Morality comes from honest introspection and the selfless conscience, both endowed and formed and created by GOD.
Then why is it that secular morality has to come in and fix religious morality? You want to see how Christians would act if they followed Biblical morality? Look at Islamic countries and see how they do things. It wouldn't be much different. If morality were truly from God, would the books he chooses to communicate with us exclusively by be a little more moral and a little less barbaric?
I agree that some religions have gone and lead others astray. I agree that there is error which is both spoken of and spoken against in the same book, even the same testament...showing that man, though having capacities for morality, too have capacities for greed and wrong.
Yes, religions do lead people astray, especially Christianity, which has been holding Western societies back intellectually and morally since for centuries.
Different times call for different things, yet I am not condoning slaver, even in the OT. Most cases, even in the OT are speaking metaphorically in relation to the believer and GOD.
Was the Bible being metaphorical when it said that other nations would either be forced into labor if they give up peacefully, or their women and children taken as spoils if they fight back?
Deuteronomy 20:10-15: - "When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies. This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby."
Notice that this is how they were to treat cities that were "at a distance," in other words, "far away." Why attack a city that isn't neighboring yours and is not a threat? To take advantage of your superior strength, of course. So these people who the Israelites attacked unprovoked were given a choice: either they all become slaves or their women and children are made slaves. Not to mention the half dozen times God willfully turned his own people to their enemies, allowing them to become enslaved when he wasn't happy with them.
The Christ plainly ended the decree of acceptance of slaver and bonds what so ever with those same two commands, yet most truly are willfully ignorant to the fact.
Haha! No. The two "greatest commandments" made no mention of slavery. The New Testament even refers to believers as God's slaves. That is how accepting of slavery the New Testament God was.
Romans 6:15-23: "What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
"I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
But what else would you call a group of people who give hours of their time to the church and its functions every week, and hand over 10% or more of their hard-earned money?
The ban of slavery had nothing to do with the Bible. In fact, those for slavery were the ones applying the Bible. When slavery was made illegal, it was because of the moral compass that people had, despite their religion telling them otherwise.