend me. Is that who you were referring to, though-- Black people and rap music?
---AlwaysOn on 3/15/11

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In 2003, I applied for a job.

From viewing my application they knew I am an educated man. I first received a telephone interview. After this I was scheduled to interview in person.

I arrived at the interview early wearing a suit and tie. When this company saw that I was "A BLACK MAN" they never interviewed, me, but told me I was not what they were not what they were looking for. They told me to go back to where I came from.

When I shared this experience with others, I was told by others from the way I talk along with the way I carry myself, people know I have an education and would not be able to distinguish my race unless they met me in person.
---Rob on 3/15/11

Alan of Uk you would not have clue......

How badly black people were treated we were taught to shut up or we were put out onto the streets.

how do I know because My family were only able to rent from Asians luckily we had our family of 6 one room to ourselves.Not even the Council in the 60's housed the immigrates so readily.

many of the people I know lived with seven families in 1 room, had children and shared 1 cooker,1 toilet,1 line and had access to 1 garden if they were lucky enough.

Many Black people are too ashamed to tell the real truth and so don't bother, which by the response on this thread, I see why my parents have that attitude.
---Carla on 3/15/11

"Fill our prisons, filth for music,kill our kids and their own." ~Trav

Who are you referring to, Trav? Black people?
---AlwaysOn on 3/15/11

What made this group come to mind.
Why is this the only people you would ask this about? Rap music offend you?
---Trav on 3/15/11

Carla -- My great-grandfather was much against slavery. He gave his life to free the slaves (like your grandmother) He was "martyred" in the US Civil War.
---Donna66 on 3/15/11

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Thats what it sounded like to me, Always
---CraigA on 3/15/11

"Fill our prisons, filth for music,kill our kids and their own." ~Trav

Who are you referring to, Trav? Black people?
---AlwaysOn on 3/15/11

I am a living survivalist of a woman who gave birth to a child that was a very famous freedom fighter.

Our family have no affiliation to the Land that they live on based on her slave origin, those our cousins do not know we exist not do the heritage associations in the place that his house and land was built.

That tells you that the relationship of her plantation owner he had sexual relations with her yet he was married with a family.

Greatly exaggeration is the cries of my for parents whom told the stories of slavery my grandmother spoke in a lowly manner still in fear of someone over hearing her, My Granfather, fathers, father, was martyred for the love of his people.
---Carla on 3/15/11

Everyone knows that "TV shows" always present the complete and unbiased truth. Right?
---Donna66 on 3/15/11

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\\In fact, Carla, I think greatly exaggerates the suffering and exploitation of black people in the UK.\\

From what little I can tell on TV shows, black have never been treated as badly in the UK, or Europe generally, as they have been, and to a certain extent still are, in the USA.

But there will always be people who think that being a victim automatically gives them the moral high ground.
---Cluny on 3/13/11

With the end of European colonialism in Africa, on whom do the black Africans have to blame their problems today?

Who forced Idi Amin (as an example) to oppress, exploit, and even kill his own people?

What white regime is responsible for the autogenocide in Somalia, or for Christians being killed in Ethiopia or Eritrea?

Carla, if you hate America so much, what's to prevent you from returning to your wonderful homeland and getting rich there, where there are no white people to oppress you with their racism?
---Cluny on 3/11/11

Amen. Amen. And Amen.

Fill our prisons, filth for music,kill our kids and their own.

Psalm 11:3
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
---Trav on 3/13/11

The world goes through it's politically correct trends during every era in human history. Currently we see Humanism dominant in forcing it's religion, prejudices and injustices upon western societies through the media and political system.

But look beyond the injustices. God is greater and remember He works all things together for good for those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose Rom 8:28.

---Haz27 on 3/12/11

"Carla, if you hate America so much, what's to prevent you from returning to your wonderful homeland and getting rich there, where there are no white people to oppress you with their racism?" ~Cluny

Cluny, are we reading the same blog? I cannot find where Carla said she hated America. Please, kindly direct me to her statements to this regard.

Also, am I understanding you correctly that any Black person who doesn't like racism should return to Africa?
---AlwaysOn on 3/12/11

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Cluny ... I was not seeking to criticise what you said, but to inform you!

In fact, Carla, I think greatly exaggerates the suffering and exploitation of black people in the UK. We never had widespread slavery here. Most of our afro-caribbean population came willingly to this country after WW2, and have integrated well. If they have not, it is because they have not wanted to.

While the slave trade ent on, it would not have worked unless the local tribes in Africa were willing to sell their captives as slaves. I don't think the white traders went out to hunt and capture slaves.

Sadly there are many people in our country, as I expect there are in yours, who are always looking to blame someone else.,
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/12/11

\\Cluny ... I don't think Carla lives in the US, but in the UK.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/12/11\\

The principle still applies. If Carla feels so mistreated racially where she lives, she is always free to return to her wonderful homeland of Africa.
---Cluny on 3/12/11

Cluny ... British traders were involved in the slave trade ... taking black africans to America.

I think they purchased the slaves from whicever tribe they happened to be in contact with, that tribe having captured the slaves from a neighbouring tribe. I don't think the mohametans came into it at all.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/12/11

Carla, are you not aware that African blacks are selling each other into slavery--without the help of white slave traders?

And who do you think sold them to the mahometan slave traders, anyway?

Finally, while I'm glad that Obama broke the race barrier to the White House (not that I agree with his politics), I remember when some American blacks were complaining that he was not black enough, because he was not descended from West African slaves.
---Cluny on 3/12/11

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Cluny ... I don't think Carla lives in the US, but in the UK.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/12/11

\\Jews are still rich the Black population that was taken away from our homeland have had to struggle and still do today, the prejudices, ignorance and racism of society.\\

With the end of European colonialism in Africa, on whom do the black Africans have to blame their problems today?

Who forced Idi Amin (as an example) to oppress, exploit, and even kill his own people?

What white regime is responsible for the autogenocide in Somalia, or for Christians being killed in Ethiopia or Eritrea?

Carla, if you hate America so much, what's to prevent you from returning to your wonderful homeland and getting rich there, where there are no white people to oppress you with their racism?
---Cluny on 3/11/11

Carla, lets not get into a debate on how black americans have it worse than anyone else. We have a black President of the United States. Living proof that if a person stops feeling sorry for themself and puts forth their best effort they CAN make it in this country no matter what their ethnic background is.

There are no more excuses. All races in this country undergo some sort of discrimination. Its time to end the pity party and show a little pride.
---CraigA on 3/11/11


You have no idea how evil women, men, and children were treated they were raped, beaten and much much more, and while I can only bear this pain I give God thanks that I am saved and forgive.

But that does not take away the ignorance of people concerning those sufferings (Imagine) if your stomach will allow you to!!!

Jews are still rich the Black population that was taken away from our homeland have had to struggle and still do today, the prejudices, ignorance and racism of society.

Yet we still smile, we still laugh, we when allowed live, we fail, but we do try!

So your statement is ignorant and God Bless your understanding. Thank God you were not born Black!
---Carla on 3/11/11

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When we speak of slavery, we generally think of "the unjust confinement and use of human beings" - something that is always wrong. When the Bible speaks of it, however, it refers to both just and unjust versions of this. While we do not call it "slavery", there are times when we consider it just and proper to restrict a person's freedom, and even force him to work:
1. prisons and work farms for convicted criminals (The 13th amendment to the U.S. constituion expressly lists this as an exception to the prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude).
2. prisoners of war
3. garnishment of debtor's wages (you work, but others take what you make by force).
---StrongAxe on 3/7/11

Donna, the brainwashing effects of White superiority over Blacks and other people of color still exists today. Most are familiar with doll experiments. White and Black children select White dolls as good, smart, etc. While Black dolls are bad, ugly, etc. This brainwashing was necessary for the power structure.

Though many weren't wounded to the point of disablement (but many were), all were either beaten or lived under constant psychological fear of a beating, lynching or worse.

Buying a person in forced captivity or selling a mother's children makes even the most "normal" farmer complicit in an inhumane, sadistic system.

Kind people do not traffic humans, separate families and force people to labor for free.
---AlwaysOn on 3/6/11

EPHESEIANS 6:5 Bondservant be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to CHRIST.

LEVITICUS 25:44 And as your males and female slaves whom you may have from the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male female slaves,
LEVITICUS 25:45 Moreover you may buy the children of the stranger who dwell among you, and their families who are with you, which they beget in your land:and they shall shall become your property.
---RICHARDC on 3/6/11

We still have slavery, wage slavery, people producing wealth for capitalists and getting just enough in return to maintain life and not much more.
---John.usa on 3/6/11

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Always on-- I think you misrepresent slavery in the U.S. to some extent when you say
// These folk were cruel, immoral, murderous, sadistic, selfish people who brainwashed others to believe their delusions of being superior.//
No "brainwashing" needed. Slavery was practiced around the world then. And people, being sinners, naturally assume they are superior..

Only about 20% of plantation owners had slaves. Of those, not all were "murderous, sadistic" people. Many realized that if slaves were injured by beatings or not fed well enough, they could not work! Not that slaves were treated humanely, some suffered unthinkable cruelty, but slave owners were basically normal farmers, not sadistic monsters.
---Donna66 on 3/5/11

"The sin was on the part of the captors, not a result of a curse from God." ~Donna66

Perfect reply, Donna. Just perfect.

"Could be worse, Carla. Millions of you could have been killed for simply being black."

Millions of Blacks were killed during the Middle Passage, Craig. And millions more after arriving in America and living in captivity. These numbers rival, if not exceed, those of the Jewish holocaust. Further, Blacks are notoriously hated, even today, simply for being Black.

It's not a question of who had it worse. It was all evilness, across the board.

Carla, yes, truth, truth, truth!

Andy, thank you for using history as a teacher.

Jasheradan, precisely!
---AlwaysOn on 3/5/11

tonne--Have you known any "tribe" or nation who is not corrupt, who has no sin.? The "curse" on the nations is the same curse we ALL live under as descendants of Adam.

Sinful man loves to lord it over other people to make himself feel superior. This has been the root of slavery from the beginning of history.
The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans had slaves. Roman slaves faced hungry lions for the entertainment of crowds. And if they escaped their masters they could be crucified.
During the Ottoman Empire whole Irish towns were captured to be slaves in North Africa. Were the Irish more sinful than the than the Mohammedans who enslaved them? The sin was on the part of the captors, not a result of a curse from God.
---Donna66 on 3/4/11

Yes the first recorded history in the Bible was when the Israelites were held in bondage in Egypt? Slavery has always been here due to curses handed down by God to different tribes for transgressions. That has created racial divides.
---tonne on 3/3/11

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Could be worse, Carla. Millions of you could have been killed for simply being black.

Noone had it worse than the Jews and they are Gods chosen people.
---CraigA on 3/3/11

Black Africans were the worst treated slaves and they along with the Jews were treated badly and still are today, differently.

The Jews still have a solid background where as Blacks in Britain and America were so badly MASHED UP! we have no identity and our family members are scattered all over the world. We have no memory of who we are or where we came from because our names were changed, and our identity lost.

Show me who else is so depleted as a nation other than Black people? No guilty debate just plain simple truths.
---Carla on 3/3/11

Cluny Incorrectly you said that black mohamedans sold their fellow black people in slavery. I Live in TOGO -formally slave coast- it was rather animists, the FON EWE and ASHANTI that sold majority of the slaves to slavetraders, the mohamedans between the 15th and 19th century sold more WHITE seamen in slavery then black slaves. PS mohamedan is an incorrect appelations they follow ISLAM and not MOHAMMED.
---andy3996 on 3/3/11

In Congo there was a catholic kingdom between the 15 and 16th century, the COPTIC church in Ethiopia and Sudan is older then the RCC and even the the EGYPTIAN church. the difference is that usually before it rooted, Christianity was destroyed (new kings, new religions comeback of old religions etc.) what colonisation did was establish protection for local christians under attack and give a chance to white missionaries to establish something more permanent. Nevertheless most colonisators where hostille to missionaries because a missionarie is there to help, a coloniser to eat. still they could not refuse since the coloniser was supposed to be a christian. Some governments did honestly believe they where moral colonisers rather then occupiers
---andy3996 on 3/3/11

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-Your slavery in Christ is not a good thing?
-The Bible does not find being a slave to God acceptable?
Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth (douleuon) Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Titus 2:9-10 [Exhort] servants (doulous-slaves-NLT,NIV,ESV,RSV) to be obedient unto their own masters, [and] to please [them] well in all [things], not answering again, Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants (hedoulothete-(you) became slaves-NKJV,NLT,NIV,ESV,NASB,RSV) of righteousness.
---micha9344 on 3/2/11

Cluny, of course you can point it out. Just don't try to sugarcoat it or promote it as a good thing.
---AlwaysOn on 3/2/11

\\I think thats why we see so many black Muslims\\

Is it worth pointing out that most black slaves were sold into slavery by other black mahometans?

And that slavery--even black slaver--is still practiced in mahometan countries?
---Cluny on 3/2/11

I believe that too, AlwaysOn.
I think thats why we see so many black Muslims in the United States, especially when you have deviates such as the KKK representing Christianity in such a hateful way.
---Jasheradan on 3/2/11

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your kidding, right?
---larry on 3/2/11

Vast difference between mistreatment and murder. Torture, rape, beatings, separating families, forced labor without pay, holding people captive, placing a bounty on escapees, denying human rights, legal rights and denying a person's literal humanity is not revisionist history. Countless Blacks were also murdered.

Many captives (I do not call them slaves) learned of Messiah from Captors (I do not call them masters), but we will never know if the message would have been received otherwise. Christianity did not begin in the West, after all. You may also be interested in knowing that many today rebuke Christianity due to the way that it was forced upon Black captives and due to the antichrist behavior of the Whites that enslaved them.
---AlwaysOn on 3/1/11

2 quick answers. Yes I am a willing slave of Christ in that I am more than happy to do all He asks of me. Every human is a slave, either of God or of Satan, this is taught in the Bible.
2nd - Contrary to popular revisionist history most slave owners did not mistreat the slaves, you don't pay those kind of prices to just kill them. Look at this too, many of those slaves and their descendents game to Christ because of the preaching they heard here. Would you rather they be free in their own environment and be eternally lost or be exposed to the gospel even in less than ideal conditions.
---Harold on 2/28/11

Harold-- YOU are a "willing" slave. God has not forced you into a servant-hood you didn't want.

Carla-- The Japanese, if you look far enough into their history had slaves. They also made slaves of those they captured in WWII and none were treated more cruelly. The Native Americans, before Westerners came, had slaves (usually those conquered in war) that were horrifically abused.
---Donna66 on 2/25/11

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Harold, I don't think people have forgotten. Rather, they now realize that those who were once called master in the U.S. were not true masters. They had no moral right to enslave others. Today, we'd call these same people criminally insane.

These folk were cruel, immoral, murderous, sadistic, selfish people who brainwashed others to believe their delusions of being superior.

I disagree with holding the relationship that these people had with the humans that they captured as some sort of a model for a relationship we should have with our Father.
---AlwaysOn on 2/25/11

First I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not in favor of any form of human slavery. This said I want to add that since slavery was outlawed in the U.S. the people in this country have nearly lost the knowledge of what a master is, his authority and rights to those he owns. His commands and rules are absolute, never to be questioned. This has to be a Christians relationship to God.
---Harold on 2/25/11

Slavery is not praised or rejected in the Bible. In the Bible it is an acceptable norm of the day. The question raised in Bible is "How do you treat the person in slavery." Ref Philmon. Treating slaves as workers/people is acceptable. Some have treated slaves as property which is wrong.

---Scott on 2/24/11

The first slavery recorded in history was the Egypt holding the Israelites in bondage for 40 years. Perhaps they held them longer than that because they are now in power in the church.
---lisa on 2/24/11

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There is a new christian book coming out called "Slave" or "Slaves". I just ordered mine, I think it will be very good. It will probably answer a lot of questions.
---Tony on 2/23/11

Slavery existed in most societies at some point in their history (not just western ones). It's part of the sinful nature of men to want to have control of others.
Willing servanthood is a different matter.

Jhn 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you, if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
---Donna66 on 2/23/11

No not the slaves the western society killed, raped, and ostrisised for capital gain.

But yes there were slaves but none that I recall been required by God to live and die as the Black/Asian slaves did in the centries gone by.

but I could be wrong!!!!
---Carla on 2/23/11

"Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven." (Colossians 4:1) It does not tell "masters" to set their slaves or servants free, but be good to them.

Also, "Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it, but if you can be made free, rather use it." (1 Corinthians 7:21) Being a slave can be a calling of God, then . . . and more free in Jesus, than ones who are "free" > "For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord's freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ's slave. (1 Corinthians 7:22)
---Bill_willa6989 on 2/23/11

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I am a slave of the good master. I strive to do his will, but whether I succeed or not he still love me. He bought me with his blood on the cross. He does not ask me to do anything that will harm anyone or anything. The Bible teaches that we are slaves of either Satan or God. To whom do you bow.
---Harold on 2/23/11

How many of you that answered 'no' consider themselves slaves to Christ?
Does the Bible encourage or discourage a believer from thinking this way?
Are we not thinking of the corrupt form of slavery that is prevelant in this sin-filled world, or are we considering a biblical view of slavery in it's pure unadulterated form?
Doesn't the view of slavery depend on the character of the Master?
---micha9344 on 2/22/11

NO on slaves, and YES on servants.
---Eloy on 2/22/11

"Does the Bible teach slavery as being acceptable? No.
---Josef on 2/22/11

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however slavery is regulised in the bible, it does not indicate that the bible agrees with it. the rules about slavery are about making sure that those under those condition become more then just merchandise.
PS we are all slaves
SLAVE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in following Christ
SLAVE OF SIN AND DEATH in rebelling against Christ.
---andy3996 on 2/22/11

The Bible does promote slavery, but it has lost its pure meaning.
Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant(doulos-slave) of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants(doulos-slave) to obey, his servants(doulos) ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Gen 39:17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant(ebed-slave), which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
Most English translations have not used the word slave here for the very same reaon, because of the word's stigma.
We are bought for a price, we are His, our Lord and Master.
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---micha9344 on 2/21/11

Whether or not the bible can BE PERCEIVED as condoning/approving or tolerating something, no human being OF GODLY MIND AND HEART can/will approve of slavery. Freedom/liberty is the Godly mindset (what does YOUR spirit/character approve of?...God wants to know).

The bible did not hang on the cross or suffer the crown of thorns, etc., nor did it shed blood and water (1 John 5:6). Do GOD'S WILL, not 'the will of the bible'.

No one deserves freedom unless they also give it to EVERYONE else.

We are to be a SON of God, not a slave to Him...

Romans 8:15
"For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship".
---more_excellent_way on 2/21/11

While the Bible TOLERATED slavery, the same way it tolerated polygamy, nowhere is either presented as a good things.

In the NT, the Christian slave owner is presented as God's slave, and the Christian slave is God's free man (technical term for the period) and both are brothers, if they are Christians.

These ideas were revolutionary to people who had always heard that a slave was subhuman.
---Cluny on 2/21/11

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Slavery is a fact taught in the Bible, but so is sin, lieing, stealing, murder, immorality, etc. Just because something is taught in the bible doesn't mean God approves of it.
---Harold on 2/21/11

Sure hope you are not wanting a slave lol!
---Mary on 2/21/11

Slavery was a fact of life during Bible times of the old testament and in to most of the New Testament. The bible is ambivalent toward it slavery not condemning it but not encouraging it either.
---Blogger9211 on 2/21/11

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