What the Bible Says about Race

It is widely assumed that all the different races and racial sub-types are not really individual races at all, but are all included in one race – the human race.

Race in Secular Thought

For example, modern-day anthropology, promoted by the Boaz school of thought, teaches there is no such thing as race, as once believed by traditional anthropology. Race is merely a social construct created by society. Nearly all (if not all) colleges and universities follow and teach the Boaz conviction. The conclusion is that all races are pretty much the same except for different physical features. This belief forms the basis for racial equality.

Race in Religious Thought

Although we may consider the modern anthropology view of race as secular, the “Christian” religious world (both Catholic and Protestant) have come to the same conclusion as the Boaz school of thought but by a different set of assumptions. Those who believe the Bible is the written word of God also believe that the following two assumptions are fact:

  1. All races and racial sub-types originated from Adam and Eve, and
  2. All races and racial sub-types were therefore created in the image and likeness of God.

So, the modern Christian world believes that all races are equal because it is assumed that they had the same created origin. They agree with the modern secular world and arrive at similar conclusions based on a different set of assumptions.

The religious and secular systems agree there are no individual races of different origins, but all comprise only “one human race” or humanity. Even non-Christian Hinduism is in agreement with the “all are equal” doctrine. Could it be that eastern religious doctrine has infiltrated both religious and secular with regard to equality?

Race Origin Assumptions Challenged

But I ask the question, “What does the Bible say about race?” The Catholic and Protestant religions have made certain assumptions (described above) that are considered as fact. However, the Bible never said that God created all races from one male and female pair (Adam and Eve). There is nothing in the creation account recorded in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 that directly or indirectly says this. It’s an unproven assumption.

Nor does the Bible say that all the races and racial sub-types came into being from Noah’s three sons and their families (Genesis 10-11). There are elaborate scenarios of how they say the races came about such as through the process of different environmental factors affecting genetic outcomes or an unrecorded miracle. But the Bible doesn’t even hint at this.  Nothing.

So, why does the religious world keep promoting something that the Bible never says? Because they must find a way to make the Bible fit into their universal, “we are all one human race” conclusion in order to justify “world missions.” Because they need to justify their application of “the gospel” to all races in order to be fair.

What the Bible Says

What the Bible does say is this:

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:26-27

God created one male and female pair, Adam and Eve (Genesis 2). And from that pair children were born and their successive generations of offspring reproduced (Genesis 5). That’s what the Bible says and nothing more.

The direct physical offspring from Adam and Eve were eventually Noah and his three sons. From their families, their descendants were “scattered” after the flood (Genesis 11). The biblical text says nothing about these families becoming other races. It’s an assumption based simply on the presumption that the Bible is a universal book and that all races are equal.

Why don’t we just take what the Bible says at face value instead of imagining what we want it to say, trying to force it to fit into our worldview of “all races came from Adam”?

Why not consider another possibility? Could it be that God created one race of people, distinct from the other races and racial sub-types, for a specific purpose and plan? Could the Bible be about that one race and not the many races? Would that be a more logical conclusion based on the biblical evidence? And would this proposal be consistent with the facts of genetic science – like produces like?

It’s really very simple. Pure breeding Caucasians produce Caucasians. Pure breeding Blacks produce Blacks. And so on. A cell only reproduces itself exactly, time after time, every time. Like begets like. That’s it.

The Bible is about one race among many in existence today. However distasteful that truth may be to some, it’s still what the Bible says about race.

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