The world of antiquity was awash with slavery just as the modern world is awash with a ruthless corporate capitalism.<quoted text>
There is a reason that I post book, chapter and verse. Go look them up and read them in context. After all, that is the only way that you can understand anything in the Bible. What I quoted was specifically from the Torah, the books of the Laws of the God of the Bible. Anything that is in there is the law, anything that is not in there is can never be added. In point of fact, there are MANY verses within the Torah that very clearly state that NOTHING is to ever be added or taken out of the Laws, as put forth in the Torah. Slavery is in there, therefore, the God of the Bible says that slavery is okay.
Now, if you want to discuss the huge differences between the slavery that was considered acceptable in the Bible and the slavery that was practiced in the American South, fine, we can. But you cannot say that the Bible does not support the institution of owning slaves; to do so would clearly be a lie.
We have slaves in all but name today but they are outsourced to the third world. The reason that shirt you are wearing cost only a few dollars at the store is because it was made by some slave who works for 50 cents an hour and is often a child bonded to a master.
I don't like this and probably you don't like this, but we will buy the shirts anyway because the "free trade" con has driven local manufacturers with free properly paid workers out of business and we need to be dressed. We are opposed to this and yet practicality means we will for the time being live with this.
The bible's tone is very anti-slavery and the laws of the Old Testament are generally concerned with preventing the abuse of slaves.
The New Testament tells the faithful to treat slaves as brothers.
The bible is not pro slavery.