BIBLE ESTABLISHES SLAVERY, VEDAS PREACH EQUALITY AND LIBERTY
1. BIBLE ESTABLISHES SLAVERY
(i) Slaves are permanent possession to be inherited by future children
The Holy Bible not only justifies but also establishes slavery. The Biblical God admonishes and authorises his followers to buy both bondmen and bondmaids from among the heathens who stay around them. Biblical God goes one step further and incites his followers to treat the bondmen and bondmaids as a permanent possession and property to be inherited by future children ! Read the following three passages :
The afore-mentioned three verses indicate categorically that followers of Bible do not treat non-believers (heathens, pagans) as their equal brothers, but inferior men and women fit to be permanent slaves, who can be purchased and also inherited for future children. Will the Christian members of organisation like Human Rights Commission approve of the above verses of Holy Bible ? If not, why do they not raise voice against the justification and establishment of slavery and bonded labour in Holy Bible ?
Bertrand Russell, the renowned philosopher, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, states :
(ii) Biblical judgments regarding slaves
The Holy Bible has set some judgments regarding slaves. According to these judgments, a Hebrew servant can be freed after he has served his master for six years. But during the period of six years, if his master has given him a wife, and she has born him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s property and he shall go out alone by himself. Here are the six verses :
217. “1. Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.”(iii) The New Testament also sanctions slavery
The following six verses of the New Testament not only advocate but also establish the system of slavery :
The readers should note the use of the words ‘under the yoke’ which are generally used for animals.
Note the establishment of slavery in the name of ‘God, the Saviour’!
Here slaves are ordainded to serve their masters with fear and trembling, considering themselves as the servants of Christ. Moreover, the above verse confirms slavery as ‘the will of God’.
The above verse of the New Testament ordains the slaves to serve with all fear not only their gentle masters, but also perverse and harsh ones - that too in the name of God, the Saviour ! With all this, will Christian missionaries boast that Christianity believes in equality of men ?
Rev. Alexander Campbell unambiguously advocates the system of slavery and bondage by saying that it is not immoral because it is confirmed by the Bible. He states :
Thomas Jefferson, the third President of America, opines :
The French Revolutionists rejected the Bible and abolished slavery in the colonies, while the Church reintroduced the Bible and slavery.144
Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, (1833-1899), the famous orator and statesman of U.S.A., who popularised the criticism of the Bible on the basis of a humanistic philosophy and scientific rationalism, opines candidly :
“The real oppressor, enslaver and corrupter of the people is the Bible.”145
The most devoted Christian King, George III, abhorred abolition of slavery. The most zealous defenders of slavery in America were Bible moralists. Abraham Lincolin’s ‘Emancipation Proclamation’ nullified ‘God’ law’ of Holy Bible.
In spite of the afore-mentioned Biblical texts which not only sanction but also confirm and establish slavery, the Christian missionaries boast that contribution of Christianity towards modern civilization in the West is of paramount importance. Ms Matilda Joslyn Gage, one of the renowned historians of America, falsifies their claim as under
Ms Matilda Joslyn Gage quotes Wendell Phillips in support of her statement. Wendell Phillips opines :
(i) All men are equal
The philosophy of Holy Vedas revolves round fraternity and equality. None is superior to another. None is master, none is slave. All men have equal rights on the earth. Nature treats all alike, whether he is brown or black, high or low, prince or pauper. Lord has prescribed the same mode of birth and death for all men of the earth. All souls are equally alike
samaanaa =dyaaina va: |(ii) Live and let live
Vedic religion (Hindu religion) is based on the golden principle of ‘live and let live’. Exploitation in any form is strictly prohibited in Vedic religion. Supreme Being dwells in the hearts of all men. Then why to enslave a fellow-being, who has the same equal right to live with dignity and liberty ? Holy Vedas admonish us to live and let others live :
jaIvaa sqa jaIvyaasaMProf. Max Muller admires and appreciates Vedas in the following words :
(iii) Slavery is pain, liberty is pleasure
No other suffering on the earth is so painful as slavery. All troubles and tribulations, tortures and turmoils appear insignificant in comparison to agonies of bondage. No other joy in the world is so great as liberty. It is the root of real delight and source of genuine joy. He who is deprived of liberty is the most wretched man on the earth. Freedom is a blessing, where as slavery is a curse. Freedom is life, where as slavery is death. Freedom is rapture, where as slavery is torture.
Shri Manu, the first law-giver of the world, says
sava-M parvaSaM du:KaM sava-maatmavaSaM sauKama\ |(iv) Crush the man who enslaves us
Holy Vedas precept and preach universal brotherhood. All human beings on the earth are brothers having one and the same father, God Almighty who treats all alike. Hence all are entitled to equal rights and privileges. But if some persons, on account of their selfish motive and malicious mentality, try to encroach upon the liberty of others, they are not to be treated as brothers. They are to be dealt with as encroachers, assaulters and enemies. Vedas authorise us to crush the man who tries to subjugate us, because protection of liberty then becomes unavoidable necessity.
yaao naao Agnao#iBadasatyainta dUro padIYT sa: |
Holy Vedas admonish us that he, who snatches the basic right of liberty and wishes to make us servile, should not be allowed at all to exercise his power, whether he is alien or our own kith and kin:
yaao na [nd`aiBadasaita sanaaiBaya-Eca inaYTya: |
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143 Charles Smith : ‘Bible In The Balance’, first published in Europe, reprinted by Hindu Writers’ Forum, New Delhi, p. 11
145 (i) Col. Robert G. Ingersoll : ‘Ingersoll’s Lectures and Essays’, published by Watts and Co., London
(ii) Charles Smith : ‘Bible in the Balance’, first published in Europe, reprinted by Hindu Writers’ Forum, New Delhi, cover page no. 2
146 Matilda Joslyn Gage : ‘Woman, Church and State’, New York, 1893, reprinted by Voice of India, New Delhi, 1997, p. 539