All this renewed interest in the Bible because of the Passion of Christ movie has inadvertently brought to light some things I never noticed before. Jesus never spoke out against slavery even though it was part of the society. Slavery to me falls just behind murder on the pure evil list. People today see how plainly evil slavery is/was, so it leads to the conclusion that people today are more moral than 2000 years ago.
The debate about whether the 4th and 10th commandments should be allowed at the courthouse struck me as ironic. I realized that both commandments promoted slavery.
4th Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
10th. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor
Manservant or maidservant is the same as a slave. It just struck me funny how many times I’ve read or heard this and never noticed it was condoning slavery. So to me the document in no way belongs in a US courthouse.