Logical Consistency

Logical Consistency

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What does it matter if my worldview is fully aligned or only somewhat aligned with the Bible? "What difference does it make?" "God and I have an understanding, so why do I need to take the Bible seriously?" If only close enough, was good enough in this case.

The nation of Israel was the most Jewish nation on Earth. And yet after it'd been around a while, God had some pretty harsh words for it:
Ezekiel 36:20-23  hub
My nation has been around a while too. At one time it could easily have been called the most Christian nation on Earth. And it could easily be argued it was the most blessed. But we have a huge blemish in our history. (Like any nation, we have many blemishes, but let's start with one.)

The people who originally settled in the southern colonies in the 1500s and 1600s realized there was tremendous wealth to be had if only enough people could work the fields. But people were scarce enough that everyone could afford to expect a decent wage. So for no other reason than to meet their own arbitrary expectations for a high standard of living (greed) they needed slave labor. Slavery is actually endorsed in the Bible, but before you start yelling at me, it's critical to understand that the slavery permitted by God looked nothing like slavery that was rampant in the United States of America. This is my first example of the difference between a strong and weak Biblical worldview.

There were specific reasons a person could become a slave:
Exodus 22:3  hub
Leviticus 25:44-46  hub
There were specific expectations for how a slave was to be treated:
Exodus 21:20-21  hub
Exodus 21:32  hub
Exodus 23:12  hub
Jeremiah 34:16  hub
Ephesians 6:5-9  hub
Colossians 4:1  hub
There were numerous reasons a slave was to be freed:
Exodus 21:2-4  hub
Exodus 21:7-11  hub
Exodus 21:26-27  hub
Leviticus 25:54-55  hub
Deuteronomy 23:15-16  hub
And it's interesting that even though it's allowed, it's not characterized as a best practice:
Deuteronomy 24:7  hub
1 Timothy 1:9-10  hub
When we use a weak Biblical association to justify our behavior, bad things happen. Just because slavery as a category was allowed in God's word doesn't mean we can take that singular point and then act any way we chose. The overwhelming majority of slaves who ended up in the Americas were kidnapped, or their ansestors were. But the "how" matters. How you aquire, treat, and free them matters. Besides this should be obvious when reading the whole of scripture, there's Exodus 21:16. Christians are supposed to be the protagonist of verses like Zechariah 7:8-10 and James 1:27, not the antagonist. There is no Biblical rational for segregating the intent of these verses to mean they refer to one set of foreigners or fatherless but not another, based on how they look, where they're from, the language they speak, the contents of their posessions, or their economic or political power.

Remember, everything a Christian knows about Christ (the Messiah) we learned (or the people who taught us learned) from the Bible. Jesus quoted Moses numerous times, even criticizing His contemporaries for not taking Moses seriously (Moses wrote the Torah, the first five books of our Bible, starting with Genesis). So the Bible is supposed to be a package deal, it is logically consistent. (Actually everything God makes is consistent, or in other words, authentic. That means whatever you see on the outside is indicative of what you find on the inside.) To the large majority of slave traders and slave owners of my nation's past, when a human became a slave they forfeited their humanity in the process of becoming property. To God, a slave is still fully human and must be treated as such, they just have radically less freedom of choice. The slavery allowed by God wasn't so bad, but slavery in America was horrific, excessive, and wrong. The people who supported slavery in America were at best demonstrating a weak Biblical worldview.

Unfortunately slavery isn't the only blemish in our culture's history. Some people were so stuck on it that it took a Civil War to get them to stop practicing it (forcing it on other people). Sadly even that didn't solve the problem. The southern states to this day continue the spirit of the rebellion by teaching in public schools that the Civil War was instead specifically "the war of northern aggression" or "Lincoln's war between the states". The persistence of the KKK and other so called racial tensions (not limited to southern states) shows the legacy of the paradigm that fueled slavery is still stronger than the rest of us would like. But even this prejudice is unbiblical, for we are all part of one family, regardless of the melatonin in our skin (Galatians 3:28). Every human is a descendent of Adam (and then Noah) and so we are from a single genetic line. The labeling of our skin as either black or white is technically inaccurate, for we are all just different shades of brown. Our Creator never said, implied, nor accepted discrimination in the Bible based on demographics (biological characteristics, location, family, wealth, intelligence, style preference, etc.) He was very discriminatory based on worldview and beliefs (Exodus 34:10-16). To an atheist or other non-Christian, at least they're being consistent with their stated beliefs when they disregard the Word of God. (Secular Humanists often demonstrate an anti-Biblical worldview.) A weak Biblical worldview is synonymous with acknowledging that God is our Creator and yet not really caring about what He has declared as important. God has been recorded as getting pretty mad when we've patronized Him:
Isaiah 1:11-20  hub
Isaiah 29:13-16  hub
Malachi 1:6-14  hub
Malachi 3:8-12  hub
Patronization can be just as much a cause of God's wrath as flat out rebellion. This is why Jesus got so mad at the religious leaders of His day while simultaneously having so much compassion on everyone else. It's logically inconsistent to call yourself Christian and be content with a weak Biblical worldview. As Solomon alludes to in Proverbs 4:7, do all you can to perpetually strengthen your Biblical worldview, no matter how much (especially because of the) personal change it may result in.

While we're on the topic of slavery, there's one more point to make. There's another form of slavery that still saturates the world today, it's our slavery to sin:
Genesis 4:7  hub
John 8:32-35  hub
Romans 6:6-23  hub
1 Peter 2:16  hub
2 Peter 2:19  hub
Are we really a Christian nation, or are we simply coasting on the fumes of what once was a Christian nation? I wish we were, but a Christian nation would not tolerate laws that protect any sin that is specifically spelled out in the Bible. Endorsing sin by protecting it with laws would be logically inconsistent with claiming to be Christian, and gives God a bad reputation in the word. When deciding/​voting on laws, the issue of whether they endorse, protect, and promote sin is infinitely more important than the economic or political consequences/​implications of those laws. This doesn't minimize the value of economics and politics, it just means morals, ethics, and culture are still more valuable and we mustn't forget the priorities that actually lead to long term goal achievement. Specifically, honoring our Creator and taking Him seriously. Even from a selfish perspective, sin is a bad idea. Sin looks great (tempting) but always disappoints (Proverbs 16:25).

FYI, here's a great YouTube video on the cause of the American Civil War. As bonus reading, here are more Bible verses on slavery that didn't quite fit into the above categorizations:
Deuteronomy 21:10-14  hub
1 Corinthians 7:21-23  hub
1 Corinthians 9:19  hub
1 Corinthians 12:13  hub
2 Corinthians 3:17  hub
Galatians 5:1  hub
Galatians 5:13  hub
Colossians 3:11  hub
Colossians 3:22-28  hub
1 Timothy 6:1-2  hub
Titus 2:9-10  hub
Hebrews 2:14-15  hub
1 Peter 2:18  hub

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