The Book of Philemon explained with illustrations
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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought through the Book of Philemon.

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35 thoughts on “Read Scripture: Philemon

  1. “atheists”: “but Christians endorses slavery”

    christian: no, no it doesn’t – it undermines it/abolishes it (eventually); unlike you, liars, are the ones who endorse slavery.

    • Uh,, its common sense that these were under ROMES influence, since they were ROMAN CITICENS.  Furthermore, what is the lesson?  Did you hear what was said, or hear what you WANTED to hear … completely ignoring that the whole “master / slave” was DONE AWAY WITH and they became brother?   Not to mention the fact that INDENTURED SERVENTS aren’t exactly slaves, but people paying off a debt, or put into service by someone else, or EMPLOYEES and EMPLOYERS (who are contracted).smhChristianity does not promote slavery.  Never has.  Your problem is you dont’ know the Scriptures (at all), and your read the Engish word “slave” and your mind automatically defaults to “slavery” as YOU know it.  Tell me, do you see ANY words in the Bible called “employer” or “employee”?  No.  You don’t.  It’s called “Master” and “slave”

    • Hi Mi Les, with further study, you can find that the definition “slave” was a loosely translated term. Many say that many of the slaves could be likened to employees now days.

    • right, but fundy atheists only think of slave as “the black people in 1700s-1900s”

      slave could mean people who provide services and other labors. A lot of them were debt servitude.

    • There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. You are all the same in Christ Jesus.
      Galatians 3:28

      It’s not that the Apostle Paul endorsed slavery. He exhorted all believers to submit themselves to the natural order of authority (Read Philemon), to exude before non-Judeo-Christians God’s Grace and generosity.

      When a person comes to faith in Christ Jesus, personal and saving encounter that quickens, they become a part of God’s new humanity.

      John 3:3

  2. Excellent work. This just proves that the Bible does not endorse slavery. God is the God of ALL nations and as the book says, there is neither slave nor free men under his sovereignty.

    • In the old testament a slave is only suppose to be a slave for 7 years and they are to be treated fairly and if the jews did wrong by a slave God said for the slave to cry out to Him and He would deal with the jews. If I remember correctly. Slavery was never to be what is became. And Jesus died and we all where unified by Him it was no longer ok to enslave your brother, esp not your brother in Christ. Jesus is awesome

  3. It would be great to see an educational video on how the bible was assembled, the time period over which it was written, the books were chosen for the bible and why others weren’t.

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