posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 05:31 PM
Originally posted by Lasheic
Perhaps, but are you saying that as a true adherent of your faith - or are you saying that as an adherent of a faith which has been tempered and
altered to fit without the social constructs of a secular and progressive society? A christian may believe that slavery is morally reprehensible - but
this is in contradiction to the teachings of their bible which endorses and lays out rules for the slave/master relationship.
Even if you are Christian, the morals you follow regarding the abolition of slavery and the equality of women are morals gained from living in a
secular society. You could almost say they are atheistic, because even if the people who worked to bring about these progressive morals were religious
themselves, they didn't necessarily get such views from their religious texts. It came from another, outside, source.
That depends on how you define a "true adherent of the faith". I have found that the secular definition of a "true Christian" is vastly different
than the Christian definition of a "true Christian". So you will need to explain your definition of "true adherent".
Regarding slavery, a slave in Biblical times was not always someone who was chained and shackled and put to forced labor. If you actually read the
Old Testament, you will find that in Hebrew culture, a slave was usually considered to be part of the household rather than a subhuman to be beaten
and forced. In fact, it was not uncommon for a person to willingly become a slave for the purpose of paying off a debt. Of course the willing slave
would be free again once their debt had been worked off. It should also be pointed out that slavery was not something that God had ordained. Rather,
it was something that he tolerated as long as it was done in a humane manner.
Before I explain my view on the equality of women, I will explain my view of the Bible. I do not consider the canonized Bible to be "God's inerrant
word". Having said that, I VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE people who deliberately look for things they don't like just so they can say that it is bunk. I see
the Bible as what it is. A source of documentation. A collected work by many authors which contains various forms of literature including history,
theology, philosophe, allegory, poetry, and prophecy. It is up to the reader to use discernment to understand what they are reading and what is its
purpose. And when I say discernment, I really do mean discernment and NOT just cherry picking the scriptures and discarding whatever offends our
fleshly modern opinions.
Most of the Biblical statements which appear to be sexist are found in the writings of the apostle Paul. I do not consider Paul's words to be on
equal ground with what Jesus did and taught. The writings of the apostle Paul were largely based on his own opinions rather than direct revelation
from God. I'm open to correction on that if I'm wrong but that is how I understand it. Jesus, on the other hand, didn't say or do anything that
implied that women were a "weaker vessel". At least not that I can think of. And if Jesus didn't do it, then I see no reason why I should.
Therefore, I can only conclude that women are equals rather than "weaker vessels".
Keep in mind that my loyalty is to God, not your secular society. My views on these issues are actually based on textual analysis and discernment, and
NOT on "secluar progressive" ideals.
[edit on 12/3/2008 by Lightmare]