The Curse of Ham and Racism

Am_I_not_a_man[1]This won’t take long because it’s preposterous and promotes biblical illiteracy.

The Curse of Ham is a theory based on Genesis 9 taught by some Christians, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses.

Genesis 9

20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
    a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem;
    and let Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
    and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,
    and let Canaan be his servant.”

What many erroneously teach from this text is:
-Ham was cursed with blackness.
-Blacks are the cursed descendants of Ham.
-With what is stated above, American Slavery was decided to be justifiable.

Several things to look at:
1) Noah sends the curse, not God.
2) Never once is skin color mentioned as being apart of the curse at all.
3) The curse is actually pointed  to Canaan and never is it mentioned to go beyond Canaan.
4) Canaan was a wicked person. His descendants elevated the heinous acts he committed.
5) What should be taken away from this story is the need for fathers to train their children for Godliness.
6) To hold to this ludicrous belief shows why Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses will never be able to make a strong argument for their beliefs not being racist in nature. These beliefs are foundational for both groups yet they have denied them in recent years to be more attractive.
7) There is no connection between this story and race. It is purely interjected to support what people want to believe.

While I am one who enjoys discussing race and the bible, this is a blog post that angered me. I love the scriptures and I love the diversity that God has given our world in racial makeup. When someone twists the scriptures to lie on what the bible says and to justify hating their neighbors, it brings me a lot of anger that this keyboard can’t handle.

Some extra articles for reflection:
Ken Ham
John Piper
Trillia Newbell

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