So Is Slavery Justified By the Bible?

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  1. General Mung Beans

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    I actually found the forum for the first time in 2010 thanks to this: http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=24247

    So is any form of slavery justified by the Bible? If so is Southern race-based slavery from the Civil War justified by the Bible? And by "justified" I mean morally sanctioned rather than just "even though slavery is immoral, slaves shouldn't revolt"?
     
  2. Scarlett O.

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    Three things.
    (1) An Old Testament teaching: Exodus 21:16 – “Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.”

    (2) A New Testament teaching: 1 Timothy 1:8-10 – “But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,…”

    (3) A commentary on what Biblical slavery was about: from http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-slavery.html

     
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  3. billwald

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    "Justified" is a "fighting word" unique to the Christian religion. Other religions don't use it.
     
  4. HeirofSalvation

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    Scarlett pretty much nailed it...a better term for the "slavery" of the OT would be what is called "indentured servitude"...I didn't see it mentioned in her post, but also all slaves were to be set free at the year of jubilee. That is, unless they prefered to stay.
     
  5. Bob Alkire

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    True slaves were only the gentiles who were acquired and sold in the pagan world. These remained the perpetual property of the family, and were treated as slaves in the social sense of the word (Lev. 25:44-46).

    You are correct about the Jewish folks who were called slaves.
     
  6. Melanie

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    Ugh...what an ugly subject.....still exists in the world

    The slavery of the past few centuries was often based exclusively on skin color.

    Not totally correct.....during the Napleonic Wars, when the politcal map of Europe and North Africa was very different than it is today, the Musselman often had Christian slaves, used for working the galleys and other ardeous labour. Women went into the hareems of course.
     
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