posted on Oct, 16 2016 @ 07:15 AM
a reply to: butcherguy
Pretty much you would think it would.
The thing is that Jesus was teaching within the confines of the human political systems of the time. The Pharisees tried to catch him out on that one
in order to condemn him too. That was where the quote about render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and render unto God what is God's is all about. They
were trying to trap him again.
So for him to openly condemn anything associated with the political systems of the day, like slavery, would have given the Pharisees leverage to get
the Roman overlords to condemn which they really didn't care much about. As far as they were concerned, he was a Jewish problem until he could be
proven to be fomenting unrest or something like it in the Roman Empire. They plain didn't care about Jewish internal religious politics.
It would be plainly like when both the Lutheran and Episcopal churches in the US split over their doctrine on homosexuality that one group or the
other went to the government and tried to get it to either bring pressure on the splitting group or to persecute the splitting group. Frankly, that
isn't the government's care until and unless members of the splitting group on one side or the other start to take rebellious action in a real way
against the interests of the government.
So with a lot of His teachings, Jesus walked that line to avoid being seen as an open enemy of Rome where He was already an enemy of the Pharisees and
critical of them.
Does that mean he supported and advocated a lot of things the Roman Empire did? I don't think so. As you say, the Golden Rule pretty much throws out
the idea of slavery if you are really thinking about it. But then again, being a submissive wife isn't such a bad deal if your husband is truly Christ
to you and your family too. Think about how He treated others.