Many know and recognize Charles Dawin's book, "Origin of Species" written in 1859 that brought the whole Evolutionary Science to the forefront. But how many know the real title of the book? Do you recognize this?
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life,
How many know this? This was the original title. How many know that Darwin was not only a Racist but also believed women were inferior to men? It blows my mind that people follow this man and his writings without even knowing anything about the man who started it all. How many know that Hitler and his Nazi's took Darwin's beliefs to heart and therefore had much to do with what we know today as the Holocaust?
If I were to ask you how many races are there, how many would you say? 20? 30? 50? Hundreds?
From a biblical POV there is only one race; the human race. Race is an evolutionized term. It's too bad the churches didn't realize this. Some do, many still do not. Many churches today still have on their books a law against interracial marriages. Why? It's not coming from scripture. Scripture doesn't recognize races. Tribes? Yes. Nations? Yes. There is no forbidden different races to marry. Moses married a black woman. Rhab and Ruth, both in the geneology of Christ were from different races marrying into the Jewish Faith yet they were two of only four women mentioned in the gospel lineage of Christ.
Our speaker at the AIG conference said he was recently denied to speak at a church because he had been married for 25 years to a Japanese woman. Happily married to one woman but since she was Japanese the by-laws of this particular church forbid it or the Pastor would be asked to leave the church. Sad.
If we would only learn to look at people groups thru the lens of God's word and not thru the lens of man's opinions. How much nicer this world would be.
If there is no Jesus, then there is no equality. If there is Jesus then there is equality because Jesus is the Creator and we are all created equal. But even the Christians did err for not knowing the scriptures. In a Southern Baptist Church in 1856 a half breed was not allowed to be buried in a church cemetary. They were a pretty racist group all in themselves. Darwin just helped them along. Many don't realize that it was the Christians who rode in under Darwin's coattails while the Scientists stood back not supporting him hardly at all. In fact some loudly protested his findings. It wasn't until after the 1930's when the new younger Scientists came along that his theory was accepted in large by the Scientific community.
So many stories on racism thru the years. How many know or have read about Africans put on display in Zoos? Have you ever read about the world's fair in St. Louis in 1904 when a black pygmy boy was put on display? Happend all the time. I recently read a story about this also in NY in 1906.
From an evolutionist POV this belief of superiority is hardwired into our brain. The Boston Globe reporting about Bosnia and Bio-Politics said that the cause of the bloodbath over there "lies in our genes." They said it's genetic. It couldn't be sin could it?
In England I remember a story about this Musem holding bones of the blacks keeping them for Science. When they were requested for burial they refused. Blacks were not treated as human by many.
How about sterilization? Ever hear of that? How many know that in the United States alone over 64,000 people were sterilized right up until the 1970's? Many might remember Hitler ordering this forced sterilization to over 400,000 people but not many know the United States was behind such a horrid program.
This was all done in the name of Eugenics or the support of improving the human race by sterilizing those who maybe were non-white, sick with disease, had epilepsy or were feeble minded. How did one know if someone was feeble minded or not? Ever hear of the SAT test? Yep, used for measuring intelligence. How scary is that? Ever hear of the bell curve linking intelligence with race?
Forced sterilization was done also in the prison system. I heard Indiana started this in the prison system 100 years ago by sterilizing some of the inmates. From 1924-79 Virginia sterilized 8,000 people alone.
In 1967 there was a law against interracial marriage in 16 states until 1967 in a Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia. http://www.diversityinc.com/public/1982.cfm Many, my age or older can probably remember these days quite well.
So how could we, as a Christian Nation pass these laws? Where is the equality the scriptures preach about? Why aren't we listening? What happened? From what I can ascertain even the churches were consistent with the world view turning away from the biblical world view. They were viewing man's opinion as higher than God's opinion.
What does the bible say about the feeble minded? We sterilized them. Germany executed them but yet scripture says we are to comfort them.
The bible says it's not the externals that matter. It's all about internals. It's not about skin color. Large earlobes, large noses or slanted eyes are the same as skin color. These are genetic traits and should not be used to make one inferior to another.
Will we ever learn?