God’s view of slavery

Leviticus 25:44-46 Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may acquire slaves. You may also acquire some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.


Why was God ever pro-slavery?

6 responses to “God’s view of slavery

  • Anonymous

    Slaves is such a interesting term, isn’t it. We hear “slave” and we think of people shackled and beaten and working 23 hours a day.

    Is this slave description ever given in Biblical times?

    Secondly the anti-slavery movement is less then 200 years old. You wouldn’t be asking this same question 1000 years ago. The Bible isn’t right or wrong based on current public opinion… 🙂

    • T

      Perhaps it does not say “shackled and beaten” per se, but then it also does not say “Held in high esteem and treated like an equal, and fairly”. Slave = slave. Where is the ambiguity in that? Please define “slave”.

      Also, You say that the bible isn’t right or wrong based on public opinion, but imply that slavery was fine 1000 years ago, but not now, because the “anti-slavery movement is less than 200 years old”. Ummmmmmm…. huh? Little contradiction?

      That’s BS. Deny any form of objectivity and there is no truth, no lie, no good or bad. Just “what one FEELS is right.” The Nazis were right, according to your logic. As were the Europeans who swept over the Americas, and the Spaniards as they destroyed the peoples of Central and South America. Those actions were “right” in their times.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps it would be best if you quit mocking and “having fun” with God’s Word.

    It is obvious that YOU are a slave…………to satan.

  • lenny


    Why is quoting scripture and asking a question about it “mocking and ‘having fun’ with God’s Word?”

  • chris

    perhaps avoiding the old testament all together might clear up some things…

    who’s running this blog anyways? anyone know how i can email him/her/it?

    and to anon.~this blog is actually quite fair & reasonable. no mockery, just simple inquisitive questions into haunting scriptures. chill yo! hah.

  • Mark Henderson

    Its it so simply and plainly written, a big job for the witty bible apologists! You CAN own slaves from countries around you. Just not you fellow Israelites. The Bible says so. Apparently, you can beat them too.

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