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Q:

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.


A:

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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7 Comments

  1. Sigey says:

    Good lesson

  2. Herb galvez says:

    We all know who the father of lies is, lucifer. It all started in the garden of Eden, Now the descendants of Noah, it amazes me. In the old days, there were no birth certificates issued by the county, we all came from Noah, what son we don’t know, but all I know, is that JESUS is my savior, and we must resist the father of lies, lucifer, rebuke him. One day we all will meet in heaven, what a day it will be for the saints.

  3. Oyola Otieno says:

    I don’t believe that God discriminates his creations, if the death of Jesus is anything to go by.

  4. Jeri Carter says:

    This should be taught in ALL churches regardless of cultures. So God will heal our land.

  5. Mike W. says:

    Yes, if God created only one race how could there be such a thing as racism, and if the whole world was populated by Noah’s three sons, then aren’t we all related. Then it seems to me that racism is a lie and promoted even in the church for only personal and corporate agenda’s ; however our differences is merely cultural which truly should be celebrated not hated but it’s up to us the church to proclaim this truth to the whole world. This is not being done because too many people profit from the lie which is sad.

  6. Judy English says:

    Thank you for clearing that up. Very informative. I’ve heard that all my life.

  7. Pierre says:

    Galatians 3:8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: All nations will be blessed through you.