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If God really flooded the earth, how is it possible that all races currently on earth came from one man? As if the story of Noah wasn’t already unbelievable, but we are also expected to accept that all of the races currently on earth are directly related to Noah. Let’s start with the most logical question:
How Many People Made It Onto The Ark?
According to scripture, only Noah and his wife, Shem and his wife, Ham and his wife, and Japheth and his wife made it onto the ark. That’s 8 people total. This is also confirmed elsewhere in the Bible:
“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” – 1 Peter 3:20
Based solely on the Bible, we know that all races currently on earth originated from the 8 people that made it onto the ark. Although other texts mention a 4th son of Noah’s after the flood, we are going to stick to scripture and focus on the three that we’re sure about, starting with Shem.
Shem: The Chosen Son
The reason that Shem is so important is because it was his line that the Messiah would descend from. What is also interesting is that the name Shem has been passed down into our modern culture. Here is quick visual for you to think about:
Shem –> Shemites –> Semites
There are also other variations as well, such as the word “Antisemitism”, which would more correctly be defined as “against the line of Shem”. That’s not an official definition, but it seems to fit from a spiritual perspective.
It is in Genesis 10 that we find a list of Shem’s descendants, leading down to Abraham (we cover him in Part 3). We also know that at the very minimum, Abraham’s line settled in the area near Ararat.
In Part 3 we are going to cover Shem’s line in greater detail by following Abraham’s journey. For now, the above map should give you a good idea of the area I’m referring to.
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Ham: The Falsely Accused Son
Ham often gets demonized due to a lot of people with racist agendas twisting the Bible, and those they spread the message to, not reading the Bible to see what it really says. Here’s a brief FAQ in addition to the one at the bottom:
Was Ham Cursed?
No. Ham was not cursed. In Genesis 9:25 Noah says, “cursed be Canaan”. That makes it undeniably clear who was cursed. If anyone tells you that Noah cursed Ham, they are not quoting scripture.
Were All of Ham’s Descendants Cursed?
No. This is another lie told by those with racist agendas, and I’ll explain why that is shortly. Ham had more than one son. We find the following list in Genesis 10:6:
As we can see, out of 4 sons, only the son appearing in red (Canaan) was cursed. Now let’s explore why I believe those with racist agendas teach that Ham’s entire line was cursed.
Where Did Cush Settle?
Even more interesting is the verse in which God proclaims that he will gather the “remnant of his people” out of the following areas:
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” – Isaiah 11:11
For those that view this verse as a prophecy of future events, that means some of God’s people are in Africa. In fact, three of the nations mentioned in the list above are located in Africa:
Where Did Mizraim Settle?
In addition to being a son of Ham, the Hebrew word “Mizraim” is also translated as Egypt in the Old Testament.
Where Did Phut Settle?
On the map above, we can see that Phut (Put) also settled in Africa, just to the west of Egypt.
Where Did Canaan Settle?
If you pay close attention, you’ll notice something interesting. Canaan was the only one of the four sons that did not settle in Africa. Given the wording of the curse, it also makes sense why he would separate himself from his brothers:
“And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.” – Genesis 9:25
If you had a curse like that lingering over your head, you probably wouldn’t want to live anywhere near your brothers either. This map shows exactly where he settled:
The Agenda To Demonize All Africans
Earlier, I mentioned that certain groups have an agenda in teaching that all of Ham’s lineage was cursed, and that’s simply not true. The reason for this teaching is to justify the atrocities of the past and present that were/are committed in Africa, and to African descendants.
This is also another reason that many churches will not point out that most of the Bible takes place between Africa and the Middle East. Arnold Murray’s cult, Shepherd’s Chapel, is one such group. They attempt to strip the facts from the Bible by claiming that Adam, Noah, and pretty much every other major Biblical person was white.
It is important that we face the fact that the Bible is not Euro-centric, as some false teachers would have us believe.
Japheth: The Forgotten Son
It’s not that Japheth is forgotten about, but that he isn’t talked about nearly as much as his brothers. According to Genesis 10:2, Japheth had 7 sons.
Now that we know who his sons were, let’s look at where they settled. Because there are so man, I’m going to use the map below. It is based on the writings of Josephus:
If we look at the map, we see that the sons of Japheth migrated toward Europe. As we progress through this series, some of Japheth’s sons will come up again.
Bible Fact: Throughout the Bible, all of the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth intermingle and have kids that eventually lead to the birth of Christ.
Frequently Asked Questions (Part 2)
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on this subject. If you have a question that you want answered, please feel free to leave a comment below.
How Can All Races Come From One Man?
The most likely answer is that after the family began to migrate, their distance from the equator caused the changes in skin color. Those closest to the equator got darker, and those further away got lighter.
Did God Forbid Interracial Marriage?
No he did not. In general, God didn’t have much to say on the subject. However, there were several tribes that he prohibited the Israelites from marrying into.
Unfortunately, some people try to take very specific instructions and broaden them into a false teaching that claims the Bible forbids all interracial marriage. If you encounter these kinds of teachings, please be aware that they are false.