Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. But some people think there must be different “races” of people because there appear to be major differences between various groups, such as skin colour and eye shape.The truth though is that these so-called “racial characteristics” are only minor variations among people groups.And racial prejudice remains common throughout the world.”8 In an article in the summer issue of the Journal of Counseling and Development,9 researchers argue that the term “race” is basically so meaningless that it should be discarded.Personally, because of the influences of Darwinian evolution and the resulting prejudices, I believe everyone (and especially Christians) should abandon the term “race(s).” We could refer instead to the different “people groups” around the world.God approves of marriage between a man and a woman of different races because all races are equal in his sight. , no matter what race.”—Acts , 35, All humans descended from the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, whom the Bible calls “the mother of everyone living.” (Genesis ) For this reason, the Bible says of God: “He made out of one man every nation of men.” (Acts While interracial marriage is perfectly acceptable to God, not all people share his view.The Bible says: “God treats everyone on the same basis .
Any descendant of Adam can be saved, because our mutual relative by blood (Jesus Christ) died and rose again.However, this all changed in 1859, when Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.Darwinian evolution was (and still is) inherently a racist philosophy, teaching that different groups or “races” of people evolved at different times and rates, so some groups are more like their ape-like ancestors than others.The Australian Aborigines, for instance, were considered the missing links between the ape-like ancestor and the rest of mankind.1 This resulted in terrible prejudices and injustices towards the Australian Aborigines.2 The leading evolutionary spokesperson, Stephen Jay Gould, stated that “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.”3 Racist attitudes fueled by evolutionary thinking were largely responsible for an African pygmy being displayed, along with an orangutan, in a cage in the Bronx zoo.4 As a result of Darwinian evolution, many people started thinking in terms of the different people groups around the world representing different “races,” but within the context of evolutionary philosophy.This has resulted in many people today, consciously or unconsciously, having ingrained prejudices against certain other groups of people.