Black Religious Okie Doke – Myth #3: Slavery and the White Man’s Religion

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  1. Ed says:

    Great article and you would think most people would know this! The reason this simple knowledge is not known is because it is not taught in school! You have to admit the European form of Christianity was forced upon the Africans! Still today white Jesus hangs hi in the segregated churches of America!

  2. Jeff says:

    Good words.

    To be sure, slavery in the time & culture of the Bible was diverse. And much of it was horrific. Even so, comparing that to American chattel slavery – and using that as a basis for anti-Christian mentality – is ignoring the larger picture.

    Good words.

  3. Robin says:

    There were two types of slavery in the ancient world, including OT Israel. There was the indentured servitude sort, where you could sell yourself for a set period of time to pay off a loan. There was also a chattel slavery that was an alternative to death in the case of capital crimes. The logic is that if you commit a capital crime you give up your rights. The plaintiff might, in certain cases, grant you your life but you become their property; you and any descendants born after the fact. But even in the case of punishment-slavery, scripture forbids physically mistreating slaves, even prescribing freedom as the just remedy for certain injuries.

  4. Angela says:

    This was an excellent article.. I think that some people are confused because race as we know it did not exist in the Bible… There was region, tribe and country, but I believe not until about 400= years ago was race introduced to create a work force that would build this country from the ground up…..If you follow the money of every major institution in this country you fill find that money from slavery greater benefited it…..We can not let Satan use our situation to farther his agenda of keep us from God…..

  5. Conrad Deitrick says:

    I’m not sure you’re right about slavery in the Roman Empire. My understanding is that the institution as a whole was pretty horrific. Many slaves were taken as the spoils of warfare, and Rome was aggressively expansionist. Sexual exploitation of slaves was commonplace, culturally expected and completely legal–only citizens had the right to bodily inviolability. Slaves in Roman mines were basically worked to death in brutal conditions, and could not buy their freedom.

    I think that the New Testament passages about slaves pose a bigger problem than you are admitting here.

    1. Conrad Deitrick says:

      Just to clarify, I am certainly not saying that Roman slavery and American chattel slavery are the same thing. The racial aspect of slavery in America is a colossal difference that affects nearly everything. I’m just saying that I would not want to be in a position of trying to defend Roman slavery, because it was truly horrible on its own merits, and the more I learn about Roman slavery, the more deeply troubled I am by New Testament passages that seem to affirm or accept it.

  6. Bapo says:

    Mr. Richards,

    I just want to write to you and commend you brother for writing out these articles as of late in a blunt and simple way for Christians to understand. As a seminary student, there are some men and women who can not grasp simple concepts to breakdown the beauty and truth of God and Christianity, Thank you for what you do and stay the course. Hakuna Matata

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