Doesn’t the Bible support slavery!?

I received a few comments on my last post that mistakenly concluded that the Bible endorses slavery and handful of other obvious evils.

These issues have been addressed repeatedly – and satisfactorily, in my opinion – over the centuries, so I’m not going to spend a great deal of time rehashing them here. If you have questions or crave more detailed explorations of the issues, Answers In Genesis is a great place to start. I’ve provide a link to their article on slavery:

As with other “gotcha” accusations hurled at Christianity over the years, the notion that the Bible endorses slavery is categorically untrue.

Time for some bullet points, yo:

  • Christianity makes it clear that everyone is of equal value in Christ, making the ownership of another human being a repulsive concept to any Christian.
  • While it is true that God provided guidelines for the treatment of slaves, that does not constitute approval or endorsement of slavery.
  • God only handed down laws and codes of conduct pertaining to evil acts, never acts of righteousness. There are rules pertaining to the treatment of slaves, but no such limits are put on acts of charity or love.
  • God provided strict guidelines as to the manner in which His followers were expected to conduct themselves within their contemporary cultures. In doing so, God was not endorsing corrupt societal constructs of the day (like slavery), only showing His people how to navigate that world honorably and morally.

Bonus round!

“Can morality exist without God?”

No. Have a read:

Finally, if tough questions about God, morality and the bible have caused you to reject Christ, know that you are making the worst mistake of your life (and afterlife). There are answers. Seek and you will find.

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”


3 thoughts on “Doesn’t the Bible support slavery!?

  1. It really bothers me that the same God that said: “Thou shalt not kill.” Didn’t also say: “Thou shall not enslave others.” Why could God command the one but not the other?


      1. Except that they were permitted to take slaves of other nations; God didn’t like Israelites taking Israelites as slaves; but he was fine with taking the Gibeonites as slaves because they had tricked the Israelites.


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