Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why does the Bible Support Slavery?

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright Hebrews 12:15-16 (KJV)


Taken out of context anyone can read anything into the Bible. Haters of God do this all the time and even those wolves that hide among the brethren in secret.(bad pastors) I'm on my break at work so I must respond clearly and quickly. The words used for slave in the verses are two different words meaning two different things.

1.       In one instant slave mean indentured servant .This is not as we perceive slave today where people are beaten and actual property of another person. That is a completely new European concept of slave.   But for the Jews slaves were part of a successful and functioning society. Many slaves had homes, and property of their own. And as slaves they did not remain slaves for all their life. At most they were slaves for only 7 years, and those who were fortunate remained slaves even less if they became slave near the year of Jubilee. (Ask your pastor to teach you about jubilee) The law of Moses in fact served to regulate the care of slaves by their Hebrews masters, i.e. Exodus 21:20 and 26, Leviticus 25:40. Consequently, Israel never captured and sold humans as did the Phoenicians and Philistines.  Children of slaves could even inherit the wealth of the slave master. This nothing like the slaves that you would think of.

2.       Secondly, slave is used as a person to who is in subjection to someone or something. (I.E  He is a slave to his drug additions) We who are in Christ should be a slave to the will of Christ. But you know from your walk with Christ that whom the Son set free ( from our sexual perversions, or drugs or financial circumstances) is free indeed (John 8:36)

o   We are easily led astray because we have no knowledge of scripture ourselves. This is why I am a stickler for King James Only Bible. Because other versions are not taken from the receptus textus (original text) or they are paraphrase version of some other text.  If you read the King James Version of these texts you will see that the word used is servant in most instants. I have not seen one version that has the translation he ( the person that made that post) used in the way they are used in any version. I would check your bible before I believe the devil.

o   If God wrote about Himself and His Son today through the hands of prophets   do you think He would say that there are gang rapes, child molestation, weapons of mass destruction, or black on black crime?  Or would God leave that part out?  Wouldn’t leaving them out be untruthful?  Fact is all these things exist,  All these things are real. And none of these things are the promoted by God. However if the bible did not address the fact that they are real then the Bible would be a lie.

Just because slavery is in the Bible does not mean God tolerates slavery, have you not read vengeance is mine says the LORD? (Isa 63:4, Romans 12:19)   Yet God in his concern for all men addresses the fullness of His word even in slavery. New Testament texts, such as Colossians4:1, Galatians 3:28, and the Book of Philemon, make the case for the inherent spiritual worth of slaves, which effectively laid a base for deep down authentic change in social practice, over time. God's way is often to work from within, dealing primarily with the spiritual component.

3.       Lastly we must learn to read scripture not with the mind of this world but with Godly wisdom. If we truly desire to understand the word of God we must rightly seek it in prayer (James 1:5) Because we read the Bible with worldly knowledge the way of God seems foolish to man (1Corinthians 1:25) Consider this Abraham, Jacob, Esau and King David, and King Solomon all had multiple wives. Now at first glance it would appear that the Bible condones many wives, but does it?  
o   Well because of two wives, Abraham had distension in his house, and the descendants of one son are to this day at war with the descendants of the other.(Genesis 16:4-6)
o   Jacob had four wives, and that led to the attempted murder of his favorite son.  and fighting among his wives (Genesis 30:1-2, Genesis 37:18-30) And the eventual separation of a nation at odd with itself.
o   King David had many wives, and even though  he was the apple of God’s eye God curse him (2 Samuel 12:9-10)
o   King Solomon though he was the riches and wisest man on earth he fell to the perversion of his many wives. (1 Kings 11:3)
o   In Hebrews12:15-16 we learn more about Esau then in all the Bible, We find that he was an adulterer  that it was the origin of his many problems, not just with him but with his family. (Genesis 26:34-35)


So I ask you knowing what you know about multiple wives tell me does the bible support or denounce many wives?  I think it’s easy to see the Bible is against many wives in the same way it is against modern day slavery. 

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