Race in the Name of Religion

Anthropologists catalog people into 3 fundamental races that subdivide into over 5,000 distinct ethnic groups. Racial and even ethnic tension is boiling around the world and spilling over into hatred and violence.

One of the easiest ways to distinguish people according to heredity is by skin color and facial characteristics. Tall people with very dark skin, course black hair, round brown eyes, and wide noses fit nicely in the category of Negroid and have ancestral roots in the African continent. Shorter people with olive yellow skin, straight brown hair, less visible green eyes in a round face with a pug nose are Mongoloid flowing from Asian ancestry. Pale ruddy skinned people with red or blonde hair, blue eyes, and thin high-bridged noses are European Caucasoid.

There are no known pure Negroid, Mongoloid, or Caucasoid civilizations anymore and all races still share over 99.99 per cent of the same genetic material. Race, then, is largely subjective and outdated. It is of less consequence than ethnicity or nationality, which are subjected to constant change and disruption.

According to the Bible, we are all of a single race. That is the Human Race. We are all descended from Adam, and later pared down to the ancestry of Noah. The tenth Chapter of Genesis states that Noah had three sons who spread out in three directions. Ham went south and occupied the African continent. Japheth went north into Europe. And Shem stayed in what we know as the Middle East and migrated into Asia. Wow. What a coincidence.

The Bible doesn't stress race or ethnic differences, but it decries nations and cultures that stray from worshiping God and seek to dominate each other. If you're going to be a pure-race religious vigilante, you need to stop looking on the outward appearances of your supposed adversaries and try to see into their hearts. If you are a "son of God" it might be that someone who looks much different is a closer relative than the guy in your village who looks just like you. Ouch!

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