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Support of Slavery from the Christian Church The belief in some higher presence, other than our own, has existed since man can recollect. Religion was established in this belief, and it can survive and prosper due to this belief. Christianity, one of several types of religion that exist now, started sometime during the middle of the first century. Christians believe in a higher presence that they call "God." The belief in God is based on faith, not reality; faith is "unquestioning belief that doesn't need proof or evidence." (Webster's New World College Dictionary, 1996, p. 487). The belief in God exists chiefly for 2 reasons: It answers the question of why we exist, and it is utilized to exert ethical control over society (faith). The grounds for believing in God hold no genuine validity. Assessing the question of man's existence is insignificant; it just can't be replied. Nobody knows when life first started on Earth, nor in what form that life happened. We just exist; as far as we know, we've existed, and we always will exist. (Wallace, 1994). The church maintains God is the reason we exist, and this also provides the church cause for exerting unnecessary ethical control throughout society. All societies must have a set of rules, or laws, by which they are governed, to avoid anarchy. We must have some kind of government, but our laws should come from the folks up, not out of God down. The government provides essential control over society; morals ought to be left for the person. The church has always failed to realize this. To suppress individuality would be to suppress freedom, and never in our country's short history was the power of the church and the suppression of freedom more evident than during the era of slavery. Had the chur...