Hambo Says the Bible Opposes Slavery & Rape

This is a funny one from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry. The headline is Does the Bible Condone Slavery and Rape? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A common atheistic objection to God’s Word is the accusation that God condones slavery and rape. They will often bring up this objection as a way of saying that the Bible is supposedly an immoral document and therefore we shouldn’t read it, let alone follow or believe it. But is that a good objection?

No atheism is necessary to recognize that the bible has serious problems regarding slavery and rape. But Hambo doesn’t think so. He says:

Well, it [the atheist objection, presumably] flows from a misunderstanding of what the biblical text actually teaches about these issues. You see, many atheists have never read the Bible for themselves or have never searched for answers to their questions. Instead, they simply repeat the objections they’ve heard from other atheists. But there are good answers to their objections!

As we’ve said before, the bible is definitely a pro-slavery book. Approval of slavery is even in the Ten Commandments: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Servant is “slave” in many translations.) Also in Colossians 3:22 (and other places) it says: “Servants [i.e., slaves], obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.”

The bible standards for slavery are clearly spelled out in Leviticus 44-46 (King James version, of course):

44. Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.

45. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession.

46. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.

As for rape, this is from Numbers 31, regarding a war against the Midianites:

17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

There are other passages regarding rape, but we’re not in the mood to search for them. Let’s get back to Hambo. He tells us:

Emeal, or “E.Z.,” Zwayne, the president of the Living Waters ministry, recently sat down with Billy Hallowell, the host of PureTalk, a Pure Flix interview program (you can find this show on Facebook [link omitted]), to share his testimony [Testimony!], answer these questions, as well as several other common atheist objections.

Living Waters? That’s the ministry of Ray Comfort, the former street preacher, best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”. Hambo continues:

This conversation was filmed at our Ark Encounter south of Cincinnati and is part of the “Answering Atheists” series by Pure Flix. I encourage you to watch it below:

The video is embedded in Hambo’s post if you want to see it. We never watch that stuff. The last few paragraphs of Hambo’s post are nothing but promotional stuff for Pure Flix, so this is where we leave it. Oh, don’t forget: There’s nothing favorable about slavery or rape in the bible. You’ve got Hambo’s word for it, and that’s all you need.

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21 responses to “Hambo Says the Bible Opposes Slavery & Rape

  1. Charles Deetz ;)

    It would be helpful this week if they’d also discuss what the bible has to say about racism. Of course they’d have no idea why that would be topical.

  2. That Tenth Commandment, and its list of things that belong to one’s neighbor: house, wife, servants, ox, donkey.

  3. “It flows from a misunderstanding of what the biblical text actually teaches about these issues.”
    How unfortunate then that christians worldwide from the early 4th Century (when christianity became Roman state religion) until deep in the 18th Century (when thanks to Enlightenment people began to wonder whether slavery was acceptable) shared this misunderstanding. Christians must have been very stupid all those centuries – and that they needed critics to become aware of their stupidity.
    When I ask, as a non-christian why should I accept Ol’Hambo’s view on the Bible instead of Jacobus Capitein’s

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobus_Capitein

    centuries-lasting christian stupidity is the only possible answer.
    This confirmed by creationist stupidities regarding evolution theory like the ones Ol’Hambo produces.
    Or does he think himself a better christian than all those christians before him?!

  4. Dave Luckett

    FrankB asks: “Does he (Ham) think himself a better Christian than all those Christians before him?!”

    Why on Earth would you ask such a question? Ironical reflection? Of course he does. Because of that, Ham has been ejected from every Christian congregation he has ever attended, starting with his whapnoodle conventicle back in Queensland, Australia. And these were not mainstream Christian churches to start with. For the mainstream Christian denominations – Church of Rome, Orthodoxy, Episcopalians, even Methodies and Presbyterians, he has nothing but contempt.

    He’s his own minister. pastor, theologian, prophet and missionary. Of course he thinks he’s a better Christian than anybody since St Paul – and on bad days he has doubts about him, too.

  5. The answer to your ending question is “Yes”.

  6. Remember Galileo who could not think of anyone who had noticed a Bible proof text supporting heliocentri.

  7. Michael Fugate

    This recent book: What are Biblical Values? By Yale professor John Collins
    https://books.google.com/books/about/What_Are_Biblical_Values.html?id=zP-hDwAAQBAJ
    Says “The Bible, historically interpreted, condones slavery and many other practices of questionable morality besides.” Pg.8

  8. @DaveL is unnecessarily puzzled: “Why on Earth would you ask such a question? Ironical reflection?”
    Yes. Thanks for the additional info. Apparently such a schismatic attitude is not only a Dutch specialty

  9. Dave Luckett

    @Michael Fugate: Of course the Bible condones slavery. It somewhat regulates it for Hebrew slaves, but it specifically states that Hebrews could take slaves from the other nations around them, keep them permanently and work them ruthlessly: Leviticus 25:44. And if the faithful wave that away and blather about having a new covenant, Jesus also clearly accepted slavery, and stated plainly that slaves could be beaten or “cut into pieces”: Luke 12:42-47.

    Rape is not exactly condoned, but it was treated more like damaging property than a crime against the victim. Rapists were required to marry their victim, if she was a virgin. Deuteronomy 22:28-9. Compensation was payable, but not to her, to her father. The question of whether she wished to marry her rapist is not even considered. Genesis 34 endorses multiple murders of innocent people as vengeance for a rape, hardly an improvement.

    “Questionable morality”? The good professor is no doubt employing understatement, but personally I would prefer a straightforward assertion of fact. The Bible’s laws on slavery and rape were revoltingly immoral, barbarous, cruel and inhuman. Anyone who can defend them is not fit to live in a civilized society. Anyone who can read these texts and call them holy is deranged. True, most Christian fundawhackoes haven’t actually read them, but that’s no excuse.

  10. I’d like to make an amendment: anyone who defends Biblical laws on slavery and rape is not fit to live in our modern society. They were typical for the area (the Mediterranean), the culture and the time of the authors of the book. They were not any worse than what was common in the Greek city states, the Phoenician states and in the Roman Empire. What’s revolting and deranged in my eyes is the willful denial of those fundagelicals that a few things have changed since then.

  11. Ole Hambo notes

    many atheists have never read the Bible for themselves

    No doubt that is so–but he overlooks the large number (I include myself in the count) of folks raised as Christian believers but who subsequently dismissed the creed precisely when they did read the Bible!

    Also: how many scriptures from other, non-Christian religions has Hambo read?

  12. “many atheists have never read the Bible for themselves”

    “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.” and, “There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.” -Isaac Asimov

  13. And then there is this no doubt minor detail that on average atheists know more about the bibles than the theists who endorse bibles:
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2010/09/28/130191248/atheists-and-agnostics-know-more-about-bible-than-religious

  14. Yeah, but nobody knows the Bible like Ol’Hambo does!

  15. @FrankB
    Ordinarily a language purist would object to a sentence like that.

  16. Michael Fugate

    What baffles me is a belief that people were more moral in the past when biblical standards were assumed to be the norm. Based on Bible stories, this conclusion is shown false. Apparently the past is to be mythologized not studied.

  17. Ecclesiastes 7:10
    Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.

  18. @TomS: I have the best excuse possible – I’m not a native English speaker.

  19. FrankB modestly explains

    I’m not a native English speaker.

    The only thing which gives that away is that your command of English is vastly superior to that of a large number of native English speakers. Compared to the current occupier of the Oval Office, you are Cicero compared to Yogi Berra…

  20. Michael Fugate

    I can imagine the conservative Christian pro-life movement citing Numbers 31 as justification – it’s biblical!

  21. Karl Goldsmith

    If only Ken had been there to tell the white christians when they owned black slaves.