Christian Slave Owner's Justification Of Slavery In Harriet Jacob's "Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl" Contrasted With The Bible's Views On Slave

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Despite the fact that Christianity teaches the values of respect, goodwill and generosity, etc., Christian slave holders seem to exclude themselves from these standards, which is indubitably hypocritical. African American slavery is reducing a human being to the condition of property, the same as other goods, wares, merchandise and chattels. The treatment of slaves was customarily lamentable because slave masters had their profit in mind rather than the well-being of their slaves. Due to the way that slavery was practiced in the South, it and Christianity cannot coexist. Those who assume that it can, and practice these two things congruently, are profoundly sanctimonious.
In Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the violence that Linda Brent either witnessed or encountered herself was implemented by a Christian master. Throughout Linda’s life she came to acknowledge that a Christian master was the most dreadful master of all. A Christian master knew the word of God (the teachings from the Bible), so he was able to intentionally misconstrue biblical verses to his own advantage, in order to justify his savage actions and behavior toward his slaves. This evidence also gives us reason as to why the slave owners would not allow the slaves the privilege of learning to read. If a slave was able to read the Bible for themselves, they would in turn learn these same teachings. The thought of this knowledge within the slaves frightened the masters because the slaves would then know the truth about Christianity and would become aware of the deceitfulness of their owners. Christian slave owners lead lives completely opposite of that a “true Christian” should live. So called Christian slave owners should in fact not be called “Christian” at all.
Genesis 9:6 states, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God, he made man.” In this passage we find that all men are created in the image of God. Knowing that in John 4:24, Jesus says that God is Spirit, and that in Luke 24:39, he says that Spirit does not have flesh and bones, this term cannot be an association to the physical appearance. Hence the fact that,...

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