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"And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan." (Genesis 10:6). As you know Ham, was a son of Noah, one of the three sons who were preserved in the ark. Strong's concordance defines Cush as "black" and further states he was the progenitor of the southernmost people of Africa. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H3568&t=KJV "And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman." (Numbers 12:1) The Lord responded quickly and harshly with Miriam for her criticism, afflicting her with leprosy (for seven days). Aaron repented and was spared. (Numbers 12:4-15) In Jeremiah 38:6-13 An Ethiopian petitioned king Zedekiah for Jeremiah's life telling the king Jeremiah was falsely accused and unjustly punished. Acts 8:26-39 Is the account of the Holy Spirit speaking to Phillip, telling him to go meet with an Ethiopian man of authority under a queen of that country. He became a believer in the Lord after Phillip "preached unto him Jesus". It is so blessed that God sent Phillip to meet the man who was apparently returning home from Jerusalem, what an event and how it speaks of God's love for all people and the power He uses in calling His own to Himself!. "The wind bloweth where it listeth......." (John 3:8) Only God knows how many Ethiopian people came to a saving knowledge through the testimony of this man's Gaza road experience after he arrived back home. There may be more but these are the occasions that came to mind.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would love to offer some simple thoughts to this discussion. 1. When God destroyed the Earth with the flood and only saved Noah and his three sons and their respective wives, (4 women), who is your ancestors? I don't know about you, but I can Biblically trace my roots to these 8 people. No matter what race you claim, what color you are, what superior attitude you have, if you are a human being you belong to one of Noah's children. That makes you part of a huge Brotherhood, What a family reunion that could and should be! 2. in Rev 1:14, it tells me that my Father has a head full of white wool! Now I don't know about you, but that sure doesn't describe caucasian hair. However, it does describe the wool I have seen on some of my BLACK Brother's heads! 3. In the book of beginnings, Genesis, God said He was making man in HIS image. Since we are all so very different, it must take every single one of His creation to make up the face of God. Wouldn't you think? Just my thoughts.. Be Blessed Lena
I presume this area of the Bible will help us to understand the question in context, though people may say "dark" is not the same as black, some versions of the Bible used the word black. Solomon may be speaking here with the spirit of God metaphorically, the main issue here is not the colour of man but the spirit of man that will return to God to give an account of his deeds. Colours are not welcome in heaven likewise in hell but the soul or the spirit that will be judged. Look at: Song of Solomon 1:5-6 ESV. ""I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother's sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept!"
The Bible is perhaps the greatest science and history book that has ever been written! According to Act 17:26 - God made "From one man all nations". Contrary to what we think, say and believe today the Bible thoroughly supports and suggests something that is very obvious in all forms of natural life on earth including man - that is the idea the each species on the planet has the ability to produce its own kind in many "colors". My favorite example of this is with dogs. A dog can have one mother and one father of the same or different colors and still produce offspring of of the same or widely different colors. The Bible suggests the same was true with humans; the most notable story in the Bible being that of Noah and his son Ham. The man Paul is referring to in Acts 17:26 is Adam the father of the human species. It seems the Bible purports the idea that Adam and Eve produce offspring of all the skin "colors" found on earth today but the notion of separate peoples based on the color of skin is something that is noticeably absent from the Bible. The Bible also gives strong insight into God's personal attitude about race based on skin color in the story of Moses, Aaron and Miriam. Notice in this incident the sin of discrimination God does not open address in His in his disciplining of Aaron and Miriam, He rather take serious case against them in their upstaging and challenging of His select and designated leader/servant Moses; God is obviously infuriated with the two for this reason. The transgression of racial discrimination is not even dignified with Him even acknowledging it - but does He let it go! Absolutely not! Look at Miriam's punishment - He turns her into a leper the most discriminated against human individual in all the Bible. Do you think God sanctions racial segregation and racism no matter upon what it is based? I have made these points because such a question as posed is offensive to God and all of mankind. It robs God of His ingenious creative prowess and diversity and causes hurt and decension among His most prized creation - Man. Man is all one and all related irregardless of color of skin, inside we are exactly the same. The Bible does not mention "black men" as black because race based on skin color was not relevant to the times in which the Bible was written. It the very few case(s) where color of ones skin is the basis of discrimination against a human being it is fiercely put down! The Bible does not mention "white people", "red people" or the like anywhere with in it's 66 books. One is probably thinking in a true Biblical mindset when the say "Black Man" in regards to the Bible. Such a notion is not supported and that is most likely the reason one might miss the myriad of people of color the Bible Does mention within it's pages such as Simon of Cyrene who carried Jesus' cross and whose family Paul speaks very highly of thanking them for the care and kindness they showed to him when he stayed with them. Another particular note today the espouses the idea that humans of one skin color can have offspring of another color skin can be seen today in the abundant recurrence of 2 white parents or 2 black parents having twins when one is black and the other is white or non-oriental parents have offspring with striking features of far east or oriental brothers and sisters. We are all related and color of skin does not change that fact. It testifies to the creative genius and diversity of God Himself.
I just have one comment about it, and some scripture. We all came from Adam and Eve, and Adam was created in Gods likeness. The he created Eve from Adam's rib. The human race was not doing what the Lord God wanted them to do. So we all know that an ark was built then the great flood happen. In the following scripture you read. Genesis 7:23 KJV  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. Then all man kind died in the great flood, all but Noah and his family. They repopulated the earth. We all spoke the same language. UNTIL: Genesis 11:6-8 KJV  And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.  So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. The human race was scattered all over the earth. The color of the skin and the hair came from where they were scattered. They adapted to their environment. We know that a majority of people in Etheopia which is part of Africa. Are of different skin color. But does it really matter what the color of the skin is, or the hair type is. When we bleed we all have the same color red. Does anyone know what the color of the inner tissue is when we get cut is, in all human beings? I would say that it is pink. I don't see what the big deal is about skin color. What matters is that we all came from our creator "GOD". We all were created in his image right? Our human body is just a vessel for our soul. It's just the outer shell. Our soul are all the same. We all either go to heaven or we go to hell. But the color of the skin does not go with us. There is only one God and we were all created in his likeness, as in Genesis 1:26 KJV  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. There is only one God, he is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. The creator of all things created seen and unseen. So my answer to the question is our skin color and hair type all depended on out environment, and where the people were scattered. We are all the sons and daughters of the almighty Father, the creator of all.
The peoples in the bible where described more by location, language, or country of origin, not really by skin color since most skin color was non white. You can bet that Jesus was not lily white. He was a man of many nations in his lineage through Mary his mother and since His heavenly Father is a spirit more than a physical being. We have no idea the skin tone that he chose knitting him together in his mother's womb. The white skin color genes came mostly from the primitive peoples of Europe which had very little influence on the bible lands. The Romans through the propagation of slavery brought more integration of the races as they dominated the civilized / domesticated / governed / ruled areas of the Mediterranean Ocean areas. When Rome ruled the Mediterranean Sea, they actually called it the sea of Rome. They could not conquer completely the white European lands that they considered heathenistic or barbarian. Although, I am sure they enslaved as many as they could conquer, since slavery was a common commercial trade to gain wealth by the Romans. The poor were enslaved wherever they went if they rebelled against their rule or taxation. At one time, according to history, as high as 90% of Rome's population were slaves from conquered nations. Wow!
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