This is part of a larger assault on Western history and society, which, by accident or design, plays into the hands of those who are today mounting on a global scale a sweeping and explicit cultural challenge to Judeo-Christian as well as post-Christian values.
March 4, at You refer to historians in part 2 of your comment; I suggest you do the same with respect to part 1. It merely says not to steal people for slavery, to treat them fairly, not to threaten them, and to remember that they and you the slaveowner both have a common master in heaven.
Anyway, you rush to judgment and presume that making that an immediate blanket prohibition of slavery would have been an unmitigated good.
You do not understand OT Hebrew slavery practices. You do not understand the contrast between that practice and the practice of surrounding nations. I do not believe that, but the fact that many people do believe it makes it useful as an illustration.
That is the viewpoint of the early 21st century. Suppose then God had the same idea, and had said so back in the early Hebrew centuries.
Even in that case the problems that would have caused would have been insurmountable at the time. There was at the time a strong association between sex and pagan religion. To have engage in relations with prostitutes of either sex, or with animals, or with the dead—all this was typical of pagan temple practice.
Further, there was at the time a strongly and widely held cultural opinion that marriage was for men and women just because marriage was the foundation of family. Marriage just meant a certain kind of man-woman relationship. And this was a widely entrenched view everywhere around the world: It would have been meaningless in that culture.
In order for that statement even to have meaning, human cultures would have had to develop entirely new ways of thinking about virtually everything related to marriage.
That change only took place in the early 21st century. Suppose back in the time of the Exodus God had prohibited ownership of slaves. Do you have any idea what social upheaval that would have caused?
Do you have any idea the impact on the poor? On the economy in general? Do you have any idea what it would have taken to adjust to such an abruptly new and revolutionary command? Do you think it would have been an unmitigated good to outlaw all forms of slavery at that time?
Do you have any knowledge basis for thinking that? Or is that as I suspect a rather ignorantly formed opinion? Similarly for NT slavery: People would have continued to own slaves as always.
And the gradual dissolution of the institution that I wrote of in the OP never would have come about.First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks.
It was here that , black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
Religion and race are two topics that rarely fail to spark debate and controversy, particularly if discussed online.
But a tweet sent by African-American author Trillia Newbell has been raising more than a few eyebrows.. Newbell, who is a Christian, tweeted to say that racism and Christianity “cannot coexist”.
Christianity has a long record of supporting slavery. While some Christians in modern times have opposed it, the overall record is one of . • Slavery removes people from a culture that “worshipped the devil, practiced witchcraft, and sorcery” and other evils.
• Slavery brings heathens to . It has become a feature of today’s atheist chic to shy bricks at Christianity for its record on slavery. This is part of a larger assault on Western history and society, which, by accident or design, plays into the hands of those who are today mounting on a global scale a sweeping and explicit.
Here are some of my favorite Stunning Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran from among the tens (10s) that are listed in the main sections, below.
1- Here is one stunning Numerical Miracle, from the 10s below, for you:The Glorious Quran has Chapters.