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    Slavery and the bible as a moral guide

    I'll try to keep this a short as possible.
    To address slavery in the bible from a moral perspective, it is defined here as: "owning a person as property".

    1. The bible implicitly condones and explicitly mandates slavery.
    Some common examples:
    - Leviticus 25:44-46 states that non-Hebrew slaves are to be acquired from neighbouring nations. They, along with any children they have while enslaved, are the possessions of their masters permanently, and they are passed on to the masters' children as possessions.
    - Exodus 21:2-7 provides instructions on how male and female Hebrew slaves are to be treated.
    - Exodus 21:20-21 states that slave owners can beat their slaves as long as they don't die within a day or two.

    2. The bible fails to express any clear moral opposition to slavery.

    Given the above, the bible cannot be seriously considered as a moral guide.



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