Its got to be in accordance to the teachings of Jesus, by their fruits you shall now them ... And not in the vein, as like taking verses as examples, and making arguments from the OT such as below, when it should be regarding Christ:
You didn't answer my question. How do you know Christ was a true prophet? What criteria did you use to make this decision?
Do you consider Mohammed or Joseph Smith to be true prophets? If not, why not?
Originally Posted by Learner Perhaps they were rather misquoting. People leading the way, having more of a politcal and power ethic than one of Christ.
Perhaps you should go back to the source and read Exodus 21 again. There is no ambiguity about Biblegod endorsing slavery, and providing explicit instructions on how different slaves are to be treated. Hebrew slaves have special rules, while women get the short end of the stick, as is typical with the Bible. God's instructions in this matter are very difficult to misunderstand or misquote.
There's been quite a few talks on slavery (I don't think I need to go into) in which theists have highlighted the differences and varied degrees in context on other threads. But the above, you should perhaps ask that to the Jews. I'm talking of those Christians who may be misquoting Christ i.e. going against His teachings! (Christians (should) follow the example of Jesus BTW).
I am not misquoting anybody. Have you read Exodus 21? Do you agree with God's instructions on how slaves should be treated? Some Christians try to gloss over these passages by making up shit, but the message is very clear, and hard to misread. God is clearly telling us that it is ok to own other people as slaves, that it is ok to beat them as long you don't kill them, that it is ok for for a slave-owner to use his female slaves for sexual gratification and pass them on to his sons when he tires of her. These are the fruits that God bears - how should this god be judged, following your own advice?