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Christians were also responsible for promoting and defending slavery.

Economic interests provided the material justification for slavery in the U.S., but there really isn't any question that Christianity provided the moral justification.

you're lying again.
Well, those who have had an education will not quite see it as you do. Also, you will recall the Boer justification for apartheid was originally based on the Bible.

The Boers' view was reflected in, but independent from, the interpretation of Christian slave holders:

Ge:9:18: And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
Ge:9:24: And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. [Edit -> that's Ham]
Ge:9:25: And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
Ge:9:26: And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Ge:9:27: God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
In the next Chapter we learn:
Ge:10:6: And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

Now, at that time, to simplistic peasants who invented the story of Noah, and who knew absolutely nothing about the history of mankind, then decided that the descendants of Canaan were black and therefore, all blacks were to be servants by order of God.

Wiki states correctly "The story's original objective was to justify the subjection of the Canaanites to the Israelites, but in later centuries, the narrative was interpreted by some Jews, Christians and Muslims as a curse of, and an explanation for, black skin, as well as slavery."

This came about because the Israelites (and others) saw black slaves (mainly Nubians and Ethiopians) and then argued in a circular manner that if these Blacks were slaves, they were therefore the descendants of Ham and therefore all Blacks were ordained by God to be slaves.

The truth of the matter was that slaves came in all skin colours, including white.

But nevertheless, it is an inescapable Biblical fact that God approves of slavery because there are many references to God telling people to take slaves. God does differentiate between slaves: there are Jewish slaves, who must be offered freedom after 7 years and all other slaves.

So, if you had explained everything, instead of saying "you're lying again." and exposing your ignorance of (i) the history of slavery and (ii) slavery in the Bible, we might now be seeing you as a more reasonable person.

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G-Roll A knowledge smack! December 25, 2013, 11:52:39 AM