Saturday, August 13, 2022

CHRISTIANITY CONDEMNS SLAVERY

 


The founding apostles of Christianity lived during the reign of the powerful Roman Empire where slavery was the norm. The early Christian writers were not officials and could not abolish the existing Roman laws concerning slavery, but they did denounce such practices as evil. The apostle Paul admonished Christians to abandon any participation in this abhorrent market. In verse sixteen of his letter to the Christian, Philemon, he asked that the runaway slave, Onesimus, be returned and to be regarded, “No longer as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved.” In the context, the term ‘servant’ meant “slave” in Koine Greek. Slave trading was considered a serious sin in the New Testament. The Bible ranked this transgression among others:


For the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of mothers, for menstealers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (I Tim. 1:9-10).


The original Greek renders ‘menstealer’ (antrapodistais) as: “Manstealer, a slave-dealer, kidnapper, one who unjustly takes free men into slavery, or one who steals the slaves of others and sells them.” Anyone who has partaken in the slave trade business or owned slaves has broken the New Testament’s teachings.


Even among Christians, the abuse of slavery resulted in a bloody civil war among the states of the Union. This sin brought mass carnage upon brothers and sisters of the same faith. Disobedience to scriptural teachings ultimately brings judgment from Yahveh. Muhammad, however, also opposed the original biblical scriptures in favor of his way of life. Frequently, he claimed Moses as a great hero who led his people out of Egyptian bondage; yet, hypocritically, he personally demonstrated his engagement in the slave trade as both owner and instigator.


Obviously, Muhammad was not a prophet of the biblical tenets and doctrinal persuasion prescribed in the New Testament. Consequently, Muhammad and his followers will face a final judgment for disobeying the Judaic scriptures and for following after the false moon-god, Allah.


From Chapter 15 of Mecca, Muhammad & the Origins of Islam:  A Candid Investigation Into the Origins of Islam.


[1] al-Boukhari, Hadith, vol. 1, no. 63:35-6.


[2] al-Boukhari, Hadith, vol. 2, no. 1008:47.


[3] al-Boukhari, Hadith, vol. 1, no. 371:138.


[4] Ibid., 390:144.


[5] al-Boukhari, Hadith, vol. 9, no. 7236:273; vol. 4, no. 2837:45.


[6] al-Boukhari, Hadith, vol. 7, no. 5191:99; vol. 3, no. 2468:257.


[7] n.a., Behind the Veil, 154.


[8] al-Boukhari, Hadith, vol. 1, no. 693:232; vol. 3, no. 2488:267.


[9] al-Boukhari, Hadith, vol. 9, no. 7038:141.


[10] Adams, Religion that is Raping America, 57.


[11] Warraq, Why I Am Not a Muslim, 205.

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