The teaching that The Black Race Came about by a Curse Placed by Noah on Ham’s Son Is Awful and Erroneous!
Many of our black brothers and sisters have been dealt a huge injustice, due to the horrendous teaching about their beginnings
The teaching became popular during the time of slavery in America, to justify slavery.
Many might try to blame it on God, but it was never God’s intention. It’s due to man’s poor, or self-serving interpretations.
I am not about popularity, but about God’s word, his truth. There can be many interpretations, but only one truth. Everything you are taught, concerning God’s word, needs to be checked out for yourself.
We live in dangerous times.
Is the black race a result of a curse? The answer is a -great – big – NO!!! The teaching that black people came about, due to a curse Noah placed on his son, Ham’s descendants, is erroneous and false!
It is a sad shame that our leaders in the church perpetuate such a teaching!! They, the pastors, who should know better, know the Scriptures better, do nothing but teach “man’s” traditions, which have no place in God’s word!!
Jesus told the Pharisees that their traditions made God’s word to none effect, and it is still going on today!
Many preach on their thoughts, their wisdom, and use very little of God’s word to teach. Oh yeah, they might mention a verse or two, but the rest of their sermons go on and on, all filled with their words.
Do not be surprised by this, for God foretold in Amos 8 that the famine of the end times would be for hearing the word of God:
Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
The word “hearing” in the Greek, means to hear intelligently That means to hear with understanding. How many churches actually teach God’s word as if you’re in school? Not many, though they should be.
God said there would be a famine for “hearing” his word. If you’re a believer, then what God has said is true. Sure there are many churches across America, but many are not teaching God’s word, with understanding. In order for a famine to be true, the majority cannot be right.
Many of our churches are filled with pastors who speak from their own hearts, not God’s heart, his wisdom, or his word.
People are spirituality starving to death. Just as spoken of in Ezekiel:
Eze 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
It was God’s truth that brought the dry bones back to life…to quicken them, which means to make them alive spiritually.
First, I would like to say, Noah did the cursing, not God:
Gen 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
And secondly, what was it that Ham had done? Ham uncovered his father’s nakedness. What exactly does that mean? God, himself, tells us:
Lev 18:8 The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.
Ham had an incestuous affair with his mother. This is why Noah was so upset. The child produced between Ham and his mother was Canaan. That is why Noah cursed Canaan.
Yes, it’s an ugly truth, but there are many ugly truths in God’s word. He didn’t cause them or promote them, but he did report them.
Why Canaan’s Descendants aren’t Black
This is going to be a tough teaching. I didn’t really want to go into the creation of the races, but, I have to. Although some pastors do know it, many are told, in seminary, not to teach it, for it is too controversial. For myself, I don’t see it. If anything, it’s freeing and it gives more credence to God’s word! But because I have debated this topic many times online, I know what the reaction will be for the most part.
The black race did NOT result from a curse!! God created all the races. Yes, that’s right! No race evolved from another, no race is a result from a curse, and all races are good!!
Most people notice a difference between Gen 1 and Gen 2, concerning the order of events. I noticed it myself, many many years ago. When I questioned some pastors about it, they said Gen 2 is a recap of Gen 1. They told me I was reading it wrong. How glad I am that I didn’t listen to them and kept searching!!!
God gave us common sense and expects us to use it. There is nothing wrong with questioning what you are taught pertaining to God’s word. The pastor is not God and is just a man. They are imperfect just as the rest of us.
After much study, and finding others, who are schooled in Hebrew, along with scholarly pastors, God opened my eyes to this issue.
Gen 1 and Gen 2 are two different events!
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
“Man” in the Hebrew, as utilized here, doesn’t mean “male” but “human being, mankind”.
The word in the Hebrew is
aw-dawm’ From H119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.): – X another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X low, man (mean, of low degree), person.
The Hebrew word for mankind does read as Adam. But, there is a big difference. The “man” written of in Gen 1 is missing the particle and article, in the Hebrew, which changes the meaning entirely.
Gen 2, speaking of Adam, reads:
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
This word “man” is Adam, same as in Gen1, though there is a huge difference, which doesn’t read in the English.
In the Hebrew, 2 words are connected to the word “Adam”. They are “eth ha“. It reads as “eth ha adam“. Meaning- this one particular man. The “eth” makes it emphatic in the Hebrew. There is great emphasis on it, and no way around it. It is speaking of only Adam. It is not the generalized term of man for mankind or species as used in Gen 1.
One can really see the difference, from the manuscripts, using Green’s Interlinear:
In the manuscripts- ‘man’ (Gen 1:26) in the Hebrew is אדם‘- meaning “mankind”.
The word ‘man’ in Genesis 2:7 is אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֗ם
One can clearly see the difference in the Hebrew. They are not the same…. Gen 2:7 “ethhaadam”. Meaning- this one particular man. The “eth” makes it emphatic in the Hebrew.
There is also a difference in the chronological order of events in Gen 1 and Gen 2
“man” created, both males and females
Eve was made
Not only is there a difference in the order of events, but even the wording is different, from “created” to “formed” and made” I believe God did this to call attention to it.
Animals were already created in Gen.1. These animals that are formed in Gen 2, I, and many others, believe they are domestic animals, as opposed to the wild animals created in Gen.1. Adam’s job was to be a husbandman, a farmer. These would be animals which would help him accomplish that job.
Many do notice the difference but are told there is no difference, that the fault is in the reader. When truth be told, the fault is not the reader. Most children can see a difference between Gen 1 and Gen. 2
God created ALL the races and said “it was good”! All races are good and were created exactly the way God wanted them.
And in knowing this, it would also explain how Cain got his wife and who were the ones he was afraid were going to kill him. They were of the sixth day creation.
Some teach of races evolving, or some even teach that races are a result of genetic defects caused after the fall, or, sadly, some believe certain races came about because of a curse. Any of these beliefs takes dignity away from the races.
Knowing that God created all the races, gives dignity to each and every race!
God created all the races on the sixth day. He was finished with his work and was well pleased!
Adam and Eve would be the family-line Christ would come through. That is why they were not included in the sixth day creation. It was so we would know the difference. That is why, in the Old Testament, genealogies were recorded. Christ would come in the order of Melchizedek (king of peace, or just). Christ came from the tribe of Levi (the priest line, the just) and the king line (Judah, Jews). And Christ was born of those bloodlines. Mary’s father was of Judah, but Mary’s mother was of Levi. We know this, because Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, was a full-blooded Levite. She’d have to be, for she was married to a practicing Levitical priest. Elizabeth could not have been a blood relative to Heli, Mary’s father, for that would not make Elizabeth a full-blooded Levite, so it had to be through Mary’s mother.
Adam was a farmer, and many of Christ’s teaching were taught in farming terms, such as, plowing, working in the field. sowing and reaping, harvest time and so forth.
And I know this verse would make many think Adam was the first man created:
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Adam is the first man in Jesus’ genealogy. Notice Jesus is also referred to as Adam, being the “last Adam”. It doesn’t mean Adam was the first human being, but that he was the first in Christ’s bloodline.
There is also the verse that refers to Eve as being the mother of all living:
Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
It doesn’t mean all alive in the flesh, for the flesh dies.
God is the God of the living, not the dead:
Mat 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Through Eve, umbilical cord to umbilical cord, would come Christ.
If you are in Christ, you have eternal life in you…if not, you are considered spiritually dead. Our souls are far more important than our flesh bodies. To be truly “living” means spiritually alive, to have immortality through Christ.
Does this make Adamic people more special? No. Not all of Adam are in Christ’s bloodline, but Christ’s bloodline is of Adam. And, after Christ’s death, God says:
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
The genealogy is important to show the fulfillment of the promise of The Christ.
That was the purpose of the genealogies, to follow the bloodline so no one else could claim to be the Messiah, without being able to check it out.
Heb 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
Heb 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Heb 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Melchisedec in the Greek-
Of Hebrew origin [H4442]; Melchisedek (that is, Malkitsedek), a patriarch: – Melchisedec.
From H4428 and H6664; king of right; Malki-Tsedek, an early king in Palestine: – Melchizedek.
From H4427; a king: – king, royal.
From H6663; the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity: – X even, (X that which is altogether) just (-ice), ([un-]) right (-eous) (cause, -ly, -ness).
Jesus was of Judah and Levi. Mary’s father was of Judah, and Mary’s mother was of Levi, for Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth. was of Levi. Elizabeth was Zacharias’ wife. Zacharias was a Levitical priest, and by law, could only marry a woman soley of the tribe of Levi.
Adam and Eve were not a new race, for the races were already created. Some believe, as do I, that there was also a representative of Adam’s race on the sixth day. It is clearly understood that the fish, the fowl and all the wild animals, of every kind were already created and living on earth. All races were living on earth. What God realized, was that he didn’t have a man to till the ground, i.e. a farmer, (none of the sixth day creation was told to till the ground). I don’t think that God actually forgot, but did it this way, for Adam’s genealogy would lead to Christ.
Now Back to Ham and the curse
Noah and his family were spared from the flood because he was a just man and was found perfect in his generations:
Gen 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Many read over that, He was perfect “in his generations”. Meaning his ancestry was perfect. There was no intermixing. Though this is a subject for another time, the daughters of Adam were intermixing the “sons of God”, angelic beings. Noah and his family had no part in that. There was no intermixing of any kind. It doesn’t mean he was “perfect” as in blameless or without sin. There is only who was without sin, and that was Christ.
E. W. Bullinger, who was a great scholar, has written in Appendix 26, to the Companion bible, concerning Gen 6:9
[:The Heb. word tamim means without blemish, and is the technical word for bodily and physical perfection, and not moral. Hence it is used of animals ofsacrificial purity. It is rendered without blemish in Ex. 12:5; 29:1. Lev. 1:3, 10; 3:1, 6; 4:3, 23, 28, 32; 5:15, 18; 6:6; 9:2, 3; 14:10; 22:19; 23:12, 18. Num. 6:14; 28:19, 31; 29:2, 8, 13, 20, 23, 29, 32, 36. Ezek. 43:22, 23, 25; 45:18, 23; 46:4, 6, 13.
Without Spot. Num. 19:2; 28:3, 9, 11; 29:17, 26.
Undefiled. Ps. 119:1.
This shows that Gen. 6:9 does not speak of Noah’s moral perfection, but tells us that he and his family alone had preserved their pedigree and kept it pure, in spite of the prevailing corruption brought about by the fallen angels. See Ap. 23 and 25.]
*Appendix 26 of the list of Appendixes
Because of Noah’s generations being perfect, there is no way that an incestuous affair, between Ham and his mother, could produce a child of a different race!! It is erroneous to teach that Canaan and his offspring were cursed by God and that the black race resulted from that curse!!
The only way, two people of the same race, can have a child of a different race, is if there was some intermixing of races somewhere in the family line.
*note- many believe the flood was not world-wide, but only at one particular location, probably around the Black Sea area.. This verse: Gen 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
The word earth, in the Hebrew is:
ad-aw-maw’ From H119; soil (from its general redness): – country, earth, ground, husband [-man] (-ry), land.
It doesn’t necessarily mean the earth, as the entire globe. It can mean an area of ground. And since the races survived the flood, and since God didn’t have to recreate anything, including plant life, many are in agreement that the flood was not world wide.
But whether one believes it was worldwide or not…either way the races made it through, for God said:
Gen 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Flesh, in the Hebrew:
From H1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension body, person; also (by euphemism) the pudenda of a man: – body, [fat, lean] flesh [-ed], kin, [man-] kind, + nakedness, self, skin.
That would include people, the different races.
God created all the races on the sixth day, including the black race
God said “it was good”. All of his creation is good, including all the races
Adam and Eve was a different event from Gen 1, for through them, Christ would come
Noah cursed Ham’s son because Ham uncovered his father’s nakedness, meaning Ham had sexual relations with his mother, and it resulted in a child being born, whom was Canaan
Noah cursed Ham’s son, not God
It is ambiguous whether Noah’s curse was just on Ham’s son, or also on Canaan’s descendants
2 people of the same race will not produce a child of another race, unless there was race intermixing, beforehand, in the family line.
Our black brothers and sisters are not a result of a man-made curse.
Every race was created by God just the way he wants them. He loves all the races and said IT IS GOOD concerning his creation!
God’s word liberates people! It doesn’t put them in bondage