The myth of multiple races has brought incredible harm over the centuries and continues to leave its mark today in the form of racism. Just look at Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, fruits of Darwinism, who still cling to the idea that the “Arian race” is superior.
But God’s Word debunks the myth of race when it shows how God created all mankind around 6,000 years ago from a single couple—Adam and Eve.
Perhaps you’ve heard people refer to different races, and maybe you’ve even done so yourself. It’s a common way to talk about the cultural and physiological differences between us—although a more accurate term would be “ethnicities” instead of races. You see, the definition of “race” has changed. A few hundred years ago when someone said "race," they meant a specific people group or a culture. For example, there was the Scottish race, Irish race, German race, Egyptian race, Japanese race, and so on.
But all that changed immediately before and during the time of Darwin. They began classifying people groups in a higher and lower scale with just few “evolutionary races.” Although quite a few “evolutionary races” were proposed, they settled on about 4 “races”—Australoid, Negroid, Mongoloid, and Caucasoid. In fact, this proposed listing is in the ascending order of being more evolved by early evolutionists.
Sadly, this terminology is still used today as many Americans of European descent still fill out government forms and are required to list their race as “Caucasian.” Today, most experts will readily admit that “race” is actually closer to the original definition being similar to a social construct built on culture codes.
Scientists are now beginning to realize what the Bible has been saying all along: There’s only one race—the human race. God created Adam and Eve, and from them, we have the billions of people alive today. In this way, the Bible provides a clear response to racism, namely that there is absolutely no room for it.
So where did this myth of race come from? To see the answer to that, we need to look at history.
The Myth of Race: Where Did It Come From?
People might hear that humans evolved from apes over millions of years and think it explains the diverse skin tones and physical features we see today. But this idea also allows the possibility that some groups or “races” have evolved more or less than others in terms of physical capabilities, intellect, and perhaps even morality.
Can you see how problematic that is?
If not, let me explain. For a long time, biology was used as a justification for racism, a concept known as scientific racism. This concept goes at least as far back as the Age of Enlightenment (1685-1815).
Some believed that all human beings came from one race (monogenism) while others argued that people came from multiple races (polygenism). Racist beliefs about black and indigenous peoples thrived on both sides—and, sadly, both inside and outside of the church.
When Darwin came along with his model of evolution in the mid-1800s, according to Dr. Jerry Bergman, anthropologists started arguing that black people were less evolved than white people. This scientific racism provided massive support for polygenism—and more justification for racist beliefs and racial forms of slavery.
The Danger of the Myth of Race
Examples abound of how Darwinian evolution has fueled racism. But just one example is Hitler, who made it his life’s goal not only to conquer as much of the world as possible, but also to promote the “Aryan race,” which he believed to be superior to other “Caucasian” peoples.
Hitler was obsessed with eugenics and his mission to rid the earth of so-called inferior races. He even had his officials use calipers to measure people’s noses and other facial features to determine their racial ancestry.
Since then, eugenics has been debunked as a scientific practice, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t left its mark on our history. Eugenics played a role in the creation of Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider that is sadly still sacrificing children on a daily basis. Its founder, Margaret Sanger, who spoke at a KKK event, was hailed as a women’s "rights" activist for years. But in July 2020, even Planned Parenthood disavowed Sanger because of her eugenics obsession.
Jump ahead to today, and we still see the effects of scientific racism, such as with neo-Nazis and white supremacists. It was a hatred for black people that caused white supremacist Dylann Roof to infiltrate a black church’s Bible study and murder 9 people in cold blood.
Bear in mind that any group that claims supremacy by “race” is racist in its outlook. What we really need is for people to recognize that there is only one race and that we are all related and, with that, should be looking out for one another.
God Created One Race
When we look at the Bible, we see that God has been giving us the answer all along. He didn’t create multiple races or set evolution in place to do so. If we simply read the Word and believe it, we see that He created all mankind from two people—Adam and Eve.
And if we read further, we see that He wiped out the world in a Flood due to their sin, saving only Noah and his family. This means all human beings are descended from Noah and his wife. And although the fact that we are all one race doesn’t wipe away injustices in the past and present, it is a compelling reason to lay aside any prejudice and racism that lingers in our hearts.
There is absolutely no justification for racism, scientific or otherwise. Answers in Genesis has long said that the church should be on the forefront of combatting racism.
Sadly, many Christians have caved to popular racist beliefs over the centuries, but right now we have an opportunity to lay aside unbiblical, evolution-based justifications for racism and promote the truth that we are all equally valuable to God. All people are made in the image of God and have intrinsic value—no matter what you look like, how old you are, or how young you are (even in the womb).
God’s Word doesn’t change, but scientific ideas will. That’s why it’s crucial we shape our beliefs about the world, and about each other, based on the Bible—not evolution.
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