0 SAB Does God Approve of Slavery?

Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate. Ezekiel 33:29

Trivia: Whose forehead was as hard as adamant and harder than flint?

Does God approve of slavery?

Yes, God approves of slavery.

Bible stories that show God's approval of slavery:
Rules for slave owners from the Hebrew Scriptures: Some of Jesus's parables seem to approve of slavery and beating slaves.
The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. Luke 12:46-47

But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. Luke 17:7-9

The New Testament's epistles approve of slavery and command slaves to obey their masters.
Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. 1 Corinthians 7:21-22

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. Ephesians 6:5

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ. Colossians 3:22

Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Colossians 4:1

Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. If any man teach otherwise ... he is proud, knowing nothing.... From such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:1-5

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. Titus 2:9-10

Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 1 Peter 2:18

No, God disapproves of slavery.

Slavery is contrary to the commandments of God
  • Love your neighbors. (Don't enslave them.)
    Love thy neighbor as thyself. Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:39
  • Don't do anything wrong to strangers. (Like enslave them.) Love strangers as yourself.
    The stranger ... you shall not do him wrong. . . . you shall love him as yourself. Leviticus 19:33-34
  • Pay workers a fair (nonzero) wage for their labors.
    Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. Leviticus 19:13

    Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbors service without wages, and giveth him not for his work. Jeremiah 22:13

    And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against ... those that oppress the hireling in his wages. Malachi 3:5

  • Proclaim liberty throughout the land. (In a land of liberty, everyone is free.)
    Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. Leviticus 25:10
  • Don't oppress one another. (Slavery is the untimate oppression.)
    Ye shall not therefore oppress one another. Leviticus 25:17
  • Don't rob or oppress the poor. (By making them slaves.)
    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: for the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Proverbs 22:22-23

    Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates: at his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee. Deuteronomy 24:14-15

  • Don't return runaway slaves to their owners.
    You shall not hand over to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you. He shall live with you in your midst, in the place which he shall choose in one of your towns where it pleases him; you shall not mistreat him. Deuteronomy 23:15-16
  • Don't call anyone your master. (Except for Jesus.)
    Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. Matthew 23:10
  • Don't serve other men. Serve only God.
    Be not ye the servants of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23
  • Instead of fasting, God want us to set slaves free.
    Is not this the fast that I have chosen? ... To undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6
    But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you. Mark 10:42-43
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