* If You Haven't Signed the Colorado Personhood Petition: Virtually everyone at the RMCF meeting signed Colorado's Brady Amendment personhood petition! Why are all biblical creationists pro-life? Because we know that we haven't evolved from animals, but we're made in God's image! If you haven't yet signed please call Colorado RTL at 303-753-9394 to get a petition mailed to you. And if you're out of state, PLEASE call CRTL or go to their ColoradoRTL.org site and click on donate to give for the petition drive! Thanks.-Bob Enyart
What Does the Bible Say About Slavery?
- The Bible condemns kidnapping as a capital crime, and kidnapping is what fueled the African slave trade to America from the 1500s to 1800s. Therefore, because the Old and New Testaments (Ex. 21:16; 1 Tim. 1:9-10; etc.) condemn kidnapping, the teaching of Scripture condemns virtually the entirety of American slavery.
- The Bible shows the wickedness of enslaving a race of people by kidnapping through the Israelites bondage to the Egyptians, Assyrians, and Babylonians.
- The Bible speaks of justifiable forms of servitude as punishment for crime (Ex. 22:1-3), for unpaid debt (Lev 25:39), and as a deterrent against warfare. Consider a similar testimony from an anti-biblical source. Charles Darwin inherited the anti-slavery attitude of his parents (and even their parents supported the Christian abolitionist William Wilberforce). Yet even Darwin wrote in Descent of Man that "slavery" was "in some ways beneficial during ancient times..." Sadly though, the Darwin-inspired hatred for minorities and indigenous peoples was spurred on by grotesque, openly racists comments, and also to an extent by his comments in Origin of Species, he including his claim that, "...it is far more satisfactory to look at such instincts as... ants making slaves... not as specially endowed or created instincts, but as small consequences of one general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die."
- The Bible teaches that Hebrew slaves are to be released in their seventh year (Ex. 21:2), and at the year of Jubilee, and that they could be redeemed.
- The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution did not abolish slavery but retained justifiable slavery, which is moral, biblical, and avoids the tragedy of widespread bankruptcy and epidemic incarceration.
"Section 1--Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,
except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,
shall exist within the United States…" Amendment XIII, 1865
- Scripture prefaces commands of kindness toward slaves with a reminder that the Jews were slaves in Egypt (Lev. 25:42); do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- Because of Israel's national covenant with God, the Mosaic Law allowed foreigners to sell themselves as permanent slaves (Lev. 25:44) to the Jews, and they could also sell their own children (Lev. 25:45) to the Hebrews, which culturally seems unjust today, but this did deliver children from unfit parents. Also, in ancient times, mere survival was often nearly impossible, and scriptural regulations for polygamy and slavery would have mitigated the death rate.
- The New Testament teaches equitable treatment of bondservants: Col. 4:1; Eph 6:9.
- Yes, historically and tragically, Christians have justified ownership of black slaves, and yet, it was practicing evangelical Christian abolitionists like William Wilberforce and Harriet Tubman who heroically led the first to end slavery.
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