According to the March, 2015 issue of the National Geographic, “A third of Americans believe humans existed in their present form since time began” (page 41). This same fact is presented in the June, 2014 edition of the Answers In Genesis (AIG) magazine. The second chapter of Genesis says that God created a man and a woman.
A big question is, “If everyone came from Adam and Eve, how does one account for the differing skin colors?” AIG gives a simple response. It depends upon where people settled. Those who lived closer to the equator developed darker skin to protect them from the more intense sun. People who came to the northern or southern points ended up with lighter skin to produce more Vitamin D. After many generations these predominant characteristics became part of the gene pool. Acts 17:26 says that God “made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed time, and the boundaries of their habitation.”
Dr. Tommy Mitchell states on page 89 of the AIG magazine, “Scientists involved with mapping the human genome have declared that there is one race-the human race. Some have even said the term race is meaningless.”
With all of this said, there is no racial inequality; nor is there any excuse for racial prejudice. A man or woman has no choice where they are born, and therefore, what color their skin is. They do have a choice to treat others equally. God loves each person the same. An old church school song says it this way. “Red, and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight.” Whether a person lives in America, Africa, or Amsterdam, Genesis says we were created in the image of God and are descendants from the first man and woman. As creations of God from the same source with established habitations over which a person has no control, why then is there racial prejudice?
The answer is that many people have chosen to be prejudice. Doesn’t that say something about human nature? There is sometimes pride and a feeling of superiority over another race. Humanity, as a whole, is in need of a new character made possible by God’s love and grace. People will then see the value of each individual life created in His image. Genesis 1:27 tells us, “And God created man in His own image…male and female He created them,” and His desire is “for all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:4). When people focus on God’s view and purpose for humanity there is no room for racial prejudice.
What can you do to help other people, no matter the color of their skin, see themselves as God sees them, in His love and grace?