Mankind is not always good to its own. In fact, the historical record is a grievous attestation to its atrocities. Hitler’s Germany is but one example. A “superior race” wants to cleanse itself of a “degenerate race.” Others think in terms of white and black races, etc.
But, did you know that when it comes to race, all roads lead to Adam? Yes, it is true–we are all one family. We came from one man and one woman, and are all of one blood. This truth is not only biblically founded, but also scientifically proven. Scientists today admit that humans are biologically only one race.
God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” Acts 17:26. While there are many nations, ethnicities, and cultures, we are all of but one single race–homo sapiens.
This being the case, the term racism is a misnomer. One race better than another? A superior group of people? There is no genetic basis for it, yet people have long been conditioned to make divisions according to skin colour, ethnicity, or culture. These divisions have bred deeply-rooted hatred and prejudices. Consequently, untold millions have suffered grievously at the hands of their fellow human beings.
And, let it be known that, despite common usage, skin colour is not race. There is no black race, white race, yellow or red race. There may be countless shades of skin color, but that is simply because we have varying measures of melanin pigment in the epidermal layer of our skin. This outward difference by no means expresses an inward difference. Genetically speaking, we are all the same. Under the skin, we are the same. So is it not amazing that skin colour–which is about the thickness of a piece of paper–has been, and continues to be today, the cause of bitter prejudices, division, and violence?
The arrogating of one people over another was helped along by evolutionary philosophy. Loosing themselves from the mooring of sound truth and sound science, evolutionists denied there ever was a real Adam and Eve–the first man and woman. In the evolutionary lie, this father and mother of humankind never existed, as evolutionists imagine life began with slime from which, over long ages, higher life forms evolved. Eventually, apes showed up and from these man finally came on the scene. It is no surprise that pseudo-scientists have come along and declared that there are superior and inferior races of humans, some being more developed than others. Evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould claimed:
Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.[i]
The German biologist and evolutionist, Ernst Haeckel (1864- 1919), stated:
At the lowest stage of human mental development are the Australians, some tribes of the Polynesians, and the Bushmen, Hottentots, and some of the Negro tribes. Nothing, however, is perhaps more remarkable in this respect, than that some of the wildest tribes in southern Asia and eastern Africa have no trace whatever of the first foundations of all human civilization, of family life, and marriage. They live together in herds, like apes.[iv]
You might say that Haeckel gave scientific validity to racial prejudices, with his now-discredited ideas. It is believed this ultimately led to the unspeakable genocide at the hands of Adolf Hitler and his wicked devotees.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 2018 reports:
Hitler spread his beliefs in racial “purity” and in the superiority of the “Germanic race”–what he called an Aryan “master race.” He pronounced that his race must remain pure in order to one day take over the world. For Hitler, the ideal “Aryan” was blond, blue-eyed, and tall.
When Hitler and the Nazis came to power, these beliefs became the government ideology and were spread in publicly displayed posters, on the radio, in movies, in classrooms, and in newspapers. The Nazis began to put their ideology into practice with the support of German scientists who believed that the human race could be improved by limiting the reproduction of people considered “inferior.” Beginning in 1933, German physicians were allowed to perform forced sterilizations, operations making it impossible for the victims to have children. Among the targets of this public program were Roma (Gypsies), an ethnic minority numbering about 30,000 in Germany, and handicapped individuals, including the mentally ill and people born deaf and blind.
Race is a social construct derived mainly from perceptions conditioned by events of recorded history, and it has no basic biological reality.C. Loring Brace, Biological anthropologist
Scientists know that, biologically, there is only one race of humans.
ABC News reported,
“More and more scientists find that the differences that set us apart are cultural, not racial. Some even say that the word race should be abandoned because it’s meaningless.” The article further said that “we accept the idea of race because it’s a convenient way of putting people into broad categories, frequently to suppress them– the most hideous example was provided by Hitler’s Germany.”[v]
O vain man, what makes you think yourself superior to another? O that people would allow the deeply-grooved ruts of prejudice to be filled with the healing love of God! May the espousing of discriminatory hatred and bigotry cease!
We all have red blood. We all share the same human needs and face the same challenges and troubles. We are all passing through a brief life on our way to eternity.
What human being, of whatever colour skin, does not experience fear, worry, sorrow? We are all men of like passions. And what human being does not long to be loved and cared for?
We all need a helping hand. Let us “be engaged in mutual affection and assistance, as fellow-creatures and brethren.” Treat your fellow man as you would have him treat you, and it will be easier for all of us to make it through this life.
Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice that all nations–all people–might come unto Him and be saved from sin. He paid the price for our salvation, and out of all nations, He has built His one glorious church–for we are brethren!
But even here the devil has worked to divide mankind, separating Christian from Christian with his black church, white church, Asian church, German church, and so on. Shame on any professing Christian who would support such carnal division!
And interracial marriage? What is that? There is but a single race of humans.
Being of one race, we are all equal and worthy of mutual respect. Look around and behold your brothers and your sisters! All are precious in the sight of God, and all are souls for whom He died.
[i] S. J. Gould, Ontogeny and Phylogeny, Belknap Harvard Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1977, 127–128
[ii] Missing links with mankind in early dawn of history, New York Tribune, p. 11, February 10, 1924.
[iii] D. Monaghan, The body-snatchers, The Bulletin, November 12, 1991, pp. 30–38; Blacks slain for science’s white superiority theory, The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 26, 1994.
[iv] Ernst Haeckel, The History of Creation, 1876, 363–363
[v] We’re All the Same, ABC News, September 10, 1998.
Various sources have been consulted, including answersingenesis.org.