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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