that there is only one race really, the human race? The different nationalities can be equal to breeds of people. I’m not trying to say like breeds of dogs or cats. But is there truly one race, the human race?
All peoples, regardless of stature, culture, color, or language, are members of one human family.
The apostle Paul plainly stated that God вЂњmade out of one man every nation of men.вЂќ Or, as The New English Bible puts it:
":From one human being he created all races of people and made them live throughout the whole earth. He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where they would live.": (Acts 17:26)
HOW HUMAN VARIETY CAME TO BE
Scientific studies have shown that differences among living things are, basically, a matter of genetics. Adam and Eve had all the prerequisite genes for all the varieties of races/skin tones as well as the various features. It is said Adam and Eve could have been dark skinned to begin with, as light skin tone typically comes from dark. Note that we are all ":brown":… we are simply different shades.
Now, suppose a group of people were isolated geographically from the rest of the human family. Certain characteristics among those people would become stronger, or вЂњdominant,вЂќ throughout the groupвЂ™s descendants. Eventually a new вЂњraceвЂќ would develop, yet it would remain human.
Professor S. A. Barnett, from the Australian National University, defines race as вЂњa group which shares in common a certain set of genes, and which became distinct from other groups as a result of geographical isolation.вЂќ
HOW THIS ":GEOGRAPHICAL ISOLATION": CAME ABOUT
The Bible mentions a time when there were not, as yet, any races. Back then, it could be said of mankind that вЂњthey are all a single people with a single language!вЂќ (Genesis 11:6 in The Jerusalem Bible)
However, the account in Genesis 11:1-9 talks about an attempt that was made to keep mankind in one location for religiopolitical purposes. But this ran contrary to God’s original purpose for mankind when He said: вЂњBe fruitful and become many and fill the earth.вЂќ – Gen. 9:1: see also 1:28.
So the account goes on to mention that God suddenly caused men to speak different languages so they could not understand one another. Unable to communicate as one people, little groups, now isolated by the barrier of language, moved off on their own. As they spread farther afield, distance added another barrier to communication. The record of these events says that вЂњJehovah scattered them from there over all the surface of the earth.вЂќ (Gen. 11:8: NWT) Isolated by location and by language, the descendants of each group multiplied and developed the distinct features of their вЂњrace.вЂќ
IS ANY RACE ":SUPERIOR": TO ANOTHER?
As was mentioned above, all peoples, regardless of stature, culture, color, or language, are members of one human family and that ":all nations": were вЂњmade out of one man. (Acts 17:26)
The Apostle Paul admonished Christians and practicers of Bible principles to do ":nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with lowliness of mind considering that the others are superior to YOU.": (Phil. 2:3) This certainly would not involve viewing those of another race as a so-called вЂњinferiorвЂќ race!
Notice what the apostle Peter wrote about how God feels:
вЂњThe truth I have now come to realise, is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him.вЂ™вЂќ (Acts 10:34, 35, Jerusalem Bible)
For more, see:
We Are All One Family
While it is true there is only one race: the ‘human race,’ it is equal true that within the human race and depending on the culture born out out of it, that the psyche of these different cultures is extremely varied. For example, the psyche of an American is very different from the psyche of a French person, or English and Sottish et-cetera, et-cetera. Therefore, while there may be one race, the human race, the individuals within it are in many ways unlike each other, and only appear the same in outer form. Since one culture will most certainly tell you that they have nothing to do with another culture and do not even feel part of the same human race.
Ideals are all well and good, but in practice can be hard to find in working form.
There aren’t really any well-defined races and no real rules you can use to distinguish one supposed race from another that aren’t completely arbitrary. As a concept, I find it almost entirely valueless except for exposing the kinds of fools who have trouble distinguishing between what is valuable and what is not.
Yes. You are correct. All the different races (real races, ethnicity) all add up to one race: the human race. You have a good point there! 😀
The different races have more genes in common than two different breads of dog.
I thought Jews were the chosen people according to you? The book you base everything off of treats women as second class citizens, condones slavery, stoning people for adultery, putting witches to death, telling homosexuals they’re an abomination, you sir are very funny.
Yes, only once race.
If I am marrying a Middle Eastern woman then it is not big deal. A human being marrying another human being
If by race you mean species, then yes.
No, humans suck. I play a Tauren.