The God of Slavery

((Reposted in response to a Christian’s post on slavery in the bible and exercised by Christians in history. She was rightly shocked, but apparantly found a way to reconcile the horror to herself and her faith. How about you? -kia))

God, in the OT law, actually gave instructions regulating and proscripting slavery. Ex 21. In the nt, there were instructions on how to treat your slaves, how slaves were not to run away from their masters and treat them with due respect, but not one word condemning, talking down, or outlawing slave ownership. Philmon was even about the return of a slave that had run away, accepted jesus, and was now being sent back to his ‘owner’ as a brother in christ.
Ownership of another human being, we all know nowadays, is never ever acceptable or conscienable. Seems that the god of the Bible didn’t know that. And that’s why his people throughout the centuries never knew that either, but rather practiced it with biblical authority.
Yes, it’s pretty hard to accept and understand. But that is what the Bible teaches.


Owning and controlling other people as property, or like animals is Evil. Period!!

The God of the bible had alot to say about the subject of slavery, both directly in the ot cmandments and regulations and indirectly thru ‘holy men of God who spoke as the spirit gave them inspiration’.

Here’s one of them

For Mandy’s information

There is no sense in pretending slavery in the old testament or new testament was different than what we know today.

(Edit 10/10/16: Or was equivalent to Parenthood in the slightest. -kia)

It was not. But even if it was…

Why regulate and allow for the ‘owning of other persons‘ when you could just denounce it and ‘thou shalt not’ it as what everyone with a conscience knows it to be… Morally Evil and repugnant?

Question for the crowd:

So if we all know that Slavery of ANY type is inherently Evil… Why doesn’t the God of the Bible know?



69 thoughts on “The God of Slavery

  1. There are really only two defenses that Christians can make either:
    1) Things were different then and it was never “God’s” long term ideal, but rather a temporary practical concession to human weakness; or
    2) Biblical slavery was more enlightened than what we think of as slavery and was more like a master/servant relationship.

    The second argument is especially popular among the apologetic crowd. But it is really just a rationalisation of the uncomfortable reality that the Bible teaches flawed morality.

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    • Hi Peter. I find both rationalizations pathetic. Neither deals with the question of why God would allow, condone and regulate such an obscene practice. Isn’t it great that we no longer have to make up ignorant excuses for the God of the bible?


  2. In the past, my liberal Christian upbringing/environment never even mentioned this area of our ”faith”, and I imagine it was similar for a great many Christians of our generation.
    One was never really encouraged to read the bible, other than specific texts the Vicar or Sunday School Teacher or School Teacher recommended during Service or RE, so the topic literally never arose in any form of conversation or dialogue.

    The apologetic answers had to be devised, largely I suspect , with the advent of the Internet.
    While Fundamentalists must have initially rubbed their hands in glee at the prospect of reaching untold millions of potential converts they somehow forgot that the entire biblical field of exegesis and hermeneutics quickly became available to every frakking doubting Thomas on the planet.

    The most popular term I have encountered with the hypocritical half wits is ”Indentured”.

    Oh, how they must hug themselves after coming up with this piece of shit excuse.

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