One of your friends insists that the Bible promotes the institution of slavery. Using the books of Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians, how would you refute this?

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    • #95282712
      Nabile
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      “Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven” Colossians 4:1
      Independently if it was common back in those times to have slaves or not, I think that verse says it al.
      We do have a Master too, we are all in debt with Christ. Reality is, He will come again and His Father will judge everyone, His wrath which is righteous is going to be felt by many who did not believe in Christ, those who are not justified.
      But I also believe that after being justified the Spirit that is in us now, craves sanctification, the constant renewal of the mind(flesh) to continue abiding in Christ, and if so, we would not act inhumane against any other created being who is in the image of our very own Father.
      The kidnap and selling of Africans was very much wrong and completely against the sanctification of our soul (abiding in Christ).

    • #95280118
      Nicholas
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      The practice of slavery committed in the United States is condemned in the bible. What slave hunters and plantation owners did in the 16th to 19th century is a practice called “man-stealing.” Exodus 21:16 advises, “He who kidnaps a man whether he sells him, or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.”

      These slave hunters and plantation owners in the United States twisted the Word of God to make it appear that God condoned this barbaric act. Using scripture like Ephesians 6:5 and Colossians 3:22 to keep their victims in bondage by telling slaves, “to be obedient to their masters.” When we do not know the history of the scripture; evil people can use it to hold others in bondage.

      During the Apostle Paul’s writing slavery was not totally based on skin color, but more on economics. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debt or provide for their family. So, the scripture specifically in Ephesians and Colossians which deal with slaves and masters speaks to the fair treatment of those persons (slaves) who paid their debt in this manner. These scriptures also encourage slaves to work for their masters as they were working for God.

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      David
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      Slavery was not a cultural issue as slaves were usually a result of conquests of nations and most were treated as bondservants rather than pure slavery. Paul encouraged slaves to obey their masters in a useful manner and to seek their freedom if they could. The cultures at the time could not accept widespread emancipation of their bondservants and Paul was addressing their freedom in spiritual aspects.

    • #125500
      Kim
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      This was common during that time period. It wasn’t racially driven because there were many races that were enslaved. Paul also talked about the treatment of slaves and how the owner must treat them as God treats them. He also goes on to say that if any slave can acquire freedom, they should be allowed.

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      Our Daily Bread
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