Among the many things I don't like about that book, this one is one of the worst.
The damn thing condones slavery! What kinda crap is that? And no, I don't wanna hear any "well, those were the times" crap either. People say
it's the literal word of the Christian god, who is perfect and all that, so it has to be held to a higher standard.
Just look at this garbage
Ephesians 6: 5-8 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not
only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you
were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
Really? Obey your masters with respect and fear, like Jesus himself is whipping you.
Slave as if you were slaving your way into heaven, with
zest and gusto! Crap.
Colossians 3:22-24 Says basically the same thing here.
Timothy 6:1-2 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may
not be slandered. Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them
even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them.
Aww, look at that. Not only is it ok to have slaves, but if you are Christian, your slaves should work even harder for you! It also doesn't matter
if they are fellow Christians, they can still be your slaves. Wonderful.
Matthew 20:26-27 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your
Hey, this is Jesus talking! Oh, sure, he means slave in a way like serving people, sure. It's the message that counts, right? Notice the use of
servant and slave.
Timothy 2:9-10 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from
them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
Well, what can I say? It pretty much speaks for itself.
Exodus 21:2-11 Long, but lays out a list of things to do with your slaves and their kids. Excellent.
This is obviously a super-effective means of control. You tell people "hey, my god says you must obey me, slave, so obey." And it's even better
if they believe as well as you. "You're a Christian, so you gotta serve me even better than my heathen slaves." For real, though, how can someone
say no to being your slave when God says they have to obey you?
You know what the most ironic thing of all about this is? The OVERWHELMING majority of black Americans are Christian! Imagine that! I bet half of
them don't realize that the book condones slavery. This would explain why slavery was so effective in the US. I don't think the Romans told their
people that Zeus said they were slaves; they probably just heavy-handed them. See, if it's in your religion, you can't question it. That is
What a perfect way to enslave someone. First, convince yourself that it's ok, then convince them. That's like a double conspiracy there! After
you convince yourself God said it, you convince your slaves because you make them Christians. No, wait, it's a triple whammy of a conspiracy; after
you convert your slaves, you tell them that it's ok for Christians to enslave each other. You tell them that they have to break their backs for
their Christian brothers and masters. Damn, what a deal!
And if you make some excuse for it, remember that this is the Christian god's words here. Also keep in mind the consent of the Catholic church
during the African slave trade. You would think "the" religion would have set an example and spoke out during the slave trade. Guess not.
Arab slavers, Roman slavers, hell, even African slavers weren't this good. I guess that is genius...ok, maybe not. It's just taking advantage of
what your God says to do...wait, it's OBEYING your God.
But, I guess this is one of those things Christians can disregard about the word of God...like killing gays, sorceresses, people who have sex with
animals, kids, etc...
[edit on 23-2-2006 by truthseeka]