I posted this on another page of the forum but had no reply.
The Bible gives pretty specific statements regarding keeping slaves. It states you may buy slaves (with an emphasis that if you do buy them, you are to buy them from nations around you), and that you can buy temporary residents and other people born in my country, and that I can pass them on to my children as inherited property to make them slaves for life. It only seems to cut a deal with fellow Israelites, specifying that I must not rule over them “ruthlessly”. It also tells me how I can arrange that a slave gets married and even in the rare situations where I am to let my slave go free, I would still be able to retain the newly-wed couple as property.
(Leviticus 25:44, and others)
I don’t see how such a situation could possibly be moral. In fact, legislating it as Leviticus does seems to be at the very least tacit approval of slavery. If the United States currently had laws in place identical to the ones given in the passage referenced above, we could surely state that such laws were absolutely immoral.
Is there anything in the usual texts that states you shall not ever own a person as property? I believe this is something we can agree to universally be the case; owning a person as property (justified simply by that person being for sale) is an immoral act and anyone condoning such a thing is an immoral person.
Do you agree that it would be an immoral act to buy a human being and own them for life? If so, where in scripture do you draw such a conclusion from, if at all?