A man I was talking with argued against the righteousness of the God of the Bible because “he allows slavery”. His refusal to even discuss alternate perspectives on references to slavery in the Bible proved that, in reality, he was just seizing on an opportune excuse for rejecting an authority figure.
The fact is that the Bible condemns slavery and warns against getting caught in it.
“And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire.” (Genesis 4:6-7)
But God also gives free will to humans to serve whichever master they end up subjecting themselves to through their choices in life.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve;
- whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood / Euphrates River, i.e. in Mesopotamia,
- or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
- but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
“See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil…
- love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
- But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them…ye shall surely perish,” Deuteronomy 30:15-18)
This is not a threat of punishment by an angry God. History provides proof that fallen humanity is responsible for their own mayhem.