The End of Racism

Question: How many “races” are there in the world?

What is the Answer?: One? Four? Six? More than six?

And where the rubber meets the road…

“What if a Chinese person were to marry a Polynesian, or an African with black skin were to marry a Japanese, or a person from India were to marry a person from America with white skin—would these marriages be in accord with biblical principles? A significant number of Christians would claim that such “interracial” marriages directly violate God’s principles in the Bible and should not be allowed. Does the Word of God really condemn the marriages mentioned above? Is there ultimately any such thing as interracial marriage?

In an article in the Journal of Counseling and Development, 12 researchers argued that the term “race” is basically so meaningless that it should be discarded. More recently, those working on mapping the human genome announced “that they had put together a draft of the entire sequence of the human genome, and the researchers had unanimously declared, there is only one race—the human race.”

Personally, because of the influences of Darwinian evolution and the resulting prejudices, I believe everyone (and especially Christians) should abandon the term “race(s).” We could refer instead to the different “people groups” around the world…

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 Christ) died and rose again. This is why the gospel can (and should) be preached to all tribes and nations…

If one wants to use the term “interracial,” then the real interracial marriage that God says we should not enter into is when a child of the Last Adam (one who is a new creation in Christ—a Christian) marries one who is an unconverted child of the First Adam (one who is dead in trespasses and sin—a non-Christian).”

Properly understood (as Ken Ham explains in the video below), the Biblical account of our origins found in the book of Genesis provides the basis for the end of all racism. I encourage everyone to read this article here and to watch the following video. Both contain great insight.

Christianity – The Greatest Force of Good in the World!

Have you ever heard people say that Christianity is evil? I have. People who say that have to have a very poor sense of history and all the amazing advances the world now enjoys because of the spread of Christianity.

It is safe to say that the vast majority of the great scientists in history were Bible believing Christians. They believed that to study nature and science was merely to “think God’s thoughts after Him.” Whether they looked through the microscope or the telescope; whether the field was human biology, astronomy, physics, oceanography or zoology, these men believed they were merely discovering more about the world and universe God had made.

The first hospitals were built by Christians because they believed that each individual mattered (each person is made in the image of God) and because Jesus taught us to love our neighbor and He defined our neighbor as the one we find in need (remember the story of the Good Samaritan?). There’s actually a hospital here in Phoenix called “Good Samaritan Hospital.”

The first schools were built by Christians because they believed God had given us His word in the Bible and every child should have an education in order to read it and understand it. In society today the question is asked, “should the Bible be taught in schools?” Yet when school education was first introduced, the Bible was the only reason for the school’s existence. On and on we could go…

Just this evening I was reading a transcript of a sermon by Pastor Mark Driscoll (from a series called “Christ on the Cross”). I thought one section in particular contained some very good insight and thought I would post a small portion of it here.

“Now, some of you have been told that Christianity is the worst thing that ever happened on the earth. The Christians have ruined everything. I’m gonna take odds with that. And I will say Christians have done some terrible things in the history of the world. We don’t want to neglect those. We don’t want to dismiss those. We don’t want to excuse those wars and killings and things of that nature. You know, if it’s contrary to Jesus in the Bible, those people may not even be Christians, or at best, they’re hypocrites.

But Christianity has been the greatest force of good in the history of the world – give you some examples.

First is in the view of human dignity and value. See, Christians believe, based upon the teachings of the Bible, that we were made in the image of likeness of God, male and female. That’s why we’re equal. Nobody’s trying to argue for equality. If they read the Bible, they’d know that men and women are equal.

And also we believe as Christians that we are superior to other animals, and we’re not just highly-evolved, educable animals. That people have dignity, value, and worth, and that human life is sacred. That’s why when people are killed by murderers, and there is unjust war that takes innocent life, and people are starving to death, and people don’t get medical coverage because they’re poor and they die, we say, “That’s wrong. Human beings have dignity, value, and worth.” Well, we only believe that because of the spread of Christian thought. Go to a place where Christian thought hasn’t spread, and the dignity for human life isn’t the same. The respect is not the same.

See, after church tonight you will go home and you will eat chicken, not human, because of the spread of Christianity. You think I’m kidding, go to a country that hasn’t had the spread of Christianity. They’re having human for dinner. The Bible says, “Love your neighbor,” not, “Barbeque your neighbor,” right? But if you believe that all we are is evolutionary time and chance, and that all we are is just highly-evolved animals, then eating a chicken and eating a neighbor is essentially the same thing. It’s just two hunks of meat that have evolved into different forms. And we say, “That’s crazy!” Well, it’s only crazy here because we have been greatly influenced by Christian thinking. The respect for human life is different. Doesn’t mean we’re a Christian nation. It doesn’t mean that, you know, everybody is a Christian. But it does mean that Christian thought has seeped into our minds.
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“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16

20 years after the release of the book “Abortion – A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue” Dr. R. C. Sproul is interviewed by his son, Dr. R. C. Sproul, Jr. This 23 minute discussion is both enlightening and impacting and I recommend it highly.

R.C. Sproul Discusses the Issue of Abortion from Ligonier on Vimeo.