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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

what does the bible say about slavery??part one

Old Testament Laws. When we come to the Old Testament laws about slavery, we discover that God prohibited taking a man or a woman by force for any reason.

And he who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death. (NASB) Exodus 21:16

If this law had been used, the Civil War would not have occurred. All slave traders would have been killed and slave trading would have stopped. We also find that God prohibited the return of a slave who ran away.

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. (NASB) Deut. 23:15-16

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