It was not condemned or called sinful anywhere in the Bible but Popes and priests felt that it was their moral duty to fight slavery. Slavery had been gotten rid of by the Fifteenth century in Europe but arrival of some black slaves from Africa threatened to revive it. The parts having contact with Muslims had the devil of slavery. European people were aware about the threat. They took effective measures and they regarded the incoming slaves as free people. They believed that a person arriving in free land becomes free automatically. Pope III played a major role in declaring slavery as a sin. Spanish and Portuguese successful invasions of the New World2 were followed with the efforts to enslave Indians. Pope III said that slavery was brought about by Satan and no person should be deprived of his liberty. But in those times, Popes did not have much influence and there was no pacing down in the enslavement of African Blacks.The discovery of New World urged Europeans to spread their interests and they required a huge labor force. They tried to enslave the Native Americans but failed to do so. They found out that cheap labor was available in Africa in abundance. The Africans were ready to supply slaves as they earned good margins in the process. Therefore, within a short period of time, a huge number of African slaves were working in the New World. The master-slave relation was better in the French Colonies because the French promulgated a law called Code Noir providing the slaves with the fundamental rights of human beings. However, it is argued by some historians that there is no evidence that this law was. Gods Justice: The Sin of Slavery.
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