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Why does God condone slavery? [View all]

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Why does the God of the Old and New Testament condone and at times endorse slavery?
Surely this is one of humanities great sins. Won't a loving and just God condemn one person taking all freedom from another? Shouldn't one of the Ten Commandments, the basis of all of God's laws, be a prohibition of slavery. After all the story of Exodus is all about the Hebrews getting their freedom from Egypt through God's actions. Shouldn't all people be free? But the Hebrews are explicitly allowed to have slaves, and even sell their children into slavery.
Could this not have been a commandment if God was just and good?
"Thou shall not have slaves, nor allow others to be made slaves"

It also belies the whole argument of free will. Slaves cannot exercise free will.

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