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Is it true that God cursed one of Noah's sons, who became the founder of the black race? My uncle is very prejudiced against people of other races, and he uses this to defend his position.


No, this is not true, although it’s been repeated so often and for so long that many people still believe it, and — like your uncle — have used it to justify their prejudice against people of other races.

Noah, the Bible tells us, had three sons, each of whom (after the great flood) would become the founder of a number of nations or peoples. One of the sons, Ham, became the founder of some groups that settled in Africa, although most of his descendants settled elsewhere, including Babylonia and Assyria in the Middle East. (You can read the list of the nations that came from Noah’s sons in Genesis 10.)

Because of a specific shameful act that occurred after the great flood, Noah pronounced a curse or judgment on one of Ham’s sons, a man by the name of Canaan. The judgment was that Canaan and his descendants would become servants or slaves to his brothers and their descendants, and over time, this actually happened. But the curse was not on Ham; it was only on his son, Canaan (see Genesis 9:25). Nor was Canaan the founder of any African nation or race; his descendants settled only in the Middle East.

Racial prejudice is sin in the eyes of God, and the Bible should never be used to defend it. God created the whole human race, and Jesus Christ died to redeem people from every race. Remember: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

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  1. MISTY ADAMS says:

    I did not know that!

  2. Dion Ramsey says:

    I am looking for truth and I believe that truth is hidden in the pages of the bible. We tend to allow people to tell us what the bible says. I believe that God speaks for Himself, using all creation. I am now realizing that God is truly in control of all creation and all of creation will line up under God because He said so. I do not look at what I see now in the present, but I look forward to what God has already said and what He is saying now, because what He is saying now is what He has already said.

  3. Carol. & robin Northcutt says:

    I and my husband went to the front for salvation in 1956 at the Louisville, KY at the Ky Fair and exposition center in 1956!!! We were 16 yrs old, we are now both 78 & together!! Believing God for Souls and Miracles!!!! Thanks Billy and Franklin, for obedience to God’s command and call!!!!!

  4. Kevin Henry says:

    Thank you for that we are learning, but my question is what happened to Ham’s son to be cursed?

  5. Kathy Spencer says:

    Thanks for that well put history lesson. And that God loves all no matter what nationality, creed, or color. He died for all…

  6. Bobbie Saunders says:

    Thank you for your clarification.

  7. Lucy says:

    Thank u…am reading under the banner of heaven… and always think His love is for ALL of us…

  8. Gina Cyrus says:

    So thankful for your honesty and clarification so that folks who have hate in their hearts will somehow find their way

  9. Arlene says:

    Thank you for the clarification and reminding us that we are all God’s children and we are all created in the image of God which is LOVE