Slavery is a topic that gets under peoples skin. Some get really emotional about it to the point of tears, while others reach their peak of anger. The period of slavery as we were taught in school was not a pretty one. It was one of pain, oppression, restriction, violence, abuse, injustice, and even death.
Millions of individuals died during the slavery period. Slavery, however, existed long before the period we were taught in schools, all the way back to the days spoken about in the Bible.
The Hebrews, the set of people God led across the Red Sea, were once slaves in Egypt. When God led them into the desert, He gave them a set of rules to help keep them organized. Some of these rules pertain to how slaves are to be treated. Even though when God brought them out of Egypt they became free individuals, they themselves were now able to acquire and own slaves. As with all topics that pertain to slavery, some of these rules and or laws were hard to swallow.
Nevertheless, these laws can be found in the Bible.
“If you buy a slave (Hebrew), if he came alone, he will leave alone. If he was married, his wife will leave with him. If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children belong to his master; he will leave alone. But if the slave says: “I love my wife, my master and my children, I will not go free”, his master shall bring him to God; he will take him to the door or the doorpost, then his master will pierce his ear with an awl, and he shall serve him for life” (Exodus 21:3-6).
“When a man strikes his slave or his servant with a rod and he man dies at his hands, he shall be punished. But if the slave survives for a day or two, he will not be penalized since the slave is his property” (Exodus 21:20-21).
This is not meant to anger anyone. I am just making a connection in our historical and biblical past.
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Teach slaves to be subject to their masters, and to give satisfaction in every respect, instead of arguing.-Titus 2:9reply 0
There are cultures where being a slave is a joyous thing. However, majority of slavery depicts slavery as sad, demeaning and debasing. The slaves in such situations had to find ways of being joyful and to pass on that joy to their generations. When joy breaks down, eventually everything breaks down.0
A while back so many people became angered when celebrity star Kanye West said that slavery was A choice. Everyone became historians, anthropologists, sociologists, theologists and spiritualists discrediting Kanye's comment and condemning Him for saying it. Slavery was A choice for the planters, overseers and all those in charge. They chose to enslave other nationalities, ethnicities and races. The sad part of today's society is that the decendants of those who were slaves have now become the slave masters. They imprison, overwork, abuse, oppress and rape those who are under their care. So the institution of slavery still exist today.reply 0
Instead of abuse and hurting each other we should develop the habit of blessing each other. To be blessed is to be oneself a blessing (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). To bless someone is to speak well of him or her, and to be unblessed is to be bleeding in a very deep place. Blessing deconstricts the heart, and blessing begets blessing. Don't be afraid to try it.0
The story of slavery in the Old Testament should be viewed historically. We can read a lot of tough and cruel laws but when Christ came, all the laws were already summed into a new commandment which says, "Love your neighbor as you love yourselves."reply 0
True. Slavery goes waaaaayyyyy back and was in many societies. After Christ came, in the New Testament a slave was looked at as more than a piece of property. And, for those that have time, read the short but beautiful epistle to Philemon about Philemon's runaway slave. Depending upon the passage, for the New Testament passages I either apply them to the employee / employer relationship or how each person is a slave to sin until they surrender to Christ.reply 0
Bible is very peaceful book and it can't say anything wrong about slave I suggest every one must read biblereply 0
Hi rajahuja. About the Holy Bible, well, there are some mighty mighty rough passages in there too. Take, for example, Revelation 6 to 19. God's wrath is once again poured out, partly because sinners do not repent. God is loving, but most of all He is Holy. Sin will not be tolerated by Him. However, He is merciful and sins can be forgiven in Christ. Christ took our penalty so He can meet the righteous demands of the Father's righteousness for us. In all, though, the Holy Bible is a peaceful book for those who have made their peace with God through Christ.0
I was trying to show that slavery was in existence since the beginning of time. Over the years it has gotten more oppressive and demeaning. However, clearly we have not learnt how destructive such a system is. Just like the Israelites, we continue to make the same faults and failures over and over, but in our case it gets worse and worse. We shouldn't be surprised with how we treat one another. Those of us who know better should do better and be shinning examples for others to follow.0