Recommended Read in the Washington Post: How the Bible was Used to Defend Slavery, and How Slaves Used it to Become Free

The Washington Post has an article that looks at the slavery issue and how the Bible was used from both perspectives. I thought it good enough to do a quick post and get it into this blog. 

Now I’ve been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave.

Harriett Tubman

Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Romans 6:16 NIV

The other day I wrote about the New York Times 1619 Project which you can read about in, “The New York Times 1619 Project on Slavery and how Some Baptists Reacted to J.D. Greear on Twitter. Also the 1619 Project Needs to Comprehend the History of Slavery in the Convention.” The Washington Post had an article that I discovered that looked at how the Bible was used in the issue of slavery. This is a good read to comprehend. You can read the article called, “The Bible was used to justify slavery. Then Africans made it their path to freedom.” 


4 thoughts on “Recommended Read in the Washington Post: How the Bible was Used to Defend Slavery, and How Slaves Used it to Become Free

  1. Isn’t it amazing how many blacks are Christians, and you white folk having faith issues are turning away? The blacks are MORE FREE than that of atheists, because THEY KNOW the freedom that Jesus gives is everlasting. You, however, have doubts?


      • And what did Jesus say afterwords about those who DON’T SEE AND BELIEVE. I guess you need to see the holes in his hands? That ain’t gonna happen any time soon. John wrote that he wrote all the things that he wrote so that YOU WILL BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, not so that you would have doubts. But, like I said, the Blacks are more free than you are. They KNOW, and they are BLESSED, even if they don’t think that they are. They KNOW the redeemer that set them free, just as Moses set the slaves free. You are NOT FREE. You are the slave, now, but you just don’t know it yet.


  2. Chap you should be less assuming and more inquisitive about what you believe and why. There is a lot about the the book of John, the construction of the gospels and the reliably of the Bible, that if you was informed, you too would have incredible doubts.


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