What Is Slavery In The Bible

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Tiberius Monk 4/14/2009 RELS2310 –The Bible and Western Culture I Slavery and The Bible Jefferson Davis, The Former President of the once Confederate States of America, famously stated that "Slavery was established by decree of Almighty God...it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation...it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts." While its is disturbing to think that such a conclusion was derived from what is considered a “Holy” book, it is more than reliving to remember we are human men and women that make mistakes. Unfortunately some mistakes, such as misinterpretation are more costly than others…show more content…
Alas, near the end of those two hundred and fifty years there a spark of hope for those who were being kept as slaves in the United States of America. They might not have known it at the time, but today we know that spark of hope and catalyst of freedom for the slaves as “The Abolitionist Movement”. First we should mention a quick history of slavery in the United States. In the first English colonies that settled here in America (around 1619), the first Africans arrived not as slaves, but as indentured servants who were agreed to be set free agree only after completing the terms of the contract. Sadly it is here where things went wrong, and the ugly side of human nature reared its face. The residents of the colonies came to the realization that these Africans were a “great” source of cheap labor, thus constituting the institution of slavery. With this by the end of the seventeenth century, the colonies began to establish laws that stated these people that were originally indentured servants were to be slaves for life as well as their children. And this is how slavery got its start in what was to become the “great” country, The United States of America. Not too…show more content…
With the changing of culture and passing of time, the fallout that was (and sometimes still is) hardest to cope with in the United States was racism. As time progressed and things would move from more primitive to more sophisticated design and ideas, slavery did the same. Slavery my have just been the most primitive form of racism, and as it was abolished the idea of another race being subordinate to another didn’t seem to dissipate. Instead it would seem that the “abolitionist movement” became the “civil rights movement”. Instead of the government allowing slavery, it looked like it found a loop hole to not treat people of color equally for anything whether it was sports, school or public facilities blacks were still treated as inferior. Thankfully the civil rights movement that occurred during the 1950’s and 1960’s would turn out successful after years of civil demonstrations (some which would become riots e.g.: Birmingham, Alabama), marches, and speeches. One might say that one of the most famous speeches of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, would see fruition when looking at today’s society despite some traces of racism. Now we live in an era where different races can co-exist. Black leaders are on the up and up, we now share property and businesses and some would say even

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