Essay on Controlling The Gospel By John Ridley

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Controlling the Gospel
To this day, we see variation among denominations of Christianity. These are mainly variations of interpretation, which is bound to happen since no one from the Bible is living to verify the true meaning. During the time period described in Slave Narratives, From the Bullwhip Days a collection of stories from former slaves and 12 Years a Slave based on Solomon Northup’s life written by John Ridley, Christianity was controlled by those who could read. Education among slaves was seen as undesirable, an uneducated slave was easier to control as opposed to an educated one. Preaching to those who are unable to read the Bible themselves makes it rather easy to take things out of context, leaving it up to the masters, in this case, to teach the word with their discretion. This led to major discrepancies in Christianity.
Solomon, the main character in 12 Years a Slave, is a free black man that is kidnapped and forced into slavery. He is an educated man, so he was able to read the Bible. Once he was taken into slavery he was held under two different masters. Master Ford was the first man he belonged to. On Ford’s plantation sermons were given. Ford preached straight from the scripture: “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And when the multitude heard this they were astonished at his doctrine” (12 Years a Slave). He is an example of a master who does not use Christianity as another way to control his slaves. Unfortunately, there…

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