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 Post subject: Exodus 21:20
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 3:41 pm 
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When a slaveowner strikes a male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies immediately, the owner shall be punished. 21 But if the slave survives a day or two, there is no punishment; for the slave is the owner’s property. Ex 21:20-21 NRSVCE

Having quite a bit of trouble defending this one. The argument is typically along the lines of this: "If morality is objective, and slavery is objectively immoral, then the Bible condoning slavery is immoral." The New Testament descriptions of treating slaves with "justice and fairness" are much easier to defend.

So, this reminds me of other immoral things that God permitted of the Hebrews. Namely, divorce.

Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?” 8 He said to them, “It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery.” Mt 19:3-9 NRSVCE

So, I suppose the answer lies somewhere with the seeming contradiction of objective morality and God permitting certain things.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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