The Problem with slavery in the Bible

“the bible tells you how to own slaves. period. you can’t whitewash that even though it’s an embarrassment!”

The quote above is from a post on an atheist blog speaking out against Hobby Lobby and their win in court recently:

Here is my response to that quote:

The Bible also clarifies that we are all slaves. So yes, I would think that under the belief that we are all slaves it would give instructions.

Rom 7: 14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The
trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.

1 Cor 7:22
For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the
Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is
Christ’s slave.

Romans 6:5

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

The Bible, I hate to tell you, is not about human rights. God does not care about human rights. We have a right to go to hell and anything better than that is grace. Was not the Roman rule over the Jews wrong? Was it not an injustice? Yet Christ did not say “Rise up and kill your oppressors”, he said render unto Caesar what is his. He said love your enemy. He said turn the other cheek. Christ did not care about your rights. He cared about your soul. Christ had a right to rule the universe unscathed by the wickedness of this world but still he gave up all his rights and left the majesty and splendor of heaven to be born and laid in a pig trough only to to be whipped until his skin started falling off, only to be punched in the face being dared to prophecy where the next punch was coming from, onlt to have a crown of spikey thorns crushed upon his head, to be whipped into climbing up a hill with a several hundred pound block of wood pressing against his skinless back, to be nailed hands and feet and given vinegar for refreshment, to be crucified abandoned and hated… all by his own creation.

You speak of rights but the Bible calls the Christian to give up his rights for Christ and be a slave to him. It says the non-Christian is a slave to his sin.

Secondly, the Bible doesn’t give instructions for how to own a slave…

Doulos is the Greek word used in the verse referenced for “bond servant”. A bond servant was an indentured servant… a man who came to someone and sold themselves so that they would have food and shelter. That is not necessarily what our society defines as a slave.

Third, there is a book of the Bible… you may have heard of it. Its about the cruelty and hardship of slavery and God’s judgement on a nation for it… EXODUS maybe?

Also, there are other arguments against this:





About Randy

Randy Blackwell is the author of the Forgotten Portals series starting with Rise of the Magi which just came out at the end of 2012. Rise of the Magi is a Christian Fantasy Sci-fi Steampunk novel. It is available at (paperback and Kindle), Barnes and Noble in stores and online, and Books-a-million (online). An audio book is being made right now that will be available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. A screenplay has been written and is in the final stages of editing. Once the editing is done Randy is going to submit it to a Hollywood producer who has been waiting for a month to see it.
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