Why God is not a Racist
The God whose existence Richard Dawkins and atheists deny is the God of the Bible. Dawkin’s accusation against this God is based on his misunderstanding of the scriptures! He charged the Biblical God of being "homophobic" because this Biblical God does not approve of the perverted sexual desire and practices of homosexuals.
Homophobia is irrational fear or aversion to or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. God, being the creator, is also the creator of homosexuals and has no reason to fear or discriminate against what he created. As explained in earlier posts, it is what homosexuals can do (activating their orientation) that is abominable to God.
For one to charge another as homophobic carries the inherent implication that one is a supporter, an adherent, a partisan, an advocator, a backer, a proponent, an exponent of licentiousness that some homosexuals engage in. It is safe to say Dawkins agrees with abominable and dangerous sexual perversion that science says is quite unsafe. The Bible warns -
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Dawkins was indeed selective with whom to bushwhack while there are within the sphere of human religiosity, many "gods"!
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
One of the most disgusting and stupid accusations of Dawkins against the God of the Bible is that He is a racist. A racist would believe that a particular race is superior to another.
IS THE GOD OF THE BIBLE A RACIST?
The Biblical God as we have discussed in an earlier blog is a God who does not practice favoritism or "is not a respecter of persons."
THE ACTS 10:34-35
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
How can a God, who is not a respecter of persons, be a respecter of race or a racist? Even before humanity came to the point of being divided into different races, God showed Abraham His loving kindness to all races that would be.
GENESIS 12:3 (DOUAY-RHEIMS VERSION)
I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and IN THEE shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
How can a God, who is willing to bless all kindreds of earth, be racist? This pronouncement of God to Abraham came with a promise even before there were races.
Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
What the God of the Bible wants to do is to bless races as He blessed Abraham. If there be any curse that befalls a race or a nation it is not God's desire but a measure of justice to wayward nations like those in Canaan at the time of the exodus! This necessary and fair act of the God of the Bible to maintain world order can hardly be understood by atheists and the likes of Richard Dawkins.
For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
There is only one point in the Bible wherein God can be considered racist! This is where He loves the human race more than the angels. By that, He becomes racist – in the true sense - but again as with a managerial God, He has order. Among the human race however, the playing field is level: they who do not form or conform into his image lose their right to be a race worth preserving.
HEBREWS 2:16 (RSV)
For surely it is not with angels that he is concerned but with the descendants of Abraham.
God loves humans more than anything in His creation!
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL
The Bible calls the Israelites as "God's chosen people.” Chosen, why and for what? Certainly not because God is racist! The Israelites were chosen for them to be the forefathers of the "seed.” Notice that seed is singular, and it refers to Christ.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
THE ROMANS 9:4-5
4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
The chosen "seed" coming from the race of Abraham will be the savior of all other races on earth!
THE ACTS 2:39
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
As flashback, Israelites were said to be God’s people. There was the intention of God to make them be, but as history reveals, Israel failed with all their idolatry and sinfulness. The iniquities of the Israelites reached the pinnacle of His patience and leniency that He took from them His kingdom and promised to establish it among the very people whom the Israelites hated most – the Gentiles. This emphasizes that God is not a racist, but a God of justice, founded on reasons and equity.
Remember that Israel was most favored by God at that time they were commanded to drive away the wayward Canaanites. Next, it was their turn to be deprived of blessings because of their hard-heartedness. This is a prophecy being fulfilled for the end times – and that is today – whether you believe it or not.
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
THE ROMANS 11:25
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
A racist would disregard justice. God, however, practices justice which practice reverberates deep within the heart of an intelligent being like a human made from the likeness and image of his Creator GOD! But certainly not in humans who are descendants of beasts like Darwin.
Nature works within the human race. Naturally nature works with a common pattern for humans. Humans with short stature bear offspring of short stature too. But nature has extra-curricular activities!
A dwarf is a short-statured person whose adult height is 4 feet 10 inches or under. Dwarfism can be caused by any one of more than 300 conditions, most of which are genetic and present at birth (http://kidshealth.org).
Disturbed by a variety of factors in the environment, the work of nature can be unnatural. A misbehaving immune system maybe the cause of autoimmune diseases.
An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake.
..When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system does not distinguish between healthy tissue and antigens. As a result, the body sets off a reaction that destroys normal tissues.
The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) or drugs may trigger changes that confuse the immune system. This may happen more often in people who have genes that make them more prone to autoimmune disorders. (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000816.htm)
What is wonderful to know is that God's pronouncement or words in the Bible can over-power the workings of nature!
God prohibits man's unnecessary intervention in nature, like crossbreeding.
Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle engender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee.
We can understand that this statute intends to conserve and preserve each particular species of animals and plants. Studies show that crossbreeding produce undesirable results, like genetically modified organisms, thus, proving again the scientificity of God's pronouncements in the Bible.
Big Cat Rescue is an organization that makes a pitch against crossbreeding animals. It asks a critical question and answers it: “Where do Ligers come from? Irresponsible breeders is the short answer.” Here is its more detailed explanation -
A liger is the result of breeding a male lion to a tigress. A tigon is the result of breeding a male tiger to a lioness. Since lions and tigers do not exist in the same areas, this is not something that happens in the wild. It is done in captivity by disreputable carnies to produce a freak that ignorant people will pay to see. These cats suffer from many birth defects and usually die young. Because ligers are usually larger than either parent, it also puts the tigress at great risk in carrying the young and may require C-section deliveries or kill her in the process. When the public quits paying to see these unfortunate creatures, the evil people responsible for breeding them will stop this inhumane practice.
In the campaign of Bigcatrescue.org, it warns the public of the evil motives behind this crossbreeding. It says –
…Anyone who cares about animals knows that this is a despicable thing to do because the cats have to spend their lives in deprivation and confinement and are genetically so unhealthy that they usually die young. The only reason anyone breeds ligers is to create a freak that simple-minded people will pay to see.
This organization that is bent on conserving lions and tigers in their natural state posted a story written by Maryann Mott dated August 5, 2005. The title is, “Ligers Make a ‘Dynamite’ Leap Into the Limelight.” The obvious motive however is to justify the need to crossbreed, hence the novel products - ligers and tigons. According to Bigcatrescue.org, this story “attempts to make it sound like there could be some reason to breed lions and tigers for public amusement.”
Ligers and Tigons
It’s half lion, half tiger, and completely real. Now thanks to a cameo in the 2004 cult movie Napoleon Dynamite, the liger has leaped into the limelight, prompting fans to ask, what are they really like?
The faintly striped, shaggy-maned creatures are the offspring of male lions and female tigers, which gives them the ability to both roar like lions and chuff like tigers - a supposedly affectionate sound that falls somewhere between a purr and a raspberry.
Weighing in at about a thousand pounds (450 kilograms) each, they typically devour 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of raw meat in a meal.
“For the most part they’re really laid back,” said Jason Hutcherson, vice president of Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain , Georgia. “They like to swim and play in the water.”
The drive-through wildlife park is believed to have the country’s largest concentration of ligers, housing ten of the massive cats.
Since 1999 the park has bred its male lion and female tiger many times, producing about 24 cubs.
Not all of them have been healthy, though. We’ve had 3 out of 24 that, for all practical purposes, were normal but developed as they grew older some kind of neurological disorder,” Hutcherson said.
Autopsies didn’t reveal what caused the cubs to develop “head shakes,” so park staff “chalked it up to a genetic defect,” Hutcherson said.
Accredited zoos frown on the practice of mixing two different species and have never bred ligers, says Jane Ballentine, a spokesperson for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, based in Silver Spring , Maryland. “Keeping the two species separate has always been standard procedure,” she said.
The story went on and on and one gets the feeling that the author is trying its best to be balanced, mentioning what health authorities said about these new breeds, but at the same time was gushing over such creatures of interest.
Back to (heterosexual) mating, one thing is certain, God never prohibited the mating of a black to a white race, or to a red race, or to a yellow race, for Him to be a racist. The example of Moses marrying an Ethiopian woman clearly did not elicit disapproval from God.
1 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4 And the LORD spoke suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
God approved of Moses marrying an Ethiopian or a black woman. He who created mankind is not a racist. In sum, it is still God who gives the standard of what is right and what is wrong with his creation – not just anyone especially Dawkins who dares to measure God although believing that he had descended from animals.
More to follow.