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2 years ago  ::  May 28, 2012 - 10:13AM #101
Adelphe
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May 28, 2012 -- 10:06AM, koolpoi wrote:


May 28, 2012 -- 9:19AM, Adelphe wrote:


May 28, 2012 -- 9:07AM, koolpoi wrote:


1.How about offering jobs instead of enslaving?




And that's exactly what "slavery" in Israel was.  They were domestics, part of the family, contributing to the well-being of the family and reaping the benefits of the family's efforts.




So they could quit anytime?




Anytime.


“You shall not give up to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you. He shall dwell with you, in your midst, in the place that he shall choose within one of your towns, wherever it suits him. You shall not wrong him."   (Deut 23:15-16)

Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, for to go against conscience would be neither right nor safe.  Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.  Amen.
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2 years ago  ::  May 28, 2012 - 11:01AM #102
koolpoi
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May 28, 2012 -- 10:13AM, Adelphe wrote:


May 28, 2012 -- 10:06AM, koolpoi wrote:


May 28, 2012 -- 9:19AM, Adelphe wrote:


May 28, 2012 -- 9:07AM, koolpoi wrote:


1.How about offering jobs instead of enslaving?




And that's exactly what "slavery" in Israel was.  They were domestics, part of the family, contributing to the well-being of the family and reaping the benefits of the family's efforts.




So they could quit anytime?




Anytime.


“You shall not give up to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you. He shall dwell with you, in your midst, in the place that he shall choose within one of your towns, wherever it suits him. You shall not wrong him."   (Deut 23:15-16)




Did that apply both to Hebrew and non-Hebrew slaves?

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2 years ago  ::  May 30, 2012 - 9:55AM #103
davelaw40
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Can you imagine hypotheticals where being a slave was preferrable to other conditions?


If you can; then slavery as evil is not a moral absolute.


If your choice was death as a prisoner of war or slavery-which would you choose?

Non Quis, Sed Quid
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2 years ago  ::  May 30, 2012 - 9:59AM #104
Blü
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dave


If you can; then slavery as evil is not a moral absolute.


Exactly.


There are no moral absolutes.


Not one.


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2 years ago  ::  May 30, 2012 - 10:02AM #105
Adelphe
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May 30, 2012 -- 9:59AM, Blü wrote:


dave


If you can; then slavery as evil is not a moral absolute.


Exactly.


There are no moral absolutes.


Not one.





Maltreatment for the sake of maltreatment is evil--an absolute for us all, I should hope.

Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, for to go against conscience would be neither right nor safe.  Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.  Amen.
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2 years ago  ::  May 30, 2012 - 10:11AM #106
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May 30, 2012 -- 9:55AM, davelaw40 wrote:


Can you imagine hypotheticals where being a slave was preferrable to other conditions?


If you can; then slavery as evil is not a moral absolute.


If your choice was death as a prisoner of war or slavery-which would you choose?




I can't think of any situation in which slavery is morally acceptable and not evil. Letting someone live as a slave, rather than killing them as a POW, is not moral behavior. It is evil behavior to put another human being in such a situation. Enslaving someone during war is not "more moral" or "better" than killing someone during war. Both are evil and immoral. 

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2 years ago  ::  May 30, 2012 - 10:17AM #107
Blü
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Adelphe


Maltreatment for the sake of maltreatment is evil--an absolute for us all


'Maltreatment for its own sake' would perfectly describe the Vatican ban on condoms in HIV-plagued countries.


But there are still no moral absolutes.

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2 years ago  ::  May 30, 2012 - 10:18AM #108
davelaw40
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May 30, 2012 -- 9:59AM, Blü wrote:


dave


If you can; then slavery as evil is not a moral absolute.


Exactly.


There are no moral absolutes.


Not one.





tell me when it is right to cook and eat your children?




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2 years ago  ::  May 30, 2012 - 10:20AM #109
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dave


tell me when it is right to cook and eat your children?


When doing so would prevent a greater evil - the scenario you referred to.


You'll also recall the practice in eg the Carthaginian form of the Phoenician religion where the male children of the nobility were sacrificed by burning, when the going got tough.  Culturally this was highly moral conduct, offering the deity that which was most precious.  It doesn't involve cannibalism but it makes the point.

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2 years ago  ::  May 30, 2012 - 10:37AM #110
koolpoi
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May 30, 2012 -- 9:55AM, davelaw40 wrote:


Can you imagine hypotheticals where being a slave was preferrable to other conditions?


If you can; then slavery as evil is not a moral absolute.


If your choice was death as a prisoner of war or slavery-which would you choose?




So what moral absolutes are there?For almost any evil situation one can think of something worse.

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