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The High King Lives

Inspirational Wednesday: The Human Race & One Blood July 17, 2013

Are there really races? Or do we merely have cultural differences?  The Bible challenges what most of us have been taught and so does science.

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24 God that made the world and all things therein…..26 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…”

Acts 17:24a & 26a KJV

Adam was the first man and we have no clue what color he was. It doesn’t matter. Later the flood killed all humans except Noah and his family. All nations ultimately come from Adam. But if you want to see where things split you can go two places for sure.

  • Noah’s three sons had families. Every person in this world came from one of those three sons. Read Genesis 9:19.  Here’s a great timeline that shows where different people groups originated: http://amazingbibletimeline.com/
  • The Tower of Babel changed everyone’s language. Man believed they could be greater than God so God divided the one human language into many. Man also disobeyed God’s command to spread out over the world. The change in languages formed different cultures. People who understood each other naturally grouped together. Humans finally spread out over the earth.  People groups bred together in their own group creating similarities in appearance. Also where they lived affected their looks.

Where does the science come in? Here’s a great quote and please read the rest of the article in the link. It’s good stuff. (Bold and Italics mine)

“Every human being in the world is classified as Homo sapiens. Scientists today agree that there is really only one biological race of humans. Geneticists have found that if we were to take any two people from anywhere in the world, the basic genetic differences between these two people would typically be around 0.2 percent,1 even if they came from the same people group.2 “Racial” characteristics account for only about 6 percent of this 0.2 percent variation. That means that the “racial” genetic variation between human beings of different “race” is a mere 0.012 percent.3

Overall, there is far more variation within a people group than there is between one people group and another. Anyone who continues to make racist distinctions does so based only on superficial, outward appearances rather than on sound scientific fact and clear biblical reasoning. If a Native American person is looking for a tissue match for an organ transplant, for instance, the best match may come from an Asian person, and vice versa.

The only reason many people think these differences are major is because they’ve been brought up in a culture that has taught them to see the differences this way.

~Answers in Genesis article “One Blood”

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/orob/one-blood

Here’s the above verse in context.

“24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, 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;

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

Acts 17:24-28

Here’s another good quote from the above article then I’ll leave the rest for you to read on your own:

“Here’s something you might find hard to accept: In the U.S. culture we are racially programmed, particularly in regard to the skin color issue. Because of our culture’s racist roots, because of the way the world thinks, because of the influence of Darwinian thinking, we have been programmed to look at the exterior rather than the interior of a person, and to make broad judgments based on what we see. Had you not been programmed that way in this culture, you wouldn’t see the differences as you do. Different cultures are programmed in different ways. Our biases and prejudice show themselves in different ways, but in every case it is the world and our sinfulness (rather than science and the Bible) that drives our personal racism.

~Answers in Genesis article “One Blood”

The media does a great job of playing the race card. Politicians and celebrities use it to turn people against each other. But I believe things would be different if we realized that we are all the SAME Race, the HUMAN RACE. Many things influence our cultural background; our parents, our area of the world, religion, education, and what media we are exposed to. But skin color does not automatically make us act a certain way. Take two people of different color and raise them in the same family. They won’t have cultural differences. When people are divided by their color then it breeds fear. Sadly that happened in America. We were divided and now fear each other. The evil in high places plays our divisions against us like a game of chess. While we fight our own brothers and sisters, scary things happen in the world. The media is very good at distracting us.

This isn’t a new thing though. Yes, in our modern society it is much easier to pit people groups against one another. But this has happened in the past and all over the world. It happens among the sexes as well. Different people groups in Europe fought bloody wars and believed the other group to be evil. The Jews were slaves in Egypt. Don’t forget the Crusades. Slavery has been around for a long time and sadly still goes on. Research the sex trade. Women and even men are still being kidnapped and sold into slavery. Cultures misunderstanding each other and hating each other has happening  since cultures began. It’s because man looks on the outside. Thankfully God looks at hearts.

Back in the time of Jesus, there was a divide between Jews and Gentiles. Also Samaritans and Jews. Remember the story of the good Samaritan?

Read it hear and see how a man overcame racism: http://www.bibleresources.org/bible/KJV/Luke-10  Verses 27-37

Christ broke the divide. People are brought together by Jesus.

“26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28There 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.

29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Galatians 3:26-29

Am I saying that we are all exactly the same in every way? Not at all. I’m not that silly. I’m just pointing out that we all belong to  one race and that through faith in Jesus we can all be God’s children. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of our cultural differences and how we look in our skin. Our differences make us beautiful.

I’m pasty white with a mix of several people groups in my blood (even more if I go back to Adam…wow). So my “porcelain” (as I like to call it) skin may blind some people but  it’s who I am and God says I’m beautiful. I’m not going to tan myself til I have cancer just so my skin is acceptable to others. I also feel sad that certain people with dark skin feel they have to bleach themselves to be beautiful. I know people decorate themselves in different ways and I’m not saying that’s bad. It’s sad though when people damage their God given skin because of changing cultural trends. Plus so many try to look like a photo-shopped image.

I hope today we can celebrate our differences and rejoice that we are in the same family. I leave you with my favorite song on a similar topic (the color of Jesus’ skin but it also applies to humans). God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

The Blood Song by Kirk Franklin ~Remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the video :).

 

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