I Accidentally Went to a Bible Study Group

Yes, I know. How do you accidentally go to a Bible study group?

Well, I suppose I was kind of unintentionally forced… er… that sounds even more oxymoronic, but bear with me. Last night, my mum forced me to go see a movie they were showing on campus. What she didn’t know was that it was put on by one of the Christian organization. The movie in question was Amazing Grace (the title couldn’t have given her any clue as to the nature of the organization!), which was about the abolitionist movement in Britain and it’s religious motivations.

Although it had religious overtones, it was still a good movie, though the chair I was sitting in was a bit uncomfortable…

Anyway, afterwards, they divided us into little groups to discuss the movie. They printed out a sheet of movie questions, reminiscent of the movie questions teachers give to the class to make sure that they were paying attention.

At one point, they asked the question “If your society supports slavery, how can you change it?”

I said the secular thing to say. “Tell your society why they are wrong.”

“But why is slavery wrong?” they replied, in an attempt to force the discussion in a religious direction.

“You’re obviously causing needless suffering on to human beings which should be stopped.” An obvious answer, but unsatisfactory. The answer they were looking for was…

People should not belong to people. People should belong to God.”

“I just think that people should belong to themselves” I retorted, and there were some awkward laughs as they took the discussion back in a secular direction.

But honestly, if they have to say that people belong to God, or that God created all men equal to prove that slavery is wrong, Christians have got some pretty lame morals. Slavery is wrong because nobody should belong to anybody. Slavery is wrong because nobody should be forced to work for other people. Slavery is wrong because it’s torturous. Slavery is wrong because it causes terrible suffering. Anybody who’s studied it and has any form of decent moral values should know that it’s wrong.

Why Christians are so desperate to make it seem like they have the best reasons why slavery is of interest to me. Perhaps it’s simply another “religious values are better than secular values” thing… but maybe there’s also a bit of guilt in the fact that the only restrictions the Bible places on slave ownership is that you can’t damage their eyes or their teeth.

Sorry to burst your sanctimonious-secularism-sucks bubble.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Christians are all for slavery. They said it themselves, “People should belong to God.” Simple as that. Funny thing is, they don’t realize it.

  2. Not bad, although of course, you could also have bashed them with the bible saying that God condones slavery in the bible, so if slavery is wrong, then the bible is too.

  3. Jesus, who according to Christians, is God, never spoke a word against slavery. And neither did any of the people that wrote the Bible. That ought to say it all.

  4. The “scriptures” were written by a culture that condoned and accepted slavery, as did all major cultures for most of humanities’ history. The writers of the Bible, belonging to this said culture, wrote in for their respective time periods. The cultures said slavery was okay, “God” apparently said slavery was okay, therefore these writers, in agreement with “God” did NOT argue that slavery is morally wrong. They cannot be accused of being immoral because their stances were normal at their time periods, but their teachings on the matters of slavery have been carried by millions of believers around the world.

    The Southern States in the Civil War used the Bible to justify their atrocious practice of human slavery. The North used the same book to justify their beliefs in the opposite. Looking from this example, it is clear that we cannot follow the contradictory moral traditions of an ancient culture that practiced many, by today’s standards, immoral beliefs.

  5. Posted by splendidelles on March 3, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Indeed they did.

    Oklahoma is the only state in the Bible Belt that wasn’t a slave state… That’s because it was an Indian reservation at the time.

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