by G. Brown
The bible is as referred to as the holy book full of heavenly love and goodness. It’s a manual telling mankind how to treat one another. God even says tells readers to point blank in Revelations 22 not to add anything to the holy bible or take anything from it.
Slave owners ripped that reference out of the bible along with just about every other chapter because they didn’t want the slaves to know everything God said.
A copy of the “Slave Bible” is on display at Washington’s Museum of the Bible. The book was pared down to a mere portion of the original stories because slave masters wanted to control slaves and not let them have any sense of who they were created to be.
The book given to slaves was a mere 232 chapters…less than a quarter of the actual Bible. The Bible as we know it today actually contains 1189 chapters with 929 of them in the Old Testament and the remaining 250 chapters in the New Testament. It’s comprised of 66 books with close to half of it being written by Moses, Ezrah, Luke, Jeremiah, and Paul. Paul alone wrote a total of 12 books of the Bible. About 90% of the Old Testament was removed from the “Slave Bible” and about half of the New Testament was omitted.
Slave owners edited the book to instill obedience and try to prevent rebellions by excluding any chapters or pages that might inspire thoughts of liberation. Verses like this one from Galatians which reads…
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
It’s a plot so unbelievably evil that it actually belongs in the pages of the Old Testament right alongside the story the bear unleashed to kill all the evil children who bullied the prophet Jeremiah.
The slave masters justified their actions as a way to keep control over their property…to maintain peace. In order to do so, they had to violate just about all the biggies on the list of sins like lying, changing words of the Holy Book, putting themselves before God. They punished slaves who dared learned to read and when they realized that plan wouldn’t stop the slaves they decided to lie to them and hide the truth of what God says.
Some will focus on the debate about whether there is a God or about the evils of Christianity and organized religion. That’s fine…beliefs like politics and the economy will always be debated. But there is no debate here about the total lack of humanity extolled by slave masters who took away the rights of slaves to even decided if they believed in God or not.
The insidiousness of this plan is only superseded by the hubris of it all. The slave masters weren’t just keeping the inspiration of liberation from the slaves. They were also keeping love, hope and redemption from them. Basic rights given to them by an almighty creator…the same God who created them. When Satan challenged the Creator, he got booted from heaven. Wonder what awaits those so-called Christian masters who did the same?