Are we to literally interpret the bible as condoning and supportingslavery (Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22, 4:1;1 Timothy 6:1-2; 1 Peter2:18). Although today, you can't find any Christian who believes the ancientapostles or even Christ did, because of a grave misunderstanding on thepart of the ministers, many Christian churches in the 17 and 18 centuryfirmly believed and taught that is was God's will that some of their fellowmanwas held and sold into servitude. It is true that people read the bibleand look for validation of their philosophy and theology. In other words,they tell the bible what it is suppose to say rather than letting the scripturesspeak to them.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to theflesh, with fear and trembling, and singleness of heart, as unto Christ;

Ephesians 6:5-6
Not with eyeservice (sic), as menpleasers (sic); but as servants ofChrist, doing the will of God from the heart
Colossians 3:22
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; notwith eyeservice (sic), as menpleasers (sic); but in singleness of heart,fearing God.
Colossians 4:1
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowingthat ye also have a Master in heaven.
1 Timothy 6:1-2
Let as many as many servants as are under the yoke count their ownmasters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and is doctrine be notblasphemed.

And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, becausethey are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithfuland beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

1 Peter 2:18
Servants. be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to thegood and gentle, but also the froward (sic).
Christians and Muslims believe that Christ came to share with the people,the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not the Pauline Gospel. Paul, who wasn't evenan ordained apostle, rightly wrote kind letters to the new members of Christ'sChurch exhorting them to stay firm in the faith and not be given to fertilityworship or idolatry. However, Paul's rather innocuous exhortations havebeen mistranslated, misinterpreted and misconstrued. As a consequence,Christendom has elevated the recently converted, very devote and ordainedmerely to preach (see article entitled WasPaul Really an Apostle?), Saul of Tarsus, to the same level of JesusChrist, that of making and pronouncing doctrine!

Christ's ministry was to bring peace and hope to mankind, not to overturnthe apple cart. Christ's mission was to first instill love in the heartsand minds of the people and through love, the people would themselves bringabout a new world order void of slavery in which everyone's human rightswere protected.

But before Christ could influence man to respect the individual rightsof his fellowman, Christ taught a form of passive resistance and changethrough love and being cooperative No! Slavery is anathema to the teachingsof God, but if it occurs which it has and will, change the system by changingpeople's heart. Christ's mission was to instill love for each other inthe hearts of man and through love, change the world, not by war, coercion,force or intimidation.

David R.W. Wadsworth
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