There are more than one argument that are certain individuals favorite arguments to try to bad mouth the Bible. They seem to use the same few all the time and run out of creativity after that. The devil himself used the Bible to trip Jesus up but he was refuted by Christ each time. So I will now point out why some of the lies people keep circulating over and over are not true, and how it would not surprise me if these dead set militant slanderers are trying just bash certain parts of scripture in attempts to disprove it all.
As Jesus stated in John 3:19-21 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
Many people may have sincere doubts and honest skepticism, so for you all, please know that God loves you and understands doubts. Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Honest skeptics, please keep seeking and God will reveal himself.
However, to those who are just ticked off and want to disprove Christ, God or Scripture because your mad and upset, or “offended” God loves you too as well but he will not be mocked or disproven. He still is saving people without your permission and giving men and women who gladly receive him eternal life, forgiveness of their sins, and a future and hope. So as much as you try your not going to succeed at shutting the gates of the kingdom of heaven on those who God is drawing to himself.
Luke 11:52 “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”
If one wants to reject the hope God offers mankind themselves, then thats their choice, but some also actually try to stop those who actually are reaching out to the hope of the gospel. Its bad enough to not want one’s sins forgiven but even worse to drag people down with you, to try to stop others from having their sins pardoned is great evil.
Matthew 18:6-8 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
Im not being unkind here. Im saying exactly what Jesus said. By the way Jesus did not say when he said this that a follower of his is to tie a boulder around your neck and throw you into a lake. So lets get that out of your system now. He is stating how very serious sin is and that even death itself is a much better alternative then eternal separation from God’s presence. No harsh cruel tone or unkind words. Very serious words non the less. God forces no one against their choice to spend eternity with him. He will not violate a persons free will. He did not make robots who had no choice in the matter whether to love him but created people with wills that can actually volitionally love him back and obey him in joy and gratitude, not pre programmed cyborgs.
–An argument by the militant might sound like this:
An argument by the militant might sound like this:
The Bible: “Slavery and Revenge were promoted!”
A lot of people I have heard say that the passage in Deuteronomy that says an “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth” is terribly mean verse. How is that?
This verse is not advocating or mandating revenge. No, it is on the contrary setting a limit on retaliation an enacting a fair standard of justice that cannot exceed proper realm. “The punishment should fit the crime” we always say here.
Take note of the verses following as well.
Exodus 21:23-27 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. “An owner who hits a male or female slave in the eye and destroys it must let the slave go free to compensate for the eye. And an owner who knocks out the tooth of a male or female slave must let the slave go free to compensate for the tooth.
And no, the Bible is not advocating slavery here either. It’s addressing a common place problem that had not been eliminated yet. For one, if a slave was struck and his or her eye was damaged, they were to be set free. The term slavery in the Bible had more regulations then the kind we had here in the US before the civil war. American slaves had it a lot worse then slaves in the time of Moses.
Critics of the Bible like to say the Bible promoted and applauded slavery, which was not how it was at all. Just because God remained silent on certain issues did not mean he was for them. Polygamy in the Bible times was never God’s ideal. He just did not outright condemn it right off the bat, but when Jesus came he expounded on God’s actual design for humanity. Jesus condemned divorce along with polygamy in the same passage, and said God allowed it for a time because “your hearts were hard”
Matthew 19:4-9 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Jesus quoted the Old Testament and said, “A man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife” not wives, not husband.
Jesus in an indirect way condemned, divorce, polygamy and anything other than a life long committed heterosexual relationship. There are exceptions to divorce such as unfaithfulness or abuse, but other than that it’s a life long haul, so enjoy the ride.
Now, some might challenge me and say, “Oh this means nothing, you cannot go off just that passage!” alright, fair enough.
Which issue should we delve into first? How the Bible does not justify slavery?
1 Peter 2:18-19 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.
“but it says slaves here! Your God is promoting slavery!” No, because it restricts slave owners to a great degree in other places: Ephesians 6:9 and Colossians 4:1 are good starters. Look them up yourself. Do your homework before you comment below.
Christians made up a small minority for starters and were in no position to engage in a cultural social justice war. Their main objection was to share the gospel and they had no upper hand in the slavery issue. Culture at that time in that day embraced slave ownership and the Christians had to choose the right hills to die on, not engage the culture in an issue that they were way outnumbered by.
What about Christian slave owners? Good question, well Paul addressed that and if you look up Philemon, Paul talked a Christian slave owner out of retaliating against Omniseus his slave who stole from him, ran away and later came to Christ. Paul wrote a letter of persuasion. Read it yourself. Its near the back of the Bible.
As Christianity grew slavery was eliminated, well here in the US. Abraham Lincoln a devout Christian helped play a part in that, but in early church history this was not possible for the small minority.
In addition, God will not deal with all a persons wrongdoing all at one time, and in a Christian’s life not all sins fall away as fast as others. If a Christian is genuinely growing though, he or she will not stay in the same habits and sins that they escaped out of from coming to Christ. A young believer is not expected to be as put together as a mature saint in Christ. There must be grace for growth. If they do not seem to make any growth over time that leaves some questions as to whether they are very immature in their faith or just flat out not even born again at all, however that is not the topic of this post.
However we do have a very profound verse in the New Testament that seems to condemn slavery to a degree actually,
1 Timothy 1:8-11 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
It mentions slave traders here. When Paul is referring to the Law, he is I’m pretty sure referring to God’s law not human law. He is in essense saying those who are righteous wont need a law to do right, they will by nature do what pleases God.
The book of Galatians says, “walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” Galatians 5:16 and “For if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” Galatians 5:18
All this means is God’s Spirit residing in our hearts becomes the Law, not some written code. Who needs a written code if their cheif desire is to love God and love other’s as they would themselves!
I do not claim to have every answer but I am very certain that those who say God is for slavery are absolutely dead wrong. I think rather some who want to reject Christ and the Word of God just enjoy painting Christians and Christianity in a bad light. If something challenges someone in an uncomfortable way they often want to disprove it, rationalize it away or slander it so they feel better about rejecting it. They do not like the ideas so they will like a master escape artist wriggle out of whatever they are afraid to accept.
After time they believe their own self rationalizations and lies to themselves that they are not at that point trying to disprove what they don’t like but they actually believe the lies they tell themselves.
That is true with pathological liars as well.
I need not say anything in addition to this.
“Why?” Some might say. Some might try to drag me into a debate hoping to prove what I said is wrong, and I have no time for that. If someone wants to “prove me wrong” then they obviously will not allow themselves to be proved wrong either. Why is this? Because, a person is going to believe what they want whether true or not and they will allow nothing to persuade them otherwise. So it’s pointless to debate with a person who does not want to be convinced. People will engage a person in an argument over a belief of some sort and they seldom give thought to the idea of changing their minds, no rather they want to in a sly way slip you their reasoning and have hopes of changing the other person, not themselves.
Indeed, “A man convinced against his will Is of the same opinion still”
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People