Did God Free Black Slaves?

Posted: March 1, 2015 in Politics, Religion
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When one comes from under the yoke of bondage, not the law the self-appointed Apostle Paul was speaking about, one is able to think and speak freely without fear of upsetting the God of the Bible. I personally come from under bondage to freedom. The topic I want to tackle is: Did God free Black slaves?
My answer is, emphatically, he did not. I want to show how narrow a belief can be, but because of fear (false evidence appearing real) people try to make that square fit into a rectangle. When I was a believer I didn’t necessarily think it was God’s will to enslave, however I did think God freed the slaves. I looked to history to be my teacher yet I had a myopic outlook. I’m reminded of John Browns prophecy “I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty, land: will never be purged away; but with Blood. I had as I now think: vainly flattered myself that with ought very much bloodshed; it might be done.”
I thought this single incident warranted God to pass a type of judgment against the United States, that was my brain washing. History can be used to prove or disprove how you look or view something. The question that must be answered, was Lincoln truly God’s man, an upstanding man, a righteous man? Before I continue I want to say, first, this is by no means exhaustive. I’m only making a point. When people use the Bible to substantiate their beliefs, they have to realize, the Bible is an ancient book with an ancient point of view, not a modern book with a modern point of view. The real question is how we can follow an ancient book that was written to reflect the society at that time. So did God Free Black Slaves?
When you listen to ignorant Christian bigots who say it was God’s judgment that brought about the Civil War. So God allowed slavery from the sixteenth to mid-nineteenth century to continue. Think about this way, a century is a hundred years of bondage. Not just bondage but bondage of God’s original people. If the first five books of the Bible are true, Blacks brought about civilization, first in Ethiopia (the black face) then Egypt (land of the black), but he let his people suffer. This fact is disturbing, very disturbing, yet people still call on him daily. This is one of the reasons if not the main reason I became a free thinker, agnostic or whatever you want to call it. So God allowed this blight to happen to people who called out to him, who were treated like sub-human (dogs were treated better)! It’s okay to think, it’s not illegal yet. We have to become honest and stop protecting the precious Bible, coming up with our image of God, the Christ, angels, and whatever else we’re made to believe.
Let us look at our so-called national hero, Abraham Lincoln who is likened to blessings and cursing all at the same time. You can’t be on both sides of the fence and he was. In the article 5 Things You May Not Know about Lincoln, Number 2: Lincoln didn’t believe blacks should have the same rights as whites. He argued that the Founding Fathers’ phrase “All men are created equal” applied to blacks and whites alike; this did not mean he thought they should have the same social and political rights. His views became clear during an 1858 series of debates with his opponent in the Illinois race for U.S. Senate, Stephen Douglas, who had accused him of supporting “negro equality.” In their fourth debate, at Charleston, Illinois, on September 18, 1858, Lincoln made his position clear. “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races,” he began, going on to say that he opposed blacks having the right to vote, to serve on juries, to hold office and to intermarry with whites. What he did believe was that, like all men, blacks had the right to improve their condition in society and to enjoy the fruits of their labor. In this way they were equal to white men, and for this reason slavery was inherently unjust. Lincoln preferred colonization he didn’t believe blacks and whites could coexist. You damn right if one is made lower. He also didn’t believe slavery to be morally wrong. Let’s look at a little time line of the much admired Lincoln.
• January 1863, 4 million slaves freed
• June 1863, wanted to recruit freed slave and send them to Guyana and Belize.
• 1852 publically advocated colonization, to send freed slaves to Liberia
• Considered sending freed slaves to Panama to construct a canal, decades before work began in 1903
We come back to the same question: Is the civil war is God’s judgment on America? Slavery was and always will remain an economic issue; the south wanted free labor. The Bible was used to uphold slavery, why, because it upheld slavery. Slaves are property of the owner Ex 21:2-11, 20-21
Jesus went with the status quo; he never spoke up for or against women’s rights or slavery. The great Apostle Paul wasn’t concerned either, look at the small letter to Philemon concerning Onesimus, the runaway slave. Simply look at Paul’s words Eph 6:5, Titus 2:19. Look at the famous curse of Ham, Gen 9:25-27 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers.” 26 He also said, “Blessed by the LORD my God be Shem; and let Canaan be his slave.” 27 God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his slave,” which is the greatest of lies. Taken from The original African Heritage Study Bible, the curse of Canaan is explained. Every black or other believer should have this Bible simply for the notes alone, not the version. All KJV should be thrown away if not only for the poetic language. The RSV should be the standard. “Most people believe Ham was cursed and therefore, so were all black people of African/Hamitic descent. However, careful study of the Scriptures reveals that the curse was placed upon Canaan (Gen. 9:25), a son of Ham.
Ham’s other sons, Mizraim, Phut, and Cush, also progenitors of parts of Africa, were not cursed. This particular curse justified Abraham’s inheritance of the land of Canaan as his blessing because Shem and descendants (Gen. 9:26) received the blessing of his father Noah due to this strong desire to be in his father’s image and his love for God.” The first five books of Genesis are the most disputed. Most believers do not believe the story since there are no proofs of the stories.
To sum this all up, Lincoln said you can keep your slaves if you don’t secede from the Union. The real reason for the war was economics with the bulk of the monies for the Southern states. Lincoln only did what he did to save his ass. It wasn’t about God caring, it was about slaves again proving themselves. The question remains, was black freedom only by assimilation, fighting in immoral wars to prove our blood lust for a country that didn’t care for Black people?

Written by John the Revelator


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