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Biblical Verses used by Slave Masters to Justify Slavery

Posted by Reunionblackfamily. on May 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM

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Psalm 123:2 (New International Version (NIV)): As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy.

Ephesians 6:4-6: Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

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

Ephesians 6:9:And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Colossians 3:22:Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

Colossians 4:1:Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Titus 2:9:Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them,

1 Peter 2:18:Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

Slaveowners would read these verses to slaves as part of the worship services that they allowed (and controlled) as a means of encouraging the proper attitude among their slaves. Based upon these isolated verses, slaveowners claimed that the Bible supported slavery and taught slaves to be obedient to their masters.

On the surface, this certainly appears true. However, When looking at the evidence, one has to remember that the Bible was created in a time when slavery was certainly condoned. Paul’s letters mention slavery so often because Christianity appealed to slaves. Many slaves converted to the new religion of Christianity because of Christianity’s message of justice and freedom. Nonetheless, Christianity was an outlawed religion in the Roman Empire. Therefore, Paul counseled his followers, if they were slaves, to be peaceable and obedient so that further oppression would not be brought down on the heads of slaves as well as upon the members of the Church in general. The verses about obedience are not condoning slavery but are practical matters to try to prevent further suffering of Christians, whether slave or free.

The most compelling argument AGAINST slavery in the New Testament is Paul’s letter to Philemon, in which Paul asks a Christian to free his Christian slave. Most Christians countered these claims of Biblical support that owning slaves violated the spirit of Christian teaching.

Categories: Religions, Africa, Blacks History And Africa Education

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Reply Captain Swag
2:09 AM on June 24, 2014 
Too much slavery, not enough swag
Reply Willis S. Chambers
9:41 PM on May 3, 2014 
Two points:

1. PLEASE learn some English grammar.

2. Where are your sources? Do you have authorities to back what you're saying. I won't buy anything you say unless it can be backed with authoritarian experts.
Reply cologne
4:59 PM on April 18, 2014 
the diff between white slaves they werent slaves at all in america more like servants dont try to trick the teacher with half truth whites were never hung from trees and opressed for 400 years plus we were the closest thing to god on this earth being that we were here thousands of years before the white race was invented by ya-cub a black scientist who purposely made a race for evil ..yes its true but they wont teach us the truth
Reply Edwin Igbokwe
4:18 AM on March 28, 2014 
I hate to see or remember all this. It is disheartening and could lead one to hatred of the other race.
Reply Big Shane
1:03 AM on March 15, 2014 
The video has a gross misrepresentation of a Kemetic (Egyptian) hieroglyph in it's "slavery" segment.. The temple carving was not an example of slavery at all, It was of a Suten (King) warring with the Hyksos (west asian "shepherd kings" )who were invaders, traitors and sworn enemies to the kemites (native africans)... But europeans always louse that up.
Reply lauren
6:43 AM on March 7, 2014 
this is why it is imperative to read with understanding. THIS IS A BLOG which is an indication that this is an opinionated view of what someone perceived as as a theorized view of slavery and Christianity. I wrote a thesis on a similar topic but in regards to how African Americans begin to discipline their children based on what they perceived as discipline, aka whippings, physical abuse, leaving marks, corporal punishment, you get my drift. Today in the american community, if you are still AME, you will see how churches are run, like a business, less about teaching and saving souls. In psychology, hyper religion is a viewed as a mental illness since it can brainwash ones ability to see reality and have unrealistic views on life. Yes I am a Christian, but I refuse to be taught by preachers who's mission is making a quick buck through brainwashing individuals to pay tithes before your lights or rent. Read with understanding, spiritual gifts may go unnoticed if you don't.
Reply Renee Moore
9:47 AM on February 21, 2014 
These passages only support the fact that the Bible DOES NOT condone the brutal slavery that took place on this Continent. It specifically spells out the treatment of slaves and the 'slavery' is NOT generational nor for life. In fact, there is NO religion in the world, either Koran, Torah or Bible that condones the type of slavery that was created in the Americas. Renee Moore, www.solomonnorthupday.com
Reply Tawana M. Williams
11:35 PM on February 3, 2014 
It should be noted that the first convert to Christianity was an Ethiopian and the oldest Christian church is in Ethiopia. If you are giving out information, please give out the right information, if you are telling half of the story then you are doing the same thing as the white slave owner who manipulated scripture for their own purposes.
Reply Sweet
4:31 AM on February 2, 2014 
everyone commenting is retarded. don't get offended because this pokes holes in a belief you were raised into and never took the time to look into it yourself. THESE ARE PASSAGES SLAVE MASTERS USED TO MENTALLY CONTROL THEIR SLAVES. along with the story of moses and his sons and THE AFRICANS WERE THE CHILDREN OF HAM SO THEY SUFFER FOR HIS SINS IN SLAVERY. when they taught them christianity, this is what they preached brainwashing
Reply stepphon
11:28 PM on February 1, 2014 
There are many blessings that came out of slavery. For one, my very existence, I am strong, gorgeous, intelligent, and capable and despite any institutional and social normalcy; I am! This means that anything that binds me today is a mental bind; anything or anyone that raises up against me is my enemy. If I allow the enemy to bind me mentally and spiritually, then the enemy has control over both my mind and my conscience. I am!

Divine providence, IMO, has brought me along a path cut from a horrific history that has withstood the blood, sweat, tears, and fearful, dreadful shackled hands and feet. I was born unscathed, untouched, and innocent of the lynch mob and have redeemed by slave past by my own instruction and reason. In spite of white supremacy I understand history, mathematics, computing systems, physics, art, and music by standing on the shoulders of giants who wrote down their knowledgeable insight and observations. I cannot be bound by injustice, hatred, even murder, because I have no fear of such things. I cannot be bound by lies that are backed by science and religion that claim Caucasian superiority. I am!

Christianity started in Jerusalem and not Europe. Moses was a prince of Egypt (Jesus, as a child, hid in Egypt). Neither or these are white or Caucasian lands, nor are the indigenous people Caucasian. Neither Judaism nor Christianity originated as white religions; fyi .... Jesus doesn't have blue eyes, blond hair, nor was he good looking. Neither Hitler's Third Reich, The KKK, nor any other such group can claim to follow Jesus' teaching. Just because some whites have profaned Christianity, don't misrepresent. To insinuate that anything touched and used by evil whites is not a sound position anyway. They use math and science very well, no one says don't read or study what they teach in those areas.

Knowledge did not begin with, nor is it the sole purvey of white minds and neither is religion and especially not Christianity. Just as the white civilization came out of the "Dark Ages" with the knowledge learned from foreign lands, Christianity was a Middle-Eastern religion that grew strong from Roman persecution. With knowledge and wisdom, my character is a superior quality and I know exactly who and what I am.
Reply Butter
3:33 PM on August 24, 2013 
I wish I could say it was all b.s. If you read for understanding you can see, something I did years ago. I"ve checked four versus so far and he's not lying sorry.
Reply chyna doll
3:20 PM on August 18, 2013 
even though this video says "God" condoned all this, isn't it really "man", because a "man" wrote the Bible, not God. it was Man's interpretation. Its not taught in our Bible classes nor in church as it would really be offensive, wouldn't you say. We have a choice. God is in all people; the goodness inside. Not "man".
Reply james john
10:16 AM on July 9, 2013 
Ethio. says...
u make me ill. ahhh .. taking some portion of God's word is not the way to teach about bible. at first u r already a pagan. there is no way to believe ur ideas. how dare u blame God!!! ohhhh shit. blame peoples who used religion for bad like Catholic Church and peoples like uuuu. And Watch ur mouth!! be a with God's spirit as there are also evil spirits too
Reply Anthony Arrindell
8:49 AM on June 22, 2013 
The bible accepted slavery
Reply Benoni
5:24 AM on March 17, 2013 
The white came to Africa to enslave black ppl d origin of life and they did this well by covering it with the bible,passages lyk,don't do my prophet no harm and touch nt my anointed,tith and many more r they to deceive d blk man....wake up black man n lets return to our supreme being
Reply Harris
2:10 PM on March 10, 2013 
My people perish for lack of knowledge. May the good lord open our eyes to the truth in the Bible. The truth you know will set you free indeed.
Reply Harris
1:54 PM on March 10, 2013 
My people perish for lack of knowledge. May the good lord open our eyes to the truth in the Bible. The trut you know will set you free indeed.
Reply Anastacia
11:52 PM on February 9, 2013 
You are just another religious dump person. It is suprising that at this age and time, Africans are still believing in the religious crap sold to them by the white/caucasian people. People who our own African God were against when they set foot into our land and they look for propaganic way to sell their godless god to us so that they could oppress them more. Can't you figure it out how they have elivated our own God TO Voodoo/evil and their own God to all powerful and universal. This is just the same way everything bad is black and everything white is good. Or you don't know the concept behind why evertything that is regarded bad is labelled black. It sucks to know that the very people others are fighting for are those clamouring on to this western thing. Until you free yourself fro Europe-Isreal religion and arab-islam religion, you are still slaves.
Your mother says...
This is such bullshit, how many people will actually look in the bible to check if this is out of context or not ? Full of lies, like most anti God vids. You are just like religious fanatics, just on the opposite side.
Reply kgotso
1:25 PM on February 9, 2013 
ds iz a real eye opener 4 al blk ppl y do u think da message of forgiveness was emphasised so much aftr slavery? da white man came here wit a plan Africans nid 2 realise dat der ws no such thing as da bible until da white man came 2 Africa, Africans always believed in ancesstors.. dose wer our gods da ppl we worshiped an seeked guidance 4rm, which iz stl relevant til ds day dnt always assume or call sum1 a devil worshiper jst bcs dy dnt agree wit ur beliefs as a Christian
Reply Ethio.
4:47 PM on February 7, 2013 
u make me ill. ahhh .. taking some portion of God's word is not the way to teach about bible. at first u r already a pagan. there is no way to believe ur ideas. how dare u blame God!!! ohhhh shit. blame peoples who used religion for bad like Catholic Church and peoples like uuuu. And Watch ur mouth!! be a with God's spirit as there are also evil spirits too