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The Biblical View Of Race


racismNoIn Friday’s post I started a discussion on racism. Today I want to look at this subject from a biblical perspective. The Scriptures speak of mankind as one race.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

It is mankind that makes these racial divisions.

Webster Dictionary defines race this way:

· Any of the major biological divisions of mankind, distinguished by color and texture of hair, color of skin and eyes, stature, bodily proportions, etc:

· many ethnologists now consider that there are only three primary divisions, the Caucasian (loosely ‘white race’ ), Negroid (loosely ‘black race’ ) and Mongoloid (loosely, ‘yellow race’ ), with various subdivisions:

· the term has acquired so many unscientific connotations that in this sense it is often replaced in scientific usage by ‘ethnic stock or ‘group .

It is better said that the species of man has various varieties Instead of races. The Bible says that we are all of one blood.

Acts 17:25-26…..seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

We are descendents of Adam and Eve.

Ge 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

In Genesis Chapter 6 man’s sin caused God to judge the world and only those who were in the ark survived. This brings brings all of the descendants of Adam and Eve down to a total of 8 people.

Some erroneously teach that race comes from the curse on Cain and Ham. Cain was the first child of Adam and Eve. We all know that Cain slew Able. Cain was a worker of the land, a farmer. God cast Cain out to be a vagabond for his crime. The Bible says that God set a mark on Cain so no one would kill him.

Gen 4:15 Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

Some have suggested that this mark was that God made him a black man and, therefore, the black man is cursed. The Scriptures don’t back this up.

When we get to the days of Noah we find that Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem, and Ham. Some teach that Japheth is the father of the Caucasian race, Shem is the father of the Mongoloid race, and Ham is the father of the Negroid race.

The fact that there are three major divisions in mankind doesn’t mean that we can attach the various “races” to the three sons of Noah. There is no evidence that this is true. This only exists in the imaginations of men.

It is true that Ham was cursed but this doesn’t mean that God made his skin black. The reason some teach that Ham was black is that his name means hot or burnt. We need to remember that he had this name before he was cursed. It more likely refers to the fact that he was hot tempered than to the color of his skin.

Let me say a little about the descendants of Shem, the supposed Mongoloid race. This name is where we get the term antisemitism. Abraham is a descendant of Shem, and Abraham’s son is Isaac, the father of the Jewish people. Those who are anti-Jew are said to be antisemitic, meaning they are against the descendants of Shem.

Which people group on the earth today is the most anti-Jew? It would be the Arabs and the Muslims because Islam was born in the Arab tradition. The Arabs are the descendants of Ishmael and Ishmael is the son of Abraham who is the son of Shem. It is interesting that the name “antisemitic” is only attached to the Jews because the Arabs are also children of Shem, and are therefore Semites themselves.

In Genesis Chapter 11 we have the scattering of the nations at the Tower of Babel. This was God’s judgment for the rebellion of the people. They thought they could build their way up to God. God had commanded them to spread out over the earth. Instead they stayed at Babel so God confounded their languages which resulted in their scattering.

Because of this scattering we now have isolated people groups with different languages and cultures. It is after this isolation that we have the development of different skin colors. Jeremiah tells us:

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. Jeremiah 13:23

This passage doesn’t say that the Ethiopian had black skin, but it does tell us that there was something different about his skin. We can safely assume that their skin was black because Ethiopians have black skin today.

It is interesting to note that Muhammad called the African’s “Raisin heads” and described evil men as black men. The evil men in hell were always called black men while a holy man, a righteous man, was called white according to Islam. I find it ironic that the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan’s group, has embraced Islam since its founder, Muhammad, was anti-black.

The Bible never divides men by race, but by family, nationality, or language.

Genesis 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

The Bible never divides by physical characteristics.

Here is something that comes from Answers In Genesis on the origin of the races:

How do we get all the various skin color? —- Pigment called Melanin

Note: Ps 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Based on the Genetic order: It is possible for ONE couple to produce a wide variation of skin tones in one generation.

DNA is the molecule of inheritance — passed from one generation to the next.

· We get 23 Chromosomes from each parent.

· Each Chromosome paired creates hundreds of genes.

Two Genes control the amount of Melanin – (Like a Color Chart)

· ‘AB’ represents Large amounts of Melanin (Darker)

· while

· ‘ab’ represents small amounts of Melanin (Lighter)

Example:

· Dad gives AB Mom gives AB = Child gets AABB results in very dark skin (High in Melanin)

· Dad gives ab Mom give AB = Child gets AaBb results in mid range skin color. (Popular)

· Dad gives ab Mom gives ab = Child gets aabb results in light or white skin (low in Melanin)

The Scattered people groups —- Results Isolated gene pooles —– thus a consistent skin tone.

The point is that the “Race card” is a Red Herring. We have a Sin problem — The riots in Ferguson is not unique to the Black race —- I can take you to England and show the same destructive acts performed by the White football Hooligans of Britain.

We do have an “African–American” culture in the United States. They have an Identity based on language, dress, food, and morality. It is a choice. Those who choose to break out of it are called “Uncle Tom’s” and told they are betraying their “roots.”

We had this Prejudice from the Whites about the Blacks and the civil rights movement was successful to stomp that out in the 60’s. Now it seems to me that perhaps we have this prejudice from the blacks about the whites.

As I said on Friday, I desire to live in the America that Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed about.

I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Muslims have seen this race issue in America and they are using it to their advantage. They are trying to set themselves up as civil rights advocates. CAIR is one of the most dangerous organizations in America and have set themselves up as a civil rights organization for Muslims. Islam is not a Race! Only 15% of the Muslims of the world are Arabs.

CAIR’s co-founder, Omar Ahmad, said on July 4, 1998

If you choose to live here (in America) . . . you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam,

Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,

The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth,

We need to realize what is going on. We need to take action to stop it.

 

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