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Friday, December 12, 2008

Slavery in the USA/Traditional Christians/Homosexuality & the Bible




Slavery in the USA/Traditional Christians/Homosexuality & the Bible

Did you know that there are countless scriptures through-out the bible that supports slavery? I stopped counting at 65.
Did you know that The Law of God known as the Mosaic Law supported slavery and the slaves were considered property?
Did you know that there are scriptures in the bible that gives instructions to the slave owners of how to treat their slaves?
Did you know that there are also scriptures in the bible instructing slaves of how to be obedient to their masters?
Did you also know that at the time of the Civil War that some people justified USA southern slavery by appealing to the bible? Did you know that those people considered themselves Traditional Christians?
Finally, did you know that some slaves would rather the security of enslavement?



Exodus 21:1 “Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them: 2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing. 3 If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. 5 But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ 6 then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.7 “And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. 8 If she does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. 9 And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. 10 If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights. 11 And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free, without paying money.
Leviticus 25:43-45 43 You shall not rule over him with rigor, but you shall fear your God. 44 And as for your male and female slaves whom you may have—from the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves. 45 Moreover you may buy the children of the strangers who dwell among you, and their families who are with you, whom they beget in your land; and they shall become your property.

Colossians 3:11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Deuteronomy 24:22 And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this thing.
Deuteronomy 28:68 And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

When you hear the word slavery in today’s culture, you think about what you have learned from this country's reprehensible past concerning slavery; it brings about an uncomfortable feeling when you think of the hate and resistance generations after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Did you know that there are 6 scriptures in the bible that are used to condemn people that were born homosexual and that if you read those scriptures historically correct (looking up the Greek/Hebrew definitions) you will find that the crux of those 4 scriptures are condemning male prostitution and rape; and the other 2 scriptures are more of the Mosaic Law that was given at the same time when God's law recognized and supported slavery and a host of other laws that would not be tolerated in today’s society.

Galatians 3:10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law." 11Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith.” 12The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them." 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." 14He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

There are many of you who know within your heart that you were born or may have later discovered that you are homosexual or lesbian; traditional religion has enslaved and bound you by defining the very essence of your homosexual origin as evil, unnatural and ungodly. Therefore you have taken on a slave-like mentality of succumbing to the fear and intimidation of this strong religious establishment that has controlled and enslaved millions of people for many centuries.
The same Traditional Religious Christian establishment that appealed to the bible to justify southern slavery in the USA is the source of today’s Traditional Religious Christian establishment that is enslaving a large sector of God's children that they simply care not to understand. This Religious Traditional Christian establishment has created their own doctrine postulating and pontificating on the prohibition of homosexuality in their religious institutions. These religious institutions are entrenched with homosexual, ex-homosexual, lesbian and ex-lesbian people that would rather the security of enslavement. Why would they rather the security of enslavement? They would rather enslavement due to fear and intimidation of the traditional religious doctrine, society and of their religious masters.


Many of the white founding fathers of this country started and served in anti-slavery societies such as William Livingston, Richard Basset, James Madison, Richard Stockton, James Monroe, Bushrod Washington, John Marshall & Zephaniah Swift and many more who some how concluded that it was cruel, in-humane and un-godly to treat other human beings as property although you can find support in the holy bible.
http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=120

The bible is the Good Book not to be used as a divisive tool to demonize and define a sector of God’s people as evil.

Galatians 3:10 All who rely on observing the law (Mosaic Law) are under a curse.
11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith.”

My conclusion is to encourage you to read and learn about the life of Jesus (in the New Testament) and to understand why God so loved this world that he sent his only son Jesus Christ to walk this earth, sacrifice his life on the cross at Calvary, resurrected him and ascended him to heaven to sit at his right hand side to intercede for us. Jesus Christ established the spirit of freedom away from the old law. Go back to the Old Testament and read about the laws that God gave to Moses (The Mosaic Law) for that period in history; you will be compelled to live by the standards and promises of Jesus Christ as a way of life.


St. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Samuel

I would love to hear your comments. If you have an experience that you would like to share and you would like to have it posted/featured on this site, email son_of_a_bishop3000@yahoo.com

6 comments:

Darius T. Williams said...

What's up sir? Where have you been?

Anyway, so I just finished a class this past semester - African American History up to 1865...I was shocked at how slave masters used scripture in the bible to justify slavery...just shocked.

D.Matt said...

Sam, U R an amazing & gifted writer… not only because your views & experiences R very similar 2 mine, but because U have a way with words & a way of relating 2 your reading audience. More people should B able 2 read this & realize that this life wasn’t a choice & that a lot of us R God loving individuals.

I also enjoyed the informative piece on slavery & the Bible. I just recently saw a television program on this very subject! It’s wild how so many different people can read the same verses & have so many different interpretations!!!

Keep up the excellent work!!!!

D.Matt

Anonymous said...

Hello Samuel

I just received your latest writing on PKs and Children of the Church, I just read a few paragraphs and I think that it will be extremely informative and enlightening for me. This is just what I need at this time.

My brother please continue to allow the Lord to use you mightily.

One Man’s Opinion said...

I agree wholeheartedly with D.Matt. This was very profound. I really enjoyed the knowledge you gave and the way you laid it out all; so simple even a child could comprehend. I know that people pick and chose which bits and pieces of the bible they want to abide by and that is why we have to stay read up so as not to be lead a straight or caught up in false doctorine. Very good post, my brother.

Happy New Year.

Son of a Bishop said...

Darius, D. Matt, Anonymous and One Man's Opinion; I sincerely thank you for taking out the time to read the posting and to share your kind words. I just want everyone to know the truth... outside of the religious hype.

Min. Antwoine said...

Hi, My name is Min. Antwoine Williams, openly gay pentecostal minister. I was very proud to come across your blog. I read the piece on slavery/bible and it was just confirmation on what the Lord shared with me many years ago when I struggled with the idea of being a Christian and Gay. Thanks so much for your testimony and kinds words. Be blessed!....