The Doctrine Of The Old Testament

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By definition ethics is described as the branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions 1.This system of moral principles shapes us as individuals and societies.
Religion has been used throughout time to justify actions that, when looked back on, were of questionable ethics. The Bible was used during the lead up to the Civil War by both pro-slavery supporters and abolitionists to defend their views. My biblical response to southern slave-holders who used the Old Testament to justify the practice of slavery would be that the institution of slavery is unethical and my argument would
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As former slaves themselves, Israel was governed by the restrictions and humane aspect of the Mosaic laws regarding slavery, therefore Israel did not display the brutalities seen in Egypt, Greece and Rome. In the early years of Christianity slavery was a normal feature of the economy and society within the Roman Empire. At the height of power for the Roman Empire nearly one –third of its population were slaves.
America was founded on the basis of Judeo-Christian beliefs. When the Puritans came to America it was in search of religious freedom. The biblical views of America’s Founders helped influence the development of the democratic Republic system of government. As America was settled, slavery continued to be part of the economy of the world. According to Hugh Thomas in The Slave Trade, “about 11.3 million Africans were transported to the new world between 1440 and 1870. 500,000 went to what became the United States.” 2. As the United States developed, the North grew into an industrial based economy, while the South established an agriculturally driven economy. “By 1850 nearly two-thirds of the plantation slaves were engaged in the production of cotton. The South was totally transformed by the presence of slavery. The end of slavery would have had a profound economic impact, thus killing the Southern economy.” 3. Slavery was not the central issue that drove the Civil War, but it was part of the cause behind the war.

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR SLAVERY
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