I was blogging a guy on Quora and the conversation turned to slavery. I could not believe how indoctrination can actually change the meanings of these holly words for these poor suckers.
“You must not return an escaped slave to his master when he has run away to you. Indeed, he may live among you in any place he chooses, in whichever of your villages he prefers; you must not oppress him.”
THIS IS WHAT THE NICE CHRISTIAN FELLOW CLAIMS THESE PASSAGES MEAN
“In other words: if a slave ever leaves his master, the master is forbidden from getting that slave back. Each slave is as free to leave his master as a modern day employee is to walk out the doors of a bad work situation.”
If this does not suggest either where his mental state is or he is a poor comedian I don’t know what does.
“This command alone shatters any idea that the Bible tolerates human abuse in slavery. If a slave in Israel ever felt abused, he or she could simply walk away, and the master was forbidden by law to do anything to bring them back.”
“These two verses abolish every abuse of slavery — because any slave who feels abused can simply leave and be free.”
“I agree with you that slavery is cruel and horrible! God agrees with you too! It’s why He abolished it with these commands.”
“I’m pointing out that those who tried to use the Bible to justify those abuses did so against what the Bible actually teaches. They twisted its words to justify what they wanted to do anyway.”
“If Christian slave owners had followed the verse I quoted, instead of ignoring it, can you imagine how many lives would have been spared? How much abuse could have been stopped? How many families could have been reunited, or never separated in the first place?”
“Further, anywhere in Israel that slave goes, they are a free person. They can’t be arrested. They have to be let to live wherever they like and in whatever town they like. You don’t throw them in slums. You let them live wherever they want.”
“Can you see how many human rights these verses give to “slaves” in Israel? It gives them all the power!”
Holly hell, he is suggesting they had the vote, could join a union and were in charge.
“If a master treats a slave badly enough that they leave, the master has no power to get them back. None. He can’t chase them down. The law protects the “slave” in leaving, giving them every protection as a free person, now.”
“The power structure is the same as modern-day bosses and employees. If the boss mistreats workers badly enough that they leave, the boss has no legal power to get them back. The employee can leave and find employment anywhere else, can go live anywhere else. Just like a “slave” could do in Israel.”
How can you make up stuff like this? This guy is like the holocaust deniers.
“Thus, every incentive to abuse a slave was destroyed. If a master ever abused their slave, that slave can simply leave, take refuge literally anywhere else in the country, and they’re a free person.”
“This is what I meant before: if every Christian throughout the years had followed these verses, slavery could never have existed. You would instead have something resembling modern-day employment. That’s all that these verses allow.”
Of course when I presented the other verses about beating slaves he ignored what they actually said, totally.
“If you quote Exodus 21:20, at least you an accurate translation. The translation you used is old, based on a 400-year old translation that was made while slavery was legal. They had a bit of a vested interest in ignoring what the text actually said.”
“First, notice what it says: if a master kills a slave, the master is punished for taking human life. The master doesn’t get to abuse his slaves as they did in the American south. This is the only law code in the ancient world where the law punished the master for killing a slave — where the slave’s life was just as important as the master’s.”
“The Hebrew reads this way: “If the slave stands on two feet after a day or two, he shall not be avenged.” Standing on two feet refers to being completely healthy. In other words, the only wound that a master would not be punished for inflicting is one that disappeared before two days were up. I’ve given myself paper cuts that haven’t disappeared that quickly.”
Really? Paper cuts, oh you poor fool.
“Archaeology has done an amazing job of verifying the historical details of the Bible. Thousands upon thousands of details in the Bible have been confirmed by archaeology.”
“In short: the more we dig up, the greater our confidence in the accuracy of the Bible grows.”
“But we keep digging up earlier and earlier copies. Today, nearly every scholar agrees the Gospels were written during the lifetimes of the eye-witnesses to the events.”
I really do wonder what planet this type of deluded individual lives on. When I quoted a few of the major archaeologists he wanted to kill the conversation due to me “ignoring any evidence that contradicts your points,”