Jesus, Christianity and Slavery

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

Jesus approved of Slavery or, at the very least, did not disapprove of it. Mankind has since decided that Slavery was immoral.

How can Jesus have been perfect if he believed in the morality of slavery?

Christians will jump through hoops to rationalize this. If Jesus were perfect AND the Alpha and Omega, the “man of his times” defense doesn’t work.

Here are passages from the New Testament:

The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.” (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)

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Jesus, here, appears to be approving of beating slaves for disobedience. Not only did he approve of the practive of human ownership, he believes that beating them is a fair practice.
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Below, the Bible actually gives rules to slave ownership:

If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.’ If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)

And here, the Bible speaks approvingly of sex slaves:

When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

AND it’s all good as long as the Master feeds, clothes and sexes ’em up!

This is basically tacit approval of prostitution and sex slavery.

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished.  If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.  (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

 

Only if the slave dies is beating punishable by God.  Otherwise, the Bible condones the beating of slaves.

 

 

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