Ever wonder the origin of nations?
One language, children of Noah. Tower of Babel, in biblical literature, structure built in the land of Shinar (Babylonia) some time after the Deluge. The story of its construction, given in Genesis 11:1–9, appears to be an attempt to explain the existence of diverse human languages.
The concept of “race” is biological, not Biblical. There is no mention of different races, as such, in the Bible, nor even of the very concept of a “race.” Evidently, there is no Biblical or theological meaning to the term, and we must conclude, therefore, that races are purely arbitrary entities invented by man for his own convenience in biological and anthropological studies.
Biologically a race is generally thought of as a variety, or sub-species, within a given species. In terms of evolutionary philosophy, it may represent a stage in the evolution of a new species. Thus different sub-species within a species may vary in their respective degrees of evolutionary advance over the ancestral species, depending upon the relative efficiencies with which the postulated evolutionary mechanisms of mutation, segregation, natural selection, etc., have been functioning in each case.
This leads to the observation that racism, in the sense of struggle between races and the conviction that one race is superior to others, must be based on evolutionism, not on theism. Evolutionary scientists may not all be “racist” in their personal or political philosophies. Nevertheless, the various philosophies that have promoted racism have, quite understandably, used the supposed universal evolutionary process as their intellectual framework for such a position. Nazism and Marxism are two notable examples.
The testimony of the Bible, however, is that all men who have ever lived in the world are descendants of Adam and, therefore, are of essentially the same race—the human race. “God hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26). Furthermore, all men in the present world are also descendants of Noah, after the great Flood. Before the Flood, God had said: “The end of all flesh is come before me; . . . behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Genesis 6:13). Then, later the Bible says: “All flesh died that moved upon the earth . . . and every man” (Genesis 7:21). After the Flood, “God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1). Finally the Bible says: “And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the Ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: . . . and of them was the whole earth overspread” (Genesis 9:18, 19).
We read from Genesis 10, the origin of races. It was Abraham’s steadfast faith, his unquestioning obedience, and his constant seeking of God that is believed to be the reason why God chose Abraham to be the first patriarch of the Hebrews, and ultimately the rest of the nations.
Jesus Talks About Himself and Abraham:
The Jews there answered, “We say you are a Samaritan. We say a demon is making you crazy! Are we not right when we say this?”
Jesus answered, “I have no demon in me. I give honor to My Father, but you give no honor to Me. I am not trying to get honor for myself. There is one who wants this honor for Me. He is the judge. I promise you, whoever continues to obey my teaching will never die.”
The Jews said to Jesus, “Now we know that you have a demon in you! Even Abraham and the prophets died. But you say, ‘Whoever obeys my teaching will never die.’ Do you think you are greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
Jesus answered, “If I give honor to myself, that honor is worth nothing. The one who gives Me honor is My Father. And you say that He is your God. But you don’t really know Him. I know Him. If I said I did not know Him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know Him, and I obey what He says. Your father Abraham was very happy that he would see the day when I came. He saw that day and was happy.”
The Jews said to Jesus, “What? How can You say You have seen Abraham? You are not even 50 years old!”
Jesus answered, “The fact is, before Abraham was born, I Am.” When He said this, they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus hid, and then He left the Temple area.
The Word is One, Amen.