Bible Crucial in Understanding of "Race" |

TBC Staff

The Bible’s history is crucial to a true understanding of “race.” God’s Word reveals that all humans are descended from Adam and Eve. At the tower of Babel, God separated the rebellious people by both geography and language. The population broke up into sub-groups, and as people married within their own group, certain genetic features (like skin shade and eye shape) became more prominent. Some people groups ended up with light skin and others with dark skin. All people today are actually shades of brown, depending on the amount of melanin, the main pigment, in our skin (and some other minor factors). There are no truly black or white people.

The Bible also explains why people mistreat each other. Because all people are descendants of Adam and Eve, we all inherited the same problem: we’re sinners, like our first parents. As rebels against God, we deserve death. But the good news for all people, regardless of their ethnicity, is that Jesus Christ was sent by God (John:3:16) and stepped into history to die on the cross and be resurrected. He now offers the free gift of eternal life to those from every nation, tribe, and people who will put their faith in him (Revelation:7:9). 

—Ken Ham (born 20 October 1951, Australian Christian fundamentalist, young Earth creationist and apologist).