Friday, May 11, 2007

[Theology] Little-Known Bible Verses VI: Slavery

"Civil rights leaders like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were famous for their use of biblical allusions to demand liberty for all human beings, and from their writings, many believers today have gotten the idea that the Bible teaches the equality of all people. But nothing could be farther from the truth, as we can see from a set of little-known Bible verses.


"The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. —Luke 12:46-47"


"These verses and others like them were not overlooked by slaveholders of the American antebellum. On the contrary, in the period leading up to the American Civil War, Southern slaveholders repeatedly cited these verses against abolitionists, as proof that slavery was a just and proper institution sanctioned by God." 10 May 2007

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I suggest you read one verse further in the passage that you're referring to.

"But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more."

It's important to realize that the bible was not giving doctrine concerning slavery in these particular verses. Rather, he was giving a parable to try to teach the idea that "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required."

Basically he wanted Christians to apply what they were learning from him.