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Featured Article #3

20 Oct

Issue #3- Nov. 2015

Racism

In my work I use a little book called Where To Find It In The Bible by Ken Anderson and for the most part it is a handy little tool to use as it speeds up the process of finding specific verses for each topic. But when it came to this topic, not one of the verses listed actually dealt with racism.

 
One label said ‘racial marriage forbidden’ but when one got to Genesis 28 all it talked about was Isaac giving instructions to Jacob on where he needs to go to find a wife. Another label reads ‘request to marry heathen’ but the passage in 1 Kings is only talking about Solomon’s half-brother making a request to marry a certain woman and we do not even know if she was a heathen or not. She was just of a different nationality.

 
These little errors and a host of articles reporting how Pastors talk about race tells me that the church really doesn’t know much about the Bible and how it speaks about race or how race applies. They tend to use modern secular ideas like ‘anti-semitic’ when such ideas were not present in the ancient or biblical world.

 
The Bible does not really talk about race as the idea of different races was a human invention due to the difference of color of skin and the difference in the features of many humans. Darwin opined that there were about 4-5 different human races yet he made this observation without any scientific aid or historical foundation.
Though science now demonstrates that there is no such thing as race

 
“Race is a social concept, not a scientific one,” said Dr. J. Craig Venter, head of the Celera Genomics Corp. in Rockville, Md.” {http://www.augsburg.edu/education/edc210/race-myth.html}

 
“It’s an old-fashioned, even Victorian, sentiment. Who speaks of “racial stocks” anymore? After all, to do so would be to speak of something that many scientists and scholars say does not exist.” {http://raceandgenomics.ssrc.org/Leroi/}

 
and

 
“The billions of pieces of human genetic code sequenced thus far are most notable for what they do not appear to contain—a genetic test to tell one race of people from another. All scientific finds point to the conclusion that race doesn’t exist” {http://www.africanbynature.com/newsletters/raceissocial.html}

 
this fact doesn’t stop evolutionists from saying that Darwin was correct or keep scientists from claiming that there were different human species in previous eras:

 
Earlier this month, scientists working in South Africa made an exciting announcement: They had discovered a new species of human ancestor. The species, which they named Homo naledi, may be among the first of the genus Homo, what the project’s lead scientist, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, described as a “bridge” between more primitive species and humans. National Geographic called it “one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century.” (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/do-neanderthals-have-souls/406246/?utm_source=yahoo&ref=yfp )

 
In spite of the secular world’s best efforts to ignore the truth and the facts about race, the church cannot. It must speak the truth and declare to the world that there is only one race of humans, and that there has only been one race of humans in all of time.

 
When the Bible speaks about race it only talks about there being one race of people and that the human race descended only from Adam and Eve. We read in Genesis the following declaration:

 
20And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living (Gen.3 NKJV)

 
and

 
45And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” (1 Cor. 15 NKJV)

 
Even though the word ‘adam’ can mean

 
Man, mankind, Adam the first man, or humanity at large. (Hayford, J. W. (Ed.). (1997). Spirit filled life study Bible (electronic ed., Ge 1:24). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.)

 
That does not mean God made more than one man or woman in the beginning. Meaning of words do not indicate course of action.

 
What the church needs to do is tell the truth about the differences between humans. There is no such thing as different race but simple genetic information combined with other genetic information produced the differences we see in other humans.

 
The church should be telling the world that everyone is of the one race and not 4 or 5 or more different ones. The church needs to tell the truth and stop following the secular world and its attempts to deceive everyone.

 
Then the church needs to explain that the hatred for these differences, and subsequent criminal deeds, comes from the sin nature each human possesses and that to be relieved of this problem one must seek salvation from Jesus Christ.

 
If people want harmony amongst the different nationalities that exist today, then the church needs to tell the complete story leaving out secular explanations which come from deceived minds and evil’s influence.

 
Race does not exist for the church as Paul wrote in Galatians:

 
28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (ch. 3 NKJV)

 
Race is a tool by evil to divide humans and keep them at odds with each other so that evil can hurt God through the sinful destruction humans do to those who are different than themselves. Race is not a biblical teaching and it should not be part of the church’s ideology or practices.

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