Let’s get on to another topic that needs to be addressed right now because I feel that it is a big stumbling block for people who want to know about Christianity but believes that Christianity and the bible condones slavery. This will have to be further discussed in detail in upcoming project but for now we here at Faith Defense Ministries feel compelled to get a handle over all of the mis information that has been placed out there about slavery in the bible and the way that the 17th century slave masters corrupted the words of the bible in order to suit their own needs and build this country off the backs of our ancestors. Slave masters read certain texts of the bible out to slaves in order to push their own agenda but slaves were forbidden to read. Ironically enough, slaves were beaten and killed if they read certain books out of the bible that spoke specifically on how slaves should and should not be treated. Specifically, the book of Exodus. Understand that this is a serious offense and we see why the word of the lord is alive meaning we can apply it to our everyday life there are also many different warnings on corrupting or changing words in the bible to suit your own needs which is exactly what slave masters
“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 4:2
I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. Revelation 22:28
The type of Slavery that was practiced on 17th century Africans was not the same slavery that was addressed in the bible. We are talking biblical slavery, which refers to ancient Middle Easterners who could not provide a living for themselves. In ancient Israel, people who could not provide for themselves or their families sold them into slavery so they would not die of starvation or exposure. In this way, a person would receive food and housing in exchange for labor. Yes, in a sense slavery was like a job or an indentured servant. A job with a 7 year contract. Of which you are not to be mistreated and you were to be released after the 7th year or the year of jubilee which was every 50 years whichever came first. Slavery in biblical times was not based on race
According to Old Testament law, anyone caught selling another person into slavery was to be executed:
“He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.” (Exodus 21:16)
So although there are rules in the bible about slavery, this does not in any way mean that God or the bible condones slavery. It was a very real practice during that time and these scriptures were strictly set up to protect the slave from torture and mistreatment.
“If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished.” (Exodus 21:20)
This is particularly why slaves, though given the bible were only allowed to know certain parts and those parts excluded the book of Exodus in fact if the people who used the bible actually followed the laws of slavery a lot of the tragedies that happened to our ancestors would not have happened according to the bible it was forbidden to Make slaves work on the Sabbath, return an escaped slave, “You shall not hand over to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you. (Deuteronomy 23:15) slander a slave, injuring and killing slaves was punishable up to death and you were to release your slave in 7 years or in the year of jubilee whichever came first.
People often times will bring up these scriptures in Ephesians to say how the bible justified slavery :
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
But this is why you must get into the bible on your own and not cherry pick scriptures or regurgitate what has been spoken to you. Really get a comprehensive understanding of the word and read it in full context. What they don’t read is the very next scripture:
And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. (Ephesians 6:9)
Do you see how if one was to stop reading at verse 8, there could be a big misunderstanding on the whole context of that section?
Another scripture that is often overlooked:
Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 4:1)
Many people that are not well versed in the bible will argue that one race was to be superior to another and therefore indebted to a life of servitude. Or that women are meant to serve men This is also a common misconception for it is written.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
If you don’t take anything else from this series, we at faith defense ministries want you to know that you must go out there and seek the truth and do your own research. Test the validity of the accusations and the information that you are receiving. Test that against the actual word of God and remember that the bible is over 3,400 years old and YouTube is 11 years old. For the living word is sharper than a double edged sword.