SUNDAY STUDY: One Human Race

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The Bible and “Race”

The Bible does not even use the word race in reference to people, but it does describe all human beings as being of “one blood” (Acts 17:26). This of course emphasizes that we are all related, as all humans are descendants of the first man, Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), who was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27). The Last Adam, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:45) also became a descendant of Adam. Any descendant of Adam can be saved because our mutual relative by blood (Jesus) died and rose again. This is why the gospel can (and should) be preached to all tribes and nations. Source, Answers in Genesis here

We read in Genesis 11 of the rebellion at the Tower of Babel. God judged this rebellion by giving each family group a different language. This made it impossible for the groups to understand each other, and so they split apart, each extended family going its own way, and finding a different place to live. The result was that the people were scattered over the earth. Different cultures formed, with certain features becoming predominant within each group.

Racism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Yet, there is only one race – the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race.

The classifications of different races were often used to justify the domination of one people group over another. Hitler and the Nazis believed that human beings could be classified collectively as “races”, with each race bearing distinctive characteristics that had been passed on genetically, and to which they assigned stereotypes. The Nazis defined Jews as a “race.” In their ideology, not all races were equal. They believed Germans were of a biologically superior group.

We know, however, that all human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). And we also know that God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” includes all ethnic groups.

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