As you have noticed (and we agree), this website is pretty awesome. Why you would choose to not be a member or logged in is baffling to both of us. The process is simple and costs you nothing, unless you really feel the urge to pay then we will not deny you that request. Back on point, once you become a member you will wonder why you put up with this notice all this time and ask yourself, "What was I thinking?" Being a tWebber is too awesome to pass up.
So stop playing ninja trying to act all stealth and lurking about (we see you), do you really want to be seen as a "lurker". Its like you are peeking in people's windows while they undress. How naughty of you. Does your mom know what you are doing right now? She agrees you should just register or login already. Good job.
In that time period, having daily bread was much less of a given than it is today, at least in the US. If everyone in a community didn't work, then was often not enough food for everyone to eat, hence the rule that if you don't work, you don't eat. If someone couldn't pay their debts, they could either sell themselves into slavery to pay them off, take up a life of begging, or starve, and if they tried begging while they were able to work, they'd probably starve anyway. Slavery was a necessary part of their culture, but unlike modern conceptions of it, if the slaves were mistreated, then they could freely leave.
"Faith is nothing less than the will to keep one's mind fixed precisely on what reason has discovered to it." - Edward Feser
"Faith and reason are the shoes on your feet. You can travel further with both than you can with just one." - Alwyn Macomber
"A rich man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least." - Unknown
Yes it does. However the requirements Paul puts down for how you treat slaves turn out to be impossible in practice. After centuries of experiencing this, the Church (all branches, as far as I know) decided that it's unacceptable.
This is the kind of judgement that I believe Jesus empowered the Church to make.
Slightly longer answer: only if you'd consider the use of credit cards in an environment without bankruptcy laws to be slavery.
An even longer, but still not very long, answer: If you were in serious debt in OT times, and found yourself unable to pay, you were allowed to enter into your creditor's household. You worked for that household, and your creditor-now-employer had to feed you, clothe you, shelter you, and generally treat you decently. Also, at the end of your 7 years of service(less if you happen to hit a jubilee year), you were to be released with a portion of your creditor's wealth in order to make a start for yourself outside of his household. You were not simply turned out on the street with nothing. Mistreating your servants, including but not limited to serious physical injury(it was a case law system, so the same law could be applied more broadly than the text literally stated), required the debt be erased and the servant be released immediately.
There were other things in place, too. There was an optional ritual one could undergo in order to join their employer's house permanently, but it was optional and other than the duration of their work nothing else changed. It wasn't a free-for-all on people who wanted to beat their employees. And there were also "safe zones" of a sort set up for servants who left their employee early, in that they wouldn't be pursued, charged with a crime(accruing a debt and failing to pay it back is theft, after all), or returned to their household. The little things like that make it obvious that the arrangement was voluntary. Nobody was forced into debt, and nobody was forced into the employ of their creditor if they really didn't want to be. I can imagine that fleeing instead of paying one's debt, though, carried a high price in shame.
It's a complex situation, because the Bible discusses a wide variety of master-servant cirumstances, only some of which parallel "slavery" as it was practiced in the American colonies.
The situation closest to the chattel slavery practiced in colonial days is that of Exodus 21:16, wherein slaves were kidnapped from their families by other tribes, sold to slave traders, and taken to other countries (e.g. America) where they remained slaves their whole lives, with no real prospect of freedom as a general rule, and their children were born into the same circumstance. As you can see from Exodus 21, those who perpetuated such a system would have been liable to the death penalty under the Mosaic law.
I'm sympathetic to companies like Myriad patenting tests for particular genes (even though the prices they charge are outrageous - $3000 when other companies can do the same testing for about $200). ...
TheologyWeb was founded in January 2003 as the personal hobby of dizzle, yxboom and their cohort $cirisme. The site is maintained and owned by dizzle, and yxboom. It continues to function by an entirely volunteer Administrative and Moderating team. TheologyWeb does not exist to make a profit or promote a particular denomination or secondary view witihin Christianity, nor is it under the purview of any denomination or church. Our leadership team, consisting of laypersons and leaders within various churches, holds each other in mutual accountability for the decisions of the site, whose decisions are final. With that said, please bring back Invader Zim!