The bible says nothing against slavery and racism, but supports these two extreme evils throughout the Old and New Testaments. We can witness first hand today the evils slavery and racism have caused throughout history, and the death and suffering brought down upon the innocent by the arrogant, who believed they were superior. One should then know the Christian bible throughout history has fueled the evils of slavery and racism, permitting, supporting and defining appropriate practice of human enslavement and the importance of racism, against non-Jewish Gentiles. The bible both preserved supported and inspired slavery and racism and was a great tool of the devil contributing to human conflict and suffering.
"[Slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God...it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation...it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts." Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America.
"There is not one verse in the Bible inhibiting slavery, but many regulating it. It is not then, we conclude, immoral." Rev. Alexander Campbell
"The right of holding slaves is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example." Rev. R. Furman, D.D., Baptist, of South Carolina
Jesus is never once quoted to have spoken against slavery or racism and he himself was racist towards gentiles. A true Messiah would have taken a stand against all sin, not excluding slavery, racism and any other injustice, for they are all evil and all are from the same source, the Devil. Slavery and racism have been two of the world’s greatest problems and ultimately are condoned in the Christian Doctrine.
Jesus never showed once he cared to stand against racism or slavery, but did in fact speak racist comments and showed he cared for the Jews more than the Gentiles.
Mark 7:24-30 and Matthew 15:21-28 both record the story of a Gentile woman coming to Jesus and begging him to heal her daughter, who was demon possessed. In Mark 7:24-30 Jesus' first was silent and then was requested by his disciples to send her away. Jesus said “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” to dispel her from him, but she then fell at his feet and begged Jesus desperately. A moment later Jesus’ second responded saying, “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs.’”.
Jesus clearly rejects this woman racially, as she sought the power of God and healing, because she is a Gentile, but the insulting racial slur he used, comparing her with a dog, ultimately reviles the lack of separation and disunity Jesus obtained from the arrogant and racist Jewish views of the time and shows Jesus is clearly a racist.
Bellow Mark 7:24-30 and Matthew 15:21-28 are stated as reference.
Mark 7:24-30 (New International Version)
24Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.[a] He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil[b] spirit came and fell at his feet. 26The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
27"First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
28"Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
29Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter."
30She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Matthew 15:21-28 (New International Version)
21Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."
23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."
24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."
25The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.
26He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
27"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
28Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Racism is a sin and can be defined in two ways, hate for a different race or favor and love for your own race over other races, and Jesus gives us an example, in his own words, of the racist sin the Jews had towards the Gentiles. How can Jesus be considered Christ if he was only looking to serve the Jews and unwilling to see the Jews and Gentiles as equal? Racism and partiality is one of the greatest causes of human conflict there is and if Jesus were to live up to who and what he claimed to be, he would have done the righteous thing and stand against it, teaching the people of the world the essential principle of Universalism.
Jesus states bellow another example of racist, partiality favoring the Jews over the Gentiles, telling his disciples not to go among the Gentiles or into the lands of the Samaritans.
(Mathew 10:5-6) 5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.”
I stress the point that Jesus was raised into a society of strict racism and discrimination towards Gentiles (non Jews) and did not separate himself from the Jewish collective of arrogant self-righteous and racist bigotry. Jesus did not speak against racism once in the bible, but is quoted in the bible to have warned his disciples to not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans, but instead to go to the lost sheep of Israel.
A true prophet of God knows God’s children upon the Earth are all loved equally by God and there is no chosen race of people in God’s favor. This prophet would command repentance against all evils, including racism, but instead of turning to the Gentiles, Jesus went only to the lost sheep of Israel and was crucified, making a critical error by not turning to all the worlds people Universally, but instead turning to a arrogant and discriminating Jewish society, filled with arrogance, racism, prejudice, stereotyping, bigotry and obviously, among many other flaws, lack of tolerance towards the radical views.
Jesus and many of the apostles were persecuted by the Jews and Christianity was greatly persecuted until around the early 3rd century when the conversion of Emperor Constantine the Great gave Christians safety from persecution and the Holy Roman Empire was established. From that moment forward, Christians became the persecutors and among many peoples the Jews were persecuted severely.
Some of the largest conflicts among the members of the early Christian Church were sourced from issues revolving around Gentile converts. The early church debated whether or not to accept gentiles into the movement in the first place, and if accepted, whether or not the Gentiles should convert to Jewish tradition, by keeping the laws of Moses, requiring circumcision among other things. Members of the early church were divided on these key issues and the church was put in jeopardy and was threatened by a break up over problems that Jesus had not addressed.
Gentiles rarely and almost never converted to Judaism, partly because of the religious obligations to be initiated into Judaism and partly because of strong hatred towards the Jews they viewed as arrogant bigots.
Conditions for converting to Judaism today reflect how one converted to ancient Judaism 2000 years ago and include.
1) Mitzvahs - He must believe in God and the divinity of the Torah, as well as accept upon himself to observe all 613 mitzvahs (commandments) of the Torah.
2) Milah - Male converts must undergo circumcision by a qualified "Mohel." If he was previously circumcised by a doctor, he then undergoes a ritual called "hatafas dam" a ritual circumcision done by drawing a drop of blood from the penis.
3) Mikveh - All converts must immerse in the Mikveh - a ritual bath linked to a reservoir of rain water (similar to a baptism).
All of the above must be done before a court of three Jewish men who themselves believe in God, accept the divinity of the Torah, and observe the mitzvahs.
The strict Jewish laws make it very difficult for a Gentile to accept converting to Judaism. The conversion itself could be considered by some to be a very bizarre and unpleasant experience. This unnecessary experience would be enough to discourage many from joining the early Christian church, if they needed to observe Jewish laws first, in order to be considered Christians.
Though Gentiles in the ancient age rarely converted to Judaism, at around 200 C.E the population of Gentile Christians outweighed the population of Jewish Christians, largely because of the Apostle Paul's work among the masses, converting the Gentiles. Paul is credited for being the one who brought Christianity to the Gentiles, throughout the heart of the Roman Empire. He was hated by Jews and even by many of the fellow Christian Jews of his own religious sect, because of his ministry towards the Gentiles, stating they needed not maintain Jewish Laws to be Christians. This led to conflict with Jewish Christians who attacked the Apostle Paul in Jerusalem, nearly killing him, before he was arrested by the Romans and imprisoned for years and later executed.
Paul's Arrival at Jerusalem
17When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers received us warmly. 18The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. 19Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: "You see brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 21They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. 22What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 23so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 24Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. 25As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality."
26The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.
27When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, 28shouting, "Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple area and defiled this holy place." 29(They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple area.)
30The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut. 31While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
33The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 34Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. 35When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers. 36The crowd that followed kept shouting, "Away with him!"
This may have been the greatest conflict within the early church and we can blame the fact that Jesus, never truly to any great extent supported universal unity and peace among Jews and Gentiles. Because the leader and teacher Jesus never liberated his students and followers from the strict Jewish lifestyles, conflict arose midst the early church over the old Jewish traditions and the addition of the Christian philosophy.
Ironically it was the Gentile emperor Constantine who converted to Christianity and in 313 AD issued the "Edict of Milan," which commanded tolerance of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire, ending its persecution. Constantine converting to Christianity, and not only protected it, but sponsoring and supporting it, establishing it as the official religion of the Roman Empire. This was definitely a major turning point in history, for the fate of the Christian church. Now today there are about 2 billion Christians in the world and the population Gentile Christians far outweighs the population of Judeo Christians.
What would have happened to Christianity if Paul never began to convert the Gentiles? Christianity wouldn’t have been supported by masses of the Gentiles, Constantine never would have been converted, advocating the “Edict of Milan” and establishing the Holy Roman Empire, and most definitely roughly 2 billion Christians wouldn’t exist in the world today. If Christianity maintained the stubborn, arrogant and racist Jewish laws of segregating from the Gentiles, Christianity never would have spread across the planet Earth like it has.
Jesus himself is not to credit for the spread of Christianity among the Gentiles, because he himself was strictly seeking to only minister to the Jews and rarely accepted serving Gentiles. We can credit Paul and other early church members like Peter who stood up for ministering Christianity to the Gentiles, though against the grain of major Judeo Christian opposition, and can credit the Emperor Constantine for supporting to protect and enforce Christianity midst the Roman Empire.
Considering that Christianity states that only faith in Jesus of Nazareth can justify oneself for salvation, I ask then, if persecution of Christianity hadn’t stopped at the will of Constantine, reducing the resistance against Christianity and helping it spread across the Roman Empire, would this mean that masses of those who weren’t reached with the Christian dogma, because of persecution, would go to hell? Would our souls be damned to hell, if Christianity wasn’t preached to us, because the early Christian Church maintained segregation laws and never accepted ministering to us because of our race? Should those early Christians then not be accountable for our decent into hell because they were racist and unwilling to share with us their creed? Should Jesus not be accountable if we go to hell because his ministry and gospel on Earth was given strictly in favor of the Jews, who strictly segregated from the Gentiles in the early church?
Try to open your mind to understanding reason and logic about this controversial issue and learn the truth about Jesus of Nazareth. Give up on popular opinion and walk in the reality of the Universe. To read more on the life of Jesus, please take a look at the essay I wrote called The Christ. It will explain the truth behind the Christian faith and it's spiritual leader Jesus.