From Volume I:
Abraham and his wife made their African slave a surrogate mother and she bore Abraham a half-black heir. Later, God wished to use Moses and his Ethiopian wife and half-Ethiopian sons to raise up a new race of Jews to replace the twelve tribes of Israel. Let's not forget that the Almighty did not object when Jacob passed “the blessing of Abraham” on to his half-African grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, in North Africa. In light of these facts it’s amazing that early Americans wondered if blacks could be saved especially since it was big news to Jews that gentiles (Europeans) could be saved. Prior to the Apostles of Christ’s debate about whether Europeans, called gentiles in Scripture, could be saved, Niger and Lucius were black Bible teachers at Antioch (where believers were first called Christians) and an Ethiopian eunuch had been saved and baptized. (Acts 13:1, 15:7) The first king, queen, prince, and princess in the Bible were black. It was an African princess who found Moses floating down the Nile in Africa. Later Esther a dark skinned Jew won a black beauty contest that stretched from India to Ethiopia. Blacks in the Bible Vol. I shows you truths stranger than fiction.
It’s interesting how Christians view the color of sin. In churches you may hear phrases such as our hearts were “blackened by sin.” European-based Christianity has assigned a color to sin and that color is black, whereas Bible-based Christianity does not associate sin with the color black. Racism has crept into even the color of sin. In answer to the question, “What color does the Bible assign to sin?” many people would answer, “Black is the color assigned to sin.” The Scriptures clearly assign sin a color, but not the color black. Isaiah states: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Both crimson and scarlet are shades of red; therefore, red is the biblically assigned color of sin, not black.
Nevertheless, a form of a Westernized theological racism has insidiously claimed that black skin is the result of a curse. Actually, when God cursed someone’s skin, He turned it white. The first occurrence happened when Moses’ sister Miriam mocked Moses for marrying a woman with black skin, an Ethiopian. (Num. 12:1, Jer. 13:23) God responded by turning Miriam’s skin white, with a skin disease known as leprosy. This cured her racist views. (Num. 12:10) Also, recall when Elisha cursed his servant, Gehazi saying: “The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.” (2 Kings 5:27) The curse this man of God put on the greedy Gehazi’s skin, for his abomination, did not turn his skin black but “as white as snow,” which made Gehazi the first abominable snow man. Also, in Exodus 3:2-4:6, when God spoke to Moses from a burning bush to display his power over sin, God turned the skin on Moses’ hand white with leprosy, then restored his skin to its original dark color that had earlier allowed him to pass as the grandson of Pharaoh, an African king. Each time God placed a curse on skin, he did not turn it brown, black, or dark but white, even as “white as snow.” Somehow this theological point has failed to find its way into European pulpits. However, the fable of God turning skin black when he was displeased with a person easily found its way into many of their pulpits. Not one account of God showing displeasure by turning someone’s skin black is found in Holy Scripture. The irony lies in the fact that original sin was the same color as the original man: red. Adam means Red Man.
James Warden is a graduate of Mid-American Nazarene University. He worked six years as a Christian radio announcer in Kansas City, where he founded Have You Heard the Good News Radio Ministry. He was ordained as a minister in 1992 by pastors Don and Velma Aston of Overland Park, Kansas. He has authored several books outside of the Blacks in the Bible series. He offers seminars regarding Eternal Security, Bible Prophecy, and Types and Shadows in Scripture, and Biblical Black History. He resides in Texas. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title as "Blacks in the Bible" or it will be discarded as spam. For more information WWW. BLACKS IN THE BIBLE. NET or WWW.BlacksInTheBible.Org.