One Race?

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So, if all people groups go back to the Tower of Babel, then back to Noah’s sons, and eventually back to Adam and Eve; then how many races are there?


Answer: One. The human race.


All humans are of one blood (Acts 17:26) and have a common ancestor—a real man named Adam—our mutual grandfather.


Why is this so important? The Bible says that when Adam and Eve sinned, death entered the world and all of creation was cursed (Genesis 2:17, 3; Romans 8:22). And because all people are their descendants, everyone inherits a sin nature. All people are born in rebellion against their Creator; sinners by nature and choice. This is precisely why Jesus became the Last Adam (Romans 5:12; I Corinthians 15:21-22, 45-47). He became one of us, our relative, of our blood, to pay the perfect, infinite price that neither we nor any sacrifice could ever pay.


But if that history in Genesis is not true, and there never was a real man named Adam, then where did sin and death come from? Why would Jesus become the Last Adam if there was not a first Adam? You see, both “Adams” are essential to understanding the Gospel.


All that being said, how do Christians explain things like different skin colors if everyone is of one race? Are people really different colors? Is a Caucasian truly white or an African-American truly black? The answer is actually no.


All people are essentially some shade of brown. It’s mainly based on a brown pigment called melanin. Some people have more and are a darker shade of brown. Others have less and are a lighter shade of brown. And the majority of the world’s population is a middle brown shade. We are all the same color, brown, just different shades.


Some may ask, “But why do different people groups have distinct attributes like different shades?” Answer: the Tower of Babel. It is this event that shows how we got isolated people groups, separated by language and geographical barriers, leading to isolated genetic pools. Within these pools certain traits became dominant in an area and were passed on from one generation to the next.[1] This is a common occurrence genetically speaking.


In truth, we are not “red, yellow, black, and white”; we’re actually “brown, brown, brown and brown, different shades of brown.”



[1] For more on this subject see One Race One Blood, by Ken Ham and Charles Ware, Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2010.





About the Author

Bryan Osborne is passionate about reaching the lost with the gospel! As an expert in the use of exciting, apologetics-based evangelism and chronological Bible teaching, this former athlete connects with audiences through real-life stories and facts that confirm the truth of the Bible. After graduating from Bryan College with a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and minors in Greek and Christian education, Bryan earned his master’s degree in education from Lee University. For 13 years he boldly and enthusiastically taught Bible history in a public school system in Tennessee, and for 20 years he has helped youth and young adults in the local church to know and defend their faith. Bryan’s giftedness as a communicator and his passion for revealing the truth of God’s Word are obvious and contagious! He now speaks at conferences and in churches for Answers in Genesis and is developing a blog designed to help parents and ministry leaders solve the growing epidemic of biblical illiteracy through the use of specially designed resources such as AiG’s Answers Bible Curriculum. You will love his practical, cutting-edge talks that reveal the importance of apologetics in evangelizing the lost and in equipping today’s youth and families in the body of Christ! Bryan reports that he and his wife Marla have been blissfully married since 1998 and are enjoying the early years of child-rearing!