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The Bible Does Not Teach the Curse of Ham

“I will make man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.” Isaiah 13:12, 13

The struggle for racial equality has taken many steps forward since the 19th Century. It hasn’t been easy, but there has been some change. Political positions are being filled by people from more diverse backgrounds, and voices, at one point silenced, are being heard. Still, racial inequality, gender discrimination, hatred, and bigotry in society have continued. Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday in the United States would have never been considered only a few decades ago, but we now celebrate it every year. His dream for equality is seen more and more clearly. But it will take a government far more powerful than any man has seen to make it a reality. It will take the Kingdom of God to bring equality and justice to all people on earth. At the dawn of this Kingdom, we see how the rights of every man are gradually appreciated as “more precious than fine gold.”

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For centuries, people of color have been enslaved, repressed, and discriminated against. Many have justified this treatment based on Bible verses dating back to the days of Noah. It has been taught from some Christian pulpits that  a curse was placed upon Ham for dishonoring his father, Noah. The fact is, the Scriptures teach no such thing! Ham was not cursed! 

 

On this occasion our thoughts are directed toward unity and human rights. We hope for a day when there won’t be any more prejudice and love will prev

 

The Chicago Bible Students are happy to share a special booklet, “The Bible Does Not Teach The Curse of Ham.

 

This booklet is free as a download, or it can be mailed to any U.S. postal address 

Brother Russell defended black people against racism. Russell said, [R2264]”Without partiality (which would signify injustice): the purity and peace, gentleness, mercy and good fruits of the spirit of wisdom, lead us to be no respecters of persons, except as character shall demonstrate real value: the outward features, the natural man, the color of his skin, etc., are ignored by the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom that cometh from above. It is impartial and loves that which is pure, good, peaceable, gentle, true, wherever found and under whatever circumstances it exhibits itself.” and in R3042-3 “It is NOT true that divine favor has gone with the whites exclusively, and against the blacks and other colored races; civilizing the whites and barbarizing the others. If civilization and barbarity are to be the tests entirely, we have only to take in a wide scope of history to see the fallacy of the view presented. Eighteen centuries ago the white peoples of Europe, with their straight silky hair, were savages, idolaters, barbarians… Moreover, it was when Moses’ brother Aaron and his sister Miriam, especially the latter, upbraided him for his marriage to a negress, that the Lord defended him in the matter, and smote Miriam with the plague of leprosy as a punishment for her improper conduct and language respecting this subject. (See the account, Num. 12.) Zipporah was an Ethiopian, described in the Hebrew text as a Cushite. Ebed melech, also an Ethiopian, was one of King Zedekiah’s household, and be it noted that he was both thoughtful and zealous for the Lord’s prophet, Jeremiah, and was the commander of the thirty men who delivered him from prison (Jer. 38:7-12.) Hence the argument of those who claim that the negro is devoid of organizing intelligence or ability, except as he may have an admixture of white blood, is shown to be fallacious.”

 

[R934] “…Mr. Thomson says he had seen so much of this sort of thing that he began to believe that the negro was not capable of development. But when he reached the heart of Africa, his pessimism suffered a severe shock. These are his words:   “I could hardly believe I was not dreaming when I looked around me and found large, well-built cities, many of them containing 10,000 to 30,000 inhabitants. The people themselves, picturesquely and voluminously dressed, moved about with that self-possessed, sober dignity which bespeaks the man who has a proper respect for himself. I saw on all sides the signs of an industrious community, differentiated into numerous crafts—evidence sufficient to show, how far advanced they were on the road to civilization. I heard the rattle, the tinkle, and the musical clang of the workers in iron, in brass, and in copper. I could see cloth being made in one place, and dyed, or sewn into gowns or other articles of dress in other places. I n the markets crowded with eager thousands, I could see how varied were the wants of these negro people, how manifold the productions of their industry, and how keen their business instincts.”

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