Nowhere does the Bible condone slavery in the racial and “forced-servitude” terms understood today, quite the contrary1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10. This is evident in times pre-dating the Mosaic law4 as well as God’s expectations under the Mosaic law1,3 and the gospel (New Covenant) under Christ2,5,6,10. Slave trading is condemned throughout the Bible1,2 and it uniformly teaches that – regardless of our station in life6,10,11 – we are all made in the image of God9 and treat each other accordingly3,4,5,7.
In the Old Testament, “slavery” was a voluntary means of working off debt (or keeping captives from mustering a rebellion)1,3. In the Roman times of the New Testament, slavery was a way of life and we see instruction to Christian “masters” and Christian “slaves” alike5,6,7,10 – more akin to a modern employer/employee relationship. Indeed, the Bible is about man’s opportunity to be free from slavery to sin8,11. All are one in Christ6,10.