Here’s another article I wrote some time back. I’ve polished it up a little and would love peoples opinion on it. So feel free to tell me what you think.
All Men are Created Equal
The word ‘race’ is said to be an incorrect term for what some would call the different ‘people groups’ of the world. Asian, African, American, is there really any difference between people other than that which is visible? According to God’s word, no, there is no difference. All men are descendants of Adam, the first man (1 Corinthians 15:45), and because of the great flood in the Genesis account, Noah. But for those who cannot, or will not, accept the gospels account as truth, science has its own proof. Beginning with the genetic material within cells and ending with the color of skin, scientists have proven that there really isn’t any difference, other than the external features, between what is known as the ‘races’ of this world. So, therefore, the widely discussed and debated argument of equality among men does have an answer, giving reason to reconsider those thoughts that have said otherwise.
For instance, the first recorded man in the Bible was Adam (Genesis 1:27). Adam was made byGod in the likeness ofGod. He was far from evolved pond scum or primordial soup. For and from him, God created the first woman, Eve, who became the mother of all the living (Genesis 3:20). What is known as the different ‘races’ is actually people who were separated and became specified in groups. History makes it clear in Genesis 11 of how all the people on the earth, the descendants of Adam and Eve, rebelled against God and joined together in their defiance. God, however, caused their languages to change so that there was great confusion. Because of this the people had to do what He had commanded them to do in the first place, separate and populate the earth. Over the centuries, these groups grew and expanded, becoming more and more self-sufficient, though they still preserved bits of the beginning. The Mayan’s, for example, a ruthless and bloody people, were found to have an account, though slightly altered, of the flood in their own religion and language. It would seem to prove the point of all being descendants of Adam and later, Noah (Genesis 9:19). This was something that Paul even spoke about to the early church. Galations 3:28 and Colossians 3:11 talks to two churches about the very subject, except between Jews and Greeks. He says that in God’s eyes the only difference between people is their belief in Him.
Furthermore, a research project on the human genome, gave way to intriguing results. The scientists on the project had put together a draft of the entire genome sequence and concluded that all are basically clones of each other. In other words, the human genome is the complete genetic material that is encased in the nucleus of every cell of the body. That information tells us that there is no such thing as a lesser human. We are no different at the core; all are truly equal. George Washington Carver was just as much human and on equal standing as the Wright brothers. The report added that “the more closely that researchers examine the human genome the more most of them are convinced that the standard labels used to distinguish people by ‘race’ have little or no biological meaning”. They say that the external features are the criteria people use for ‘race’. Which then provides us the reason to discuss a factor of the skin called melanin. Melanin describes a colored pigment designed to protect the DNA in skin from the suns rays and results in the color we see of our skin. Eumelanin provides the colors brown to black and pheomelanin, red to yellow. God made melanin to crowd around the DNA in parts of our skin that are most exposed to the suns harmful rays. Each person is created equipped with this special sunblock feature, though some have less. The darker the skin the higher the melanin count and vice versa. That is why certain people groups, such as African’s and East Indian’s, are darker in color than Asian’s and those from Ireland or Sweden, etc. Therefore, whether internal or external, there is proof that there is no difference between ‘races’.
Yet the equality of mankind is not a difficult subject to prove considering the evidence visible in Scripture and science. As usual, everything reflects the Creator. He knew of the trials and the questions that would come and created His children with the answers literally within them. The theory of evolution caused trouble for groups of people, like the aborigines and the African’s, claiming them less evolved and not equal to the higher evolved “white people”. Thankfully, God inspired men to write such scripture as Acts 17:26, “He has made from one blood every nation of men”, to prove that that kind of thinking has no place in this world. God made men, inside and out, with no real defining difference, and separated them when they rebelled. From color pigments in our skin to our genetic makeup, God made us all equal. 1 Samuel 16:9 reminds us of the attitude to assume: “The Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
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