Why do Christians think that the slavery in the Bible doesn't apply anymore when the Bible doesn't directly say we can't do it?

Exodus 21:20-21 "Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property."


@Christian Sinner: So Leviticus 25:46 where God says "You may buy your slaves from the Heathen that surround you," Lev 25:47 where God says they are your property, Lev 25:47 says that you may pass them on to your children as an inheritance, and Exodus 21:20-21 where God says slave owners won't be punished for beating their slaves as long as they don't beat them to death..... are you admitting there are parts of the Bible that aren't inspired by God?

Update 2:


Lev 25:48 is the verse about giving an inheritance to your children. Not 25:27. My bad.

Update 3:

@Samwise: Paul letting this one slave friend go tells you nothing at all about Paul's position on the institution of slavery in general, or Jesus's or God's. Besides that, the same Paul instructed slaves to obey their masters even the cruel ones in I Peter 2:18. By the way, it was also Christians who advocated for the institution of slavery. And unlike the abolitionists, the ones who wanted to keep slavery could actually point to the verses in the Bible that advocated for it.

Update 4:

@Creation Detective: God didn't just "acknowledge it." He actually sanctioned it and approved his followers to do it. The fact that the God of the Bible thought people praying to statues was more offensive than people being owned as property is the nail in the coffin for Christianity.

11 Answers

  • Jeff
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago
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    "Why do Christians think..."

    The buck stops there.  I've seen no evidence to indicate that christians EVER think...

  • 4 weeks ago

    It doesn't apply any more, IF we obey the national and international laws that prohibit the practice. 


    As for the Bible, the last word on the subject comes from Paul, whose letter to Philemon provided the basis for undermining the concept of slavery. That's why laws prohibiting slavery are largely the result of the efforts of some groups of Christians, including Quakers and Methodists.

  • 4 weeks ago

    God just allows humans to make their own choices good and bad. It doesn’t mean God approves of the choices humans make. Acknowledging slavery’s existence isn’t condoning it nor does it mean approval. 

  • User
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    1) Why do Christians think that the slavery in the Bible doesn't apply anymore

    That doesn't even make sense.

    What did you MEAN to ask?

    2) when the Bible doesn't directly say we can't do it?

    You mean: the Bible doesn't directly "say" that we can't have slavery in our culture?

    Or that Christians can't own slaves?

    Or what?

    But you are correct.

    The Bible does NOT prohibit slavery, not to Jews (Israelites) and not to Christians.

    HOWEVER: the Bible DOES teach us (both Jews and Christians) that we are to obey the laws of those who rule over us

    which, of course, includes anti-slavery laws.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Slavery in Isreal under the law was nothing like slavery of the nations or like today.  Most notably, people sold themselves into slavery and it was only for a finite amount of time. (50y or till high priest died).  Additionally there were lots of protections and judgements that protected slaves, these details can be found throughout the scriptures however this article can help point out several of the relevant scriptures: https://bit.ly/36edNwu

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Liz. Your lies are complete and utter nonsense.  Your god not only loves slavery and approves of it, he sanctions people to beat their slaves almost to death because they own them.  Exodus 21:20-21  If a man smite his servant or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand, he shall be surely punished; notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished, for he is his money. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    In the Bible, God told Noah and his family to build a giant boat and fill it with animals.  Yet i have never heard anyone preach or teach that everyone throughout all of history is suppose to build floating zoos.  We are smart enough to realize that god gave this commandment to a specific set of people and a specific time for a specific situation.

    The Bible does have a set of 613 laws known as the Mosaic Law because the person who recorded them was Moses.  Those laws were given to a specific group of people at a specific time in history and in a specific situation.  They were not given to "everyone" and there is not a single place in the Bible where someone who was not a Jew was required to obey any of those laws.

    It would be like if Ford signs a contract with its workers.  The terms of that contract do not apply to people who work at Walmart.  You can not say that since Ford has to its workers a minimum of $20.00 an hour, Walmart has to do the same.  The contract does not apply to Walmart.

    So the Mosaic Covenant does not apply to Christians.  There are dozens of passage in the Bible that specifically sate that.  It is one of the main subjects of the New Testament book of Hebrews.  As well as Paul's letter to the Galatians.

    Now, there are some things that were in the Mosaic Law that repeating the Christians covenant.  Just as there are probably rules in the Ford contract that are the same as rules at Walmart.  But that does not make all the Ford rules apply to Walmart, or all the Mosaic Laws apply to Christians.

    If you read the New Testament (where the rules for Christians are laid out) you will find the book of Philemon where Paul writes to a recent convert to Christianity who was a slave owner and tells him to free his slave.  That he is to make him a son instead of a slave or property.  That is the Christian rule about slave ownership.

  • Liz
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    The End of Slavery

    As is the case with every Bible-related question, the issue of slavery must be considered in context. A careful examination of the Scriptures reveals that God deplores the mistreatment of humans.

    Such an examination also reveals that the kind of slavery practiced by God’s people in the Bible is not the cruel and abusive slavery that is envisioned by most people today. And the Bible shows that God will deliver us from all forms of slavery in due time. Then, all mankind will enjoy true freedom.—Isaiah 65:21, 22.

  • 4 weeks ago

    I don't remember the Bible literally telling people to go get some slaves. People were doing that before God gave the Laws of Moses. That still isn't telling them to do it. 

    If you don't like slavery, you think it's wrong? China still has slaves. Thailand still has slaves. I don't think you really care. What are you doing about it?

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Christians cherry pick their bible. Anything that is not PC, or that they do not personally agree with is ignored.  They do this because they know there is no god, and no hell to worry about. 

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