Slavery in the New Testament

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    Oct 05, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    So in this recent thread (http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1855721) there was a lot of debate over how the bible views slavery. Some posters were arguing that slavery is condoned only in the Old Testament and that since Christians are supposed to follow the New Testament, the Old Testament doesn't apply.

    But here are some versus taken straight from the New Testament that make it pretty clear (at least to me) that no matter what testament you look at, God has no problem with slavery.

    "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ." Ephesians 6:5

    "Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them." 1 Timothy 6:1-2

    "The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. "But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given." Luke 12:47-48

    Just some food for thought.



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    Oct 05, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    This belongs in a different forum.
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    Oct 05, 2011 4:45 AM GMT

    Cardinal, thanks for pointing out the danger inherent in taking the book literally, written at a time when slavery was as normal as having a microwave oven today.
    Hopefully a few literal fundamentalists will see this topic, though it would do better in the Spirituality forums where they'll see it.


    -Doug
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    Oct 05, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    I think if we're going to choose a book to imitate in our life we should go with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
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    Oct 05, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
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    Oct 05, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    Sorry if I posted this in the wrong sub-forum! I didn't see that there was a "Spirituality" forum. But I also noticed that a lot of topics in the "All things gay" forum had nothing to do with being gay, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to put it here. Is there a way to move this thread or do I just have to delete it and start again?
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    Oct 05, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
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