Hey there Craig,
Originally Posted by Craig.Paardekooper
I think you missed a very important point. The command to set slaves free after six years service applies only to male Hebrew slaves:
Exodus 21:2 "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment. 3 "If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 "If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone. 5 "But if the slave plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,' 6 then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently. 7 "And if a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do. 8 "If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her. Lovely. If the owner of a male slave gives him a wife, and they produce children, the wife and children belong to the Master! And female Hebrew slaves don't go free after seven years. And if the owner of a female slave has sex with her and doesn't like her, he can sell her, but not to foreigners. Are you really going to argue that these are good laws given by a holy God? I can't imagine that you would think these laws are defensible. They are a moral abomination!
But all that only applies to Hebrew slaves. Remember the Law of God concerning slaves in general:
Exodus 21:20 "And if a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished. 21 "If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property. It doesn't get any more clear that that. The slavery commanded by Moses in the Bible dehumanizes the slave. We see the same thing with the female slave who is sold if she does not sexually please her rapist/owner. All these laws relating to slavery are moral abominations.
I think we need to rethink the Bible. If it is from God, it must be a TEST of our MORALITY to see if we have human hearts that reject evil, or if we are religious robots that believe whatever we are told to believe without !