May the Word of God be in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.
Come Holy Spirit....
Greetings, and thank you for reading Scripture Demystified.
A few years ago, a TV personality and religion basher (especially Christianity) made the remark on his television show, after someone quoted the Bible, that, "The bible also says slavery is OK."
The Bible's commentary on slavery is not a new challenge for Bible readers. It has been debated for millenia, actually. But his comment, like much of his, and others, anti-religion diatribes, comes from ignorance of true scriptural meaning as well as context. (A lack of context is the cause of many person's misunderstanding of Scripture, for that matter.) This is why understanding the translation of ancient languages is so important, and Bibles that use the most up-to-date translations of those languages are the best one to use for study, especially as scholar's understanding of those ancient languages is constantly improving.
American's views of slavery come from our unfortunate history of slavery using African blacks forced to come to America and working in chains against their will and with no chance for freedom or even compensation. It was one of the most brutal human rights abuses in history. But does that reflect "slavery" going back thousands of years?
1 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God....
There are numerous other Apostles who are also "quoted" as calling themselves "slaves" of Christ, of God, etc. Think about that. If the Biblical languages meant slavery as we in America view it, does that even come close to our relationship with the Lord? Does he force us to do His will? Does he keep us in bondage and force us to worship Him? Of course not. He has given us free will do choose to follow Him or not follow Him. That is up to us to decide. He does not make us do anything, and if we were slaves as we know slavery, that would not be the case. However.....that does not mean we have not been purchased, as an indentured or hired servant might be: