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Some make the claim that the Bible supports slavery. Usually such claims come from those that wish to degrade the Bible. It is a slander toward God and his word. Admittedly there were slave holders that would force some scriptures into supporting slavery so they could live with their sin more comfortably, but when one studies the issue they will find that the Bible gives no real support to owning other human beings. The Bible condemns slavery. Actually as redeemed from the slavery of sin followers of Christ should seek to stop slavery in the world. In our modern world there exists about 27 million people in bondage...forced labor..and sex trade. Of course billions are in political bondage too.
As far as I can tell the scriptures do not outright condemn the practice of slavery and it gives instructions on how "slaves" are to be treated (Deut. 15:12-, Ephesians 15:12, Col. 4:1), but this does not mean the Bible condones slavery. Several points need to be made. First the slavery of the distant past was not racial, as in the American colonies of 1800, instead it was more about economics. Sometimes people even sold themselves into slavery for several reason. There were various degrees of servitude. It generally had nothing to do with the race of the individuals, although ethnic differences were evident. In addition to this is the fact that the Bible condemns the practice of "man stealing" (something slavers of the late 1700s and earlier 1800s were engaged in). The Bible condemns this harshly. Look at Exodus 21:6--, "Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death". This verse, alone, would have ended nearly all American slavery of the Southern American States prior to 1865. In the New Testament we can see that 1 Timothy 1:8-10 actually condemns slave traders (menstealers).