A question about the bible and slavery

I had a discussion with a friend of mine some hours ago. I had questions and wanted to get his insight into the matter. I asked him: “Why does the bible not identify slavery as an evil? Under the Old Testament, slavery was accepted as the norm and was even practised by the Jews. Under the New Testament, we have commandments for slaves to obey their masters. We have commandments to treat slaves fairly. Not…

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God’s love expects something in return

If you were raised in church, you probably grew up being told that God’s love is the kind that does not expect anything in return. You probably believed it too. Hopefully, you will come to see how that statement is false in every way possible. God demands that we love Him back. He demands obedience too. Surely, that is some expectation. No? Yes; God loved us before we were capable of loving Him. But He…

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Even with God, love is not enough

When we say that there is no such thing as an unconditional relationship, or we say that love is not enough, which really is a matter of semantics, people often retort with one statement or the other that implies that love is all we need and cite the example of God as one we enjoy an unconditional relationship with or one who’s love is sufficient. So, let’s examine whether love is enough for God. Being…

"Even with God, love is not enough"

This street preacher didn’t expect what I did

It was not yet 5am when the voice of a street preacher shattered the quietness of the morning. This was not the first time it was happening. It isn’t a rarity to find Street preachers waking one up early in the morning. But I had had enough of it. I stepped out of the house, out of the yard and into the street. I knew what to expect. His limited mind would see me as…

"This street preacher didn’t expect what I did"

The bible, genocide, racism, and sexism

Does the bible contain accounts of genocide, racism, and sexism as we know them today? Does the bible tell us that the holy and good God at various times instructed His followers to carry out acts that fit today’s definitions of genocide, racism, sexism? The unequivocal answer to both questions is YES. Yes; there is a significant amount of those things in the bible. Only people who do not read and study that book –…

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The derogatory perception of the unmarried woman

Henrieta Stackpole, a character in Henry James’ novel, Portrait of a Lady, averred that marriage is a duty. Getting married is an obligation for an individual who isn’t in a religious order. Unmarried people are seen as irresponsible and wayward in most societies especially African societies. Unmarried people, especially women, are regarded as failed people. They are called derogatory names when gossiped by people, their friends and even their family members. I once asked a…

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