Slavery in the bible, a letter to the skeptic

Bible-and-Handcuffs

While debating a skeptic on whether or not the God of the bible is good, I was asked if I morally agreed with the practice of slavery. In my mind I was thinking of the slavery that the Israelites endured in Egypt or more recently the slavery that Africans were forced into for nearly 400 years. My reply was, “I do not morally agree with the practice of slavery.” He then presents his argument for why he believes the bible, “unambiguously condones and supports” slavery. Admittedly, I was taken back by his well supported response. In fact, I couldn’t offer a retort of my own so I asked for some time to look into the topic to develop a clear concise and unbiased perspective on the subject matter.

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